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Lecture in Applied Anthropology Scheduled for February 16

02/06/2012


Lecture in Applied Anthropology Scheduled for February 16

On Thursday, February 16, the St. John Fisher College Anthropology Department will host the College’s annual Lecture in Applied Anthropology. This year’s guest lecturer is Dr. Chris Reiber, MPH, Director, Graduate Program in Biomedical Anthropology and Associate Professor of Anthropology at the State University of New York at Binghamton. The event begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Golisano Gateway Midlevel.

Reiber’s lecture is entitled, “Synergies in Science: Applying Anthropology, Epidemiology, and Human Evolutionary Biology to Solve the Puzzle of Menopause.” Menopause is a complex phenomenon. There is tremendous variation among women, within and between cultures, in symptoms, experience, and the meanings ascribed to menopause. From an evolutionary perspective, the perplexing issue is, why do women outlive their reproductive lifespans? Several explanations have been offered, including the Extended Human Lifespan Hypothesis, the Grandmother Hypothesis, and the Female Gamete Competition. Reiber will discuss the logic, support, and implications of these models.

A biological anthropologist, Reiber’s expertise revolves around evolutionary and epidemiological modeling of women’s health issues, cardiovascular health, and substance abuse. She has experience as an analyst in the pharmaceutical industry, and has served as a faculty member at several schools within the University of Pittsburgh system, Maryville University, and Carlow College. Additionally, she has been an independent analytical consultant to federally-funded researchers in psychology and addiction medicine, and is the former Director of Analytical Services for the Clinical Trials Group of UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute’s Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP). Her research has included topics within women’s health, cardiovascular health, substance abuse and treatment, and evolutionary and epidemiological sciences.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.


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