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February 19, 2007
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Lecture series created in memory of beloved dean of students opens Feb. 22

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — SUNY Upstate Medical University has established the E. Gregory Keating Global Health Lecture Series in memory of the dean of student affairs who died Aug. 17, 2006, as a result of injuries sustained in a glider accident.

Founded by SUNY Upstate medical students Elizabeth Dawson and Sarah Greenberg, the lecture series promotes Dr. Keating’s goal of putting knowledge into action by raising the awareness of global health issues.

The first lecture in the series is Feb. 22 and features the presentation “Mass Incarceration, Structural Violence, and Inequality: Today’s Criminal Justice Disaster and Tomorrow’s Medical Crisis” by award-winning criminal defense and civil rights attorney Alan Rosenthal and Ray Barnes, who acquired a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University during a 30-year incarceration in state prison. The lecture begins at 4 p.m. in the Medical Alumni Auditorium, Weiskotten Hall, 766 Irving Ave., Syracuse.

Additional lectures will be held March 7 and 8 and feature international public health expert Stephan Bezruchka, a senior lecturer at the University of Washington. On March 7, he will present two lectures in 204 Maxwell Hall on the Syracuse University campus: “Sapping Africa: How much of the health decline in Sub-Saharan Africa has resulted from colonial and post-colonial policies?” at 1 p.m.; and “Ten reasons to choose a career in the health professions” or “Is America Driving You Crazy?” at 7 p.m. Bezruchka will deliver a 4 p.m. lecture that day, titled “Energy Equity and Global Health,” in Weiskotten Hall, in a room still to be determined.

On March 8, Bezruchka will present “Population Health: the relationship of hierarchy and mortality” during Grand Rounds at SUNY Upstate Medical University. The presentation begins at 8:30 a.m. in a site still to be determined.

The lecture series continues April 13 with a presentation by Jok Madut Jok, Ph.D., 4 p.m. be in the Medical Alumni Auditorium, Weiskotten Hall.

All lectures are free and open to the public. For more information on the lecture series, call. Health Connections at 1-800-464-8668.

Keating served as dean of Student Affairs at SUNY Upstate since 2001. Prior to this appointment, he held the rank of professor in the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology with a joint appointment in the Department of Neurology. He joined SUNY Upstate in 1970 as assistant professor of anatomy after earning his doctorate in psychology from the University of Florida. His graduate specialty was neuroscience and his scientific interests focused on the neurophysiology of vision and eye movements. He had won several teaching awards, and was honored by SUNY with the rank of Distinguished Teaching Professor.

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