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Bentley Provost Seminar Series Examines E-Health Communication and Cancer

February 28, 2005

WALTHAM, Mass. - As part of its emphasis on promoting practical research that addresses current and future issues in the world of business and society more generally, the Provost Seminar Series at Bentley continues with a lecture by Gary L. Kreps entitled "E-Health Communication and Cancer." An authority on health communication, Kreps is among several internationally recognized professionals and researchers invited to Bentley this year to discuss topics for scholars and practitioners dedicated to a transdisciplinary treatment of key issues in the modern world. The seminar will be held on April 8 in the LaCava Campus Center at Bentley. The program is free and open to the public.

"Communication is central to cancer prevention, control, and care," says Kreps. "Yet cancer communication is very complex and challenging. Evolving e-health applications are developing as powerful communication tools for providing relevant information and support to health care consumers and providers." His presentation will examine how new e-health tools are helping to meet expanding cancer information needs, while identifying strategies for overcoming major challenges to information access, quality, and privacy.

Gary L. Kreps is Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication at George Mason University (GMU) in Fairfax, VA, where he holds the Eileen and Steve Mandell Endowed Chair in Health Communication. He also holds a joint faculty appointment with the National Center for Biodefense at GMU. Prior to his appointment, he served for five years as the founding Chief of the Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), where he planned, developed, and coordinated major new national research and outreach initiatives concerning risk communication, health promotion, behavior change, technology development, and information dissemination to promote effective cancer prevention, screening, control, care, and survivorship. He has also served as the Founding Dean of the School of Communication at Hofstra University in New York, Executive Director of the Greenspun School of Communication at UNLV, and in faculty and administrative roles at Northern Illinois, Rutgers, Indiana, and Purdue Universities. He holds a PhD from the University of Southern California.

The seminar will be held on Friday, April 8, 2005 from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. in the LaCava Campus Center, Room 325, followed by a reception. The event is free but pre-registration is requested. Please RSVP for the seminar and reception to Diane Whelan, Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at (phone) 781-891-2471 or email:

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