University of South Carolina

Changing shape of physical activity topic of Vernberg Lecture

Margaret Lamb; Margaret@mailbox.sc.edu; 803-777-5400

Physical activity in the Far East can mean something totally different in the Midwest. Factor in cultural norms and shifting attitudes over decades, and the topic can take on as many shapes as the human body can morph into.

The topic of physical activity over time and around the globe is the subject of this year’s Winona B. Vernberg Distinguished Lecture Series, which will be delivered Nov. 30 by Dr. Jeffrey P. Koplan, director of the Emory Global Health Institute and vice president for global health at Emory University.

Koplan’s talk ,which is sponsored by USC's Arnold School of Public Health, is set for noon in USC’s Russell House Theater. 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 Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and the Harvard School of Public Health. He is a Master of the American College of Physicians and a member of the U.S. Institute of Medicine.

Koplan 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. He is chair of the Visiting Committee to the School of Public Health of the Board of Overseers of Harvard University and the Wellcome Trust Population and Public Health Expert Review Group, U.K.

The Vernberg Lecture is named for the late Winona B. Vernberg, who was dean of the School of Public Health from 1980 – 1998. Under her leadership, the school grew to more than 1,000 students, six academic departments, and 77 full-time faculty.

A reception will take place in the Russell House lobby after the lecture.

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Posted: 11/17/11 @ 6:00 PM | Updated: 11/17/11 @ 5:34 PM | Permalink