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November 5, 2002

Expert on young adult health concerns to present inaugural Burroughs Wellcome Lecture at Birmingham-Southern College

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-Dr. Richard P. Keeling, one of the nation's leading authorities on critical health concerns facing young adults, will deliver the first Burroughs Wellcome Fund Lecture at Birmingham-Southern College Tuesday, Nov. 19.

Keeling will lecture on "Risks and Rewards: The Promise of Health in College" at 4:30 p.m. in Munger Hall Auditorium on campus. The event is free and open to the public. Tours of the college's new 100,000 square-foot, $25.1 million Elton B. Stephens Science Center will be conducted before the lecture beginning at 3:30 p.m. A reception will follow Keeling's talk at 5:30 p.m. in the atrium area of the Stephens Science Center.

As founder and chair of Richard P. Keeling & Associates Inc., Keeling has consulted with more than 600 colleges and universities to improve health, health-related services, and learning for young people. He is in his second term as editor of the "Journal of American College Health."

Keeling, who was named Health Educator of the Year in 1996 by the American Association for Health Education, also has served as director of the Department of Student Health at the University of Virginia and executive director of health services at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a member of the National Committee on Partnerships for Children's Health, past president of the International Society for AIDS Education, and was founding chief executive officer of Rethink Inc.

The annual lecture on infectious diseases is made possible through a grant from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund and Alabama native Dr. Gail H. Cassell, who is a nationally known expert on the subject. Cassell, vice president of Infectious Diseases, Drug Discovery Research, and Clinical Investigation for Eli Lilly and Company's Lilly Research Laboratories in Indianapolis, was honored during Birmingham-Southern's GALA XV celebration of women of achievement in May 2001.

Cassell, the former Charles H. McCauley Professor and chair of the Department of Microbiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, is an invited participant in congressional hearings related to infectious diseases and biomedical research. She holds degrees from both UAB and the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

The first Burroughs Wellcome Fund Lecture coincides with a yearlong celebration of the sciences at Birmingham-Southern, which began with the dedication last May of the new Elton B. Stephens Science Center on campus.



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