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Vol. LXVI, No. 24
November 21, 2014

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Kumanyika To Give Gordon Lecture

Dr. Shiriki Kumanyika

The Robert S. Gordon, Jr. Lecture, part of the NIH Director’s Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series, will be given by Dr. Shiriki Kumanyika on Dec. 3 from 3 to 4 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. Her topic is “Research Directions for Solving the Obesity Epidemic in High-Risk Populations.”

Kumanyika is professor emerita of epidemiology in the department of biostatistics & epidemiology at Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.

Although obesity prevalence is high in the U.S. population as a whole, rates increase significantly for both children and adults in most racial/ethnic minority groups and for low-income populations in America. This is a persistent observation in need of explanation that can point toward effective, long-lasting solutions.

Kumanyika will discuss how social, economic and physical environments can influence eating and physical activity. She will also expound on the difficulty of evaluating these contributions in ways that can inform specific interventions while still recognizing the need to move promising research forward.

Kumanyika earned a Ph.D. in human nutrition from Cornell University and an M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins University. Before assuming her current position, she served as associate dean for health promotion and disease prevention at the University of Pennsylvania, where she established a university-wide interdisciplinary master of public health program. She is the founder and current chair of the African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network, which seeks to improve the quality, quantity and effective translation of research on weight issues in African-American communities.

The Gordon Lecture is sponsored by the Office of Disease Prevention. To watch the seminar online, visit

Sign language interpreters can be provided. Those who need reasonable accommodation to participate should contact Jacqueline Roberts,, (301) 594-6747 or the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339).

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