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Kevin Coburn, Director of Communications
August 22, 2011
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Nationally Recognized Cancer Researcher to Speak at GMC Convocation

POULTNEY, VT - Green Mountain College has announced that Dr. Karen M. Emmons, associate dean for research and professor of society, human development, and health at the Harvard School of Public Health, will be the keynote speaker for the College's 2011 Convocation on Thursday, September 1 at Ackley Hall. The title of her talk is “The Imperative to Reduce Health Disparities.” The event is open to the public.

Dr. Emmons has devoted her career to developing community-based solutions to preventing and controlling cancer. A faculty member in the Center for Community-Based Research at the Dana-Farber Harvard Cancer Center in Boston, her expertise is in behavior change and policy interventions for behavioral cancer risk factors, particularly for low-income communities.

Dr. Emmons is a Fellow in the Society of Behavioral Medicine, and its immediate past-president. She received the Society's Distinguished Research Mentor Award in 2004 and the Morse Distinguished Researcher Award from the Dana-Farber Harvard Cancer Center in 2005. She provides extensive mentoring to junior faculty, and in 2008 she received both a Mentoring Citation from the Harvard School of Public Health and the Harold Amos Faculty Diversity Award from Harvard Medical School.

Her current research interests include preventing colon cancer among residents of low-income housing sites, exploring ways to increase smoking cessation rates among young adult survivors of childhood cancer, and finding sustainable approaches to increasing cancer screening in community health centers.

“Dr. Emmons represents the spirit of medical science in the service of social justice,” said Green Mountain President Paul Fonteyn. “Her work has an especially important impact on underserved people who do not have access to adequate healthcare, and who live in circumstances that are detrimental to health.”

Green Mountain College is a four-year co-educational liberal arts college with academic programs that focus on environmental sustainability and social justice.


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