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Newman Centers present summer lecture series

Published: June 9, 2005

Reporter Editor

Maurizio Trevisan, dean of the School of Public Health and Health Professions, will discuss "Alcohol and Cardiovascular Disease" on Wednesday as part of "The Bridge," the Newman Centers' third annual summer lecture series.

Trevisan's lecture, as well as the remaining lectures in the series, will take place at 7 p.m. in the Newman Centers tent, 495 Skinnersville Road, North Campus. Admission is free.

The goal of the lecture series, presented by The Newman Centers at UB/Catholic Campus Ministry, is to connect the UB family with the surrounding community, says Msgr. J. Patrick Keleher, director of the Newman Centers at UB.

"The wealth of experience and knowledge that is within UB is truly magnificent," Keleher notes "We at the Newman Centers feel it is our privilege and sacred responsibility to showcase this wealth and share it with the surrounding communities that are our UB neighbors."

A former chair of the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine and interim dean of the School of Health Related Professions—the predecessor of the School of Public health and Health Professions—Trevisan's work focuses on the epidemiology and prevention of cardiovascular disease, with special emphasis on the role of nutrition and lifestyles.

The remainder of the lecture schedule:

  • June 22: David Triggle, University Professor and SUNY Distinguished Professor, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, "The Decline and Fall of Practically Everything: The Role of the University in the Privatization of Knowledge." A former UB provost and dean of the Graduate School, Triggle is the author of several books dealing with the anatomical nervous system and drug-receptor interactions. The Institute for Science Information lists him as one of the 100 most highly cited scientists in the field of pharmacology.

  • June 29: William McGuire, CEO, Kaleida Health, "Kaleida Health and Health Care in Buffalo." McGuire has served in executive positions in numerous health-care facilities across the nation, including a stint as president and CEO of Catholic Medical Centers of Brooklyn and Queens before coming to Buffalo in 2002 to assume the position as Kaleida's CEO.

  • July 13: Mary Cassata, associate professor for mass communication, Department of Communication, School of Informatics, "Soap Opera Health: Fact or Fancy, Real Doctors or Amnesiacs." Cassata is internationally recognized for her research in the genre of soap operas and is the author of several books on the subject. She directs the university's "Project Daytime," which studies and monitors the daytime television environment in the hopes of closing the gap between prime time and daytime television research. She teaches courses on the growth and development of the media; mass communication theory; media ethics, issues and controversies; social effects of the media; media literacy; and cultural indicators of daytime television.

  • July 20: Susan T. Roberts, clinical associate professor and director of the Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic, Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, and Robert Burkard, professor of communicative disorders and sciences, "Aging and Balance." As director of the Speech Language and Hearing Clinic, Roberts provides audiological services to individuals with balance and tinnitus problems. Burkard's areas of expertise are acoustics and auditor-evoked potentials. He is editor of the American Journal of Audiology.

  • July 27: Diane LaVallee, "It's Cool to Like the French Again." An attorney with Cohen and Lombardo, P.C., LaVallee spent 21 years as a prosecutor in both the Erie County District Attorney's Office and the New York State Attorney General's Office. While working for the DA, she served as the consumer fraud chief and chief of the Comprehensive Assault, Abuse and Rape Unit. The recipient of numerous awards including the Criminal Justice Award from the Erie County Bar Association, LaVallee has taught in the UB Law School and is a former director of the UB Alumni Association. She recently retuned from a six-month sabbatical in Lille, France, where she studied the French legal system.

  • Aug 3: Robert Paganelli, "Mideast Update." A retired foreign service officer with a specialty in the Arab countries of the Middle East, Paganelli was appointed the first U.S. ambassador to Qatar in 1974, and later served as ambassador to Syria. After his retirement from the Foreign Service, he served as executive director of the Young President's Organization, which provides continuing education for corporate CEOs.

  • Aug 10: Suzanne Dickerson, assistant professor, School of Nursing, "Seeking Health Information on the Internet: Now What Do You Do With It?" An alumna the UB School of Nursing, where she received master's and doctoral degrees, Dickerson is an expert in qualitative research methods and has published extensively on such topics as "help seeking" for cardiac-care patients and their loved ones, and the role and use of the Internet for nurses and patients in obtaining information on health-related topics. The recipient of a SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, she works with graduate and undergraduate students in such areas as advanced information technology, health promotion, nursing leadership and nursing history.

  • Aug 17: Msgr. James P. Keleher, "The Role of a Transitional Pope in a Modern Catholic World." The Rev. Msgr. J. Patrick Keleher, better known as Fr. Pat, is director of UB Campus Catholic Ministry. He maintains an ongoing interest in 20th century literature. He is a member of the Buffalo Finnegans Wake group, as well as the Joyce Circle.