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Kennedy To Give Shannon Lecture, Nov. 20

Dr. Donald Kennedy, former FDA commissioner (1977-1979), former president of Stanford University and now editor of Science magazine, will deliver the sixth James A. Shannon Lecture on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. He will speak on "A Second Post-War Revolution in Biomedicine."

Kennedy, an internationally recognized neurophysiologist, was born in New York City and earned his undergraduate and doctoral degrees at Harvard University. After a 4-year period on the faculty of Syracuse University, he moved in 1960 to the department of biological sciences at Stanford, and served as chairman of the department from 1965 to 1972. He then became chairman of the program in human biology, an interdisciplinary undergraduate program.

Dr. Donald Kennedy

In 1977, Kennedy began a term as commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. He dealt with the ban on saccharin, the overhauling of the drug provisions of the Federal Drug and Cosmetics Act in the proposed Drug Regulation Reform Act of 1978, and conducted a major revision of many of the agency's manufacturing practices.

He left in June 1979 and returned to Stanford, where he was vice president for academic affairs and provost and then, from 1980 to 1991, president of the university. He also served on the board of directors of the Health Effects Institute (a nonprofit organization on pollution) and the California Nature Conservancy.

Kennedy is now Bing professor of environmental science, emeritus, at Stanford. His latest research program, conducted through the Institute for International Studies, includes interdisciplinary studies on policies regarding such environmental problems as: major land-use changes; economically driven alterations in agricultural practice; global climate change; and the development of regulatory policies. Kennedy, with several colleagues, completed Environmental Quality and Regional Conflict, an analysis undertaken at the invitation of the Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict.

The Shannon lecture series was established in 1997 by the NIH Alumni Association in honor of Dr. James A. Shannon, NIH director from 1955 to 1968. The lecture is an NIH Director's Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series event. For more information and reasonable accommodation, contact Hilda Madine, 594-5595.

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