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RESCHEDULED: 2019 Jane Menken Distinguished Lecture
March 13, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
This event has been rescheduled due to weather.
RESCHEDULED. Due to the impending weather in Boulder and the surrounding areas, the lecture on Wednesday has been cancelled. Please join us on Thursday for Kathie's lecture at IBS 155 from 12:30-2pm with light snacks and refreshments afterwards.
Prof. Harris will provide an overview of the health status of young adults in America who came of age during the obesity epidemic using data from the Add Health study, a national longitudinal cohort on U.S. adolescents who were in grades 7-12 in 1994-95 and have been followed for 25 years as they enter into their 30s. Dr. Harris will document the health status and disease risks in this young adult cohort and health disparities across age, sex, race, ethnicity, immigrant status, socioeconomic status and region of residence. In addition, Prof. Harris will report findings on the life course social, environmental, and behavioral precursors of chronic disease risk in young adulthood. Implications of this research portend future health trends for adults entering midlife in America and identify the key life stages and factors to target for intervention to reduce health risks in young adulthood before disease is manifest with its significant costs to individuals, families and society at large.
Kathleen Mullan Harris is the James Haar Distinguished Professor of Sociology at UNC Chapel Hill. She is a renowned scholar of social inequality and health, and the Director and Principal Investigator of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health). She was President of the Population Association of America in 2009 and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2014, where she serves as Chair of the Academy’s Committee on Population.
Reception with light snacks and refreshments will follow the lecture.