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Assistant Professor of Public and Health Administration Nikki Shipley and Associate Professor of Gerontology Kelly Niles-Yokum discuss the issue of dying alone. Shipley said the number of Americans living alone has risen, a contributing factor in the increased number of people dying alone in their homes. Niles-Yokum explained that many who die alone have no close family, so their burials become the responsibility of the city they live in. The Tuesday lecture was part of the weekly faculty lecture series./ photo by Spencer Croce

Survey shows trend of dying alone

Kelly Niles-Yokum, associate professor of gerontology, and Nikki Shipley, assistant professor of public and health administration, spoke on “A Solitary Death: The Intersection of the Aging Networks and the Phenomenon of Dying Alone in Southern California” Tuesday in the President’s Dining Room.

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Assistant Professor of Public and Health Administration Nikki Shipley explains current living conditions for chronic and newly homeless people on Los Angeles’ Skid Row. Once homeless people get off the streets, they can begin to take care of themselves, including focusing on finding work and taking charge of their health care, Shipley said. Shipley’s talk, “There’s No Place Like Home:A Model for Reducing Homelessness,” Tuesday was part of the weekly faculty lecture series. / photo by Janelle Kluz

Professor dispels myths about homeless

Audience members filled out surveys identifying their role models, important people in their lives, and activities that are important to them and possessions that hold value for them. Nikki Shipley, assistant professor of public and health administration, instructed everyone to cross out one item on each list.

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Jack Meek, professor of public administration, presents his lecture “Metropolitan Systems and Networks as Complex Adaptive Systems” Monday in the President’s Dining Room for the faculty lecture series. Following Meek’s lecture, Kevin Marshall, professor of law; Marcia Godwin, associate professor of public administration; and David Chappell, associate professor of physics, contributed to the topic by explaining rules for innovation, innovative cities and complex patterns. / photo by Emily Bieker

Los Angeles studied as a complex web

Jack Meek, professor of public administration, discussed the issues of complex systems in cities and analyzed his recent research on the topic in the faculty lecture “Metro­politan Systems and Networks as Complex Adaptive Systems” Monday in the President’s Dining Room.

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