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Capaldi to Address Women Leaders in Higher Education

By Arthur Page

Release Date: April 11, 2002

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Provost Elizabeth D. Capaldi will give the keynote address at the annual conference of the Western New York Network for Women Leaders in Higher Education, to be held April 26 in the Center for Tomorrow on UB's (Amherst) Campus.

The theme of the conference is "Why Do We Like the Foods We Like: The Good, the Bad and the Fattening."

The program will include the presentation of the Bernice Poss Award, given annually to an outstanding woman in higher education, to Marsha D. Jackson, associate vice president for student affairs at Erie Community College.

Capaldi, who served as provost of the University of Florida before coming to UB in 2000, is an expert in the psychology of eating. Her research interests focus on why we like the foods we eat, or more generally, how motivation can be learned. She has contributed more than 60 chapters, articles and books to the literature, co-authored an introductory psychology textbook and edited two books.

She is a past president of the American Psychological Society and has been elected a fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She received a bachelor's degree from the University of Rochester and a doctorate in experimental psychology from the University of Texas.

Following Capaldi's lecture, participants will break into "roundtable" discussion groups to examine the conference theme and how it applies to their professional and personal lives.

The conference will open with registration at 8:30 a.m. Capaldi will speak at 9:30 a.m., and the "roundtables" are scheduled from 10:30-11:15 a.m. A question-and-answer session with Capaldi will follow. The Poss Award will be presented during the luncheon, which is set to begin at noon.

For more information about the conference or to register, contact Judy Wollard at 286-8423, or jaw@niagara.edu.