Ethics panel, national health leader, other events to celebrate health college

March 6, 2012

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A family fitness fair, ethics panel, fashion show and lecture by the CEO of the American Cancer Society are some of the events to celebrate the Purdue University College of Health and Human Sciences on March 20-31.

Information about the public and campus events for the celebration, called Life Inspired: 12 Days, Countless Opportunities, is available at

Events that are free and open to the public are:

      * March 20, 7:30 p.m. Stewart Center's Loeb Playhouse. "There is No Normal," by Aimee Mullins, an athlete, fashion model, advocate and actress. Mullins, who learned to walk on prosthetic legs by her second birthday, is a Paralympian in track and field who set world records in 1996 and was named last year as a L'Oreal Paris global brand ambassador.

      * March 21, 7 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 322. "Stakeholders of Today in Human Research: The Ongoing Legacy of Henrietta Lacks." A panel discussion based on Rebecca Skloot's book, "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks." Panel participants include Elizabeth Kipp Campbell, director of Purdue's Human Research Protection Program; Philip S. Low, Ralph C. Corley Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry and founder of Endocyte; and Jonathan Beever, a doctoral student in philosophy and co-founder of the Purdue Lectures in Ethics, Policy and Science.

      * March 26, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Purdue Memorial Union Ballrooms. Family Fitness Fair. The event will feature yoga and Zumba demonstrations, an obstacle course, Hula Hoop contests, healthy snacks, and other fun and educational activities for adults and children ages pre-school and up.

      * March 30, 7 p.m. Dauch Alumni Center, Prusiecki Banquet Room. "Bringing Cancer Under Control Earlier in the 21st Century: What it Will Take," by John Seffrin, chief executive officer of the American Cancer Society. Seffrin is an alumnus who graduated with a doctorate degree in health and kinesiology in 1970 and received an honorary degree from Purdue in 2003. This event is co-sponsored by the West Lafayette Sagamore Lion's Club and the Purdue University Center for Cancer Research.

Also, the Purdue Fashion Association Spring Fashion Show is 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on March 24. Tickets are $15 or $20, and are on sale in Matthews Hall, Room 201, or by contacting Jeannie Navarre at 765-494-8356.

Events open to Purdue students include:

      * March 27, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Marriott Hall, Main hallway on the first floor. The College of Health and Human Sciences study abroad photo contest. Information for students in the college to submit photos by March 9 is available at

      * March 29, 7 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 218A&B. Connections: Bridging Students to Alumni networking event. This event is designed to help alumni and current students from the College of Health and Human Sciences connect with one another to promote membership and participation in Purdue Alumni Association.

The College of Health and Human Sciences was launched in July 2010 as part of Purdue's New Synergies strategic plan to realign nine academic units and elevate Purdue's reputation in health and human sciences.

There are more than 4,500 undergraduate and 500 graduate students in the college, as well as 207 faculty and 391 staff members. The college is home to the departments of Consumer Sciences and Retailing; Health and Kinesiology; Human Development and Family Studies; Nutrition Science; Psychological Sciences; Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences; and the schools of Health Sciences, Hospitality and Tourism Management, and Nursing. The Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences was recently ranked nationally. The college's nine distinguished professors are in the departments of Psychological Sciences; Human Development and Family Studies; Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences; and Nutrition Science. The Department of Nutrition Science also is home to a member of the Institute of Medicine.

Writer: Amy Patterson Neubert, 765-494-9723,

Source: Wendi Ailor, director of alumni relations and special events for the College of Health and Human Sciences, 765-494-7890, 

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