'Physical Activity Over Time and Around the Globe' is topic of lecture honoring former Dean Winona Vernberg
November 16, 2011
Dr. Jeffrey P. Koplan, director of the Emory Global Health Institute and vice president for global health at Emory University, will be the featured guest speaker at the 2011 Winona B. Vernberg Distinguished Lecture Series on Wednesday, Nov. 30.
The lecture, titled "Physical Activity Over Time and Around the Globe," will take place at noon in USC's Russell House Theater. The Arnold School of Public Health event is free and open to the public.
The Vernberg Lecture is named for Dr. Winona B. Vernberg, the beloved former dean of USC's Arnold School of Public Health. During her 18-year tenure as dean, the school grew to have more than 1,000 students, six academic departments, and 77 full-time faculty.
Koplan is a co-founder and president of the International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI).
A former director (1998 - 2002) and 26-year veteran of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Koplan began his public health career in the early 1970s as a member of the CDC's Epidemic Intelligence Service. He has worked on many major public health issues, including infectious diseases such as smallpox and HIV/AIDS; environmental issues such as the Bhopal chemical disaster; and the health toll of tobacco, obesity and chronic diseases around the globe.
He is a graduate of Yale College, the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, and the Harvard School of Public Health, and he is a Master of the American College of Physicians and a member of the U.S. Institute of Medicine.
Koplan has served on many advisory groups and consultancies in the United States and overseas. He has written more than 210 scientific papers and is a trustee of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The China Medical Board and the Marcus Family Foundation. A former trustee of Yale University, Koplan chairs the Visiting Committee to the School of Public Health of the Board of Overseers of Harvard University; chairs The Wellcome Trust Population and Public Health Expert Review Group, U.K.; and serves on the UNICEF/WHO Expert Committee on Polio Eradication.
A reception will follow the event.