NIAAA’s Hingson Keynotes SPHHS Seminar & Panel Discussion on Alcohol Use

October 17, 2014

The School of Public Health and Health Sciences presents the ENVIRON Seminar & Panel Discussion on “The Complexity of Alcohol Use: The Role of Science, Government, and the Community” on Wednesday, October 29th, from 3:00-5:00 pm in Room 240 of the Integrated Learning Center.

Ralph Hingson, Sc.D., M.P.H., Director of the Division of Epidemiology and Prevention Research at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), will deliver the keynote address on “Preventing Alcohol-Related Injuries.” Dr. Hingson is a nationally-renowned expert on alcohol use who has authored or co-authored 170 research articles and book chapters, including studies of the effects of: (1) Raising the legal drinking age, (2) Zero tolerance laws for drivers under 21, (3) .08% legal blood alcohol limits for adult drivers, (4) comprehensive community programs to reduce alcohol problems, (5) early drinking onset on alcohol dependence, traffic crashes, unintentional injuries and physical fights after drinking, as well as 6) assessments of morbidity and mortality associated with underage drinking, drinking by U.S. college students ages 18-24, and interventions to reduce both underage and college drinking. Dr. Hingson currently serves on the World Health Organization (WHO) coordinating council to implement WHO’s global strategic plan to reduce the harmful use of alcohol.

Following the keynote lecture, Kenneth Mundt, Ph.D., M.S., Health Sciences Global Practice Area Leader and Director of Applied Epidemiology for ENVIRON, will deliver a presentation on “Alcohol and Chronic Disease Risk: An Epidemiological Paradox.”

Joining the speakers for a panel discussion will be representatives from the campus community, including Gloria DiFulvio, Senior Lecturer and Undergraduate Program Director in Public Health; Sally Linowski, UMass Amherst Assistant Dean of Students; Nicole Rau, an MPH student in the Community Health Education program; and Jennifer Raichel, the Undergraduate Experience Committee Chairwoman of the UMass Amherst Student Government Association. Sonya Satinsky, Director of the Center for Health Promotion, University Health Services, will serve as panel moderator. The panel group invites questions from the audience in this open forum Q&A panel format.

A reception will follow the seminar and panel discussion. The event is free and open to the public.