Events Archive

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 7:00pm
UC 308

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 5:00pm
Global Health Club
First Club Meeting is Monday, December 4 th at
5:00 pm in STEPS 190
This week we will be discussing similarities and differences between
the U.S. healthcare system and those of other countries around the
world. We will also be discussing upcoming volunteer opportunities, as
well as some internship opportunities for over the summer.
New members are always welcome!
We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 4:00pm
Maginnes Hall, Room 102

Department of English and Health, Medicine and Society

You Like Horror Stories and You Want to be a Doctor: Zombies, Horror and General Narratives as Remedies for the Malaise of Modern Medical Education

This lecture will begin with a discussion of the utility of the zombie trope in medical education, move from there to the importance of stories in medical education and practice, and end with a discussion of the special role that horror stories can helpfully and perhaps paradoxically play in the development of caring physicians. Unless the real zombies show up, that is. If that happens, we’ll spend our time together figuring out where the best bunkers on campus are located. 
Dr. Steven Scholzman is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.  He has done academic, creative, and public engagement work on zombies. He is the author of the popular novel The Zombie Autopsies, which has been optioned for film adaptation by George Romero. He teaches a freshman seminar at Harvard University that focuses on horror and thrillers in literature and film. 


Monday, November 6, 2017 - 12:00pm
Maginnes 102 and Williams Hall, Roemmele Global Commons
Film Screening 
Clínica de Migrantes: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness
Followed by Q & A
Dr. Steve Larson, Director, Philadelphia Migrant Clinic
Max Pozdorovkin, Film Director 
In this stirring documentary, director Maxim Pozdorovkin (Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, 2013; The Notorious Mr. Bout, 2014) tells the story of Puentes de Salud, a volunteer-run clinic that provides free medical care to undocumented immigrants in South Philadelphia. Clínica de Migrantes follows the workers and patients of Puentes through months of routine care and growth. Along the way, the film puts a face to the millions of people who exist on the margins of society: people displaced from their homelands, separated from their families, unfamiliar with the customs, unable to obtain health insurance and terrified to come forward to seek medical help. Along with revealing these patients’ stories, Clínica de Migrantes shines a light on the heroic doctors and nurses who work pro bono to ensure these people receive care, offering a deeply moving look at the limitless potential of humanity. 
Two Screening Times
Monday, November 6, 2017
12:00 PM | Maginnes Hall, Room 102
4:10 PM | Williams Hall, Roemmele Global Commons

Monday, October 23, 2017 - 7:15pm
Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas
Researchers have recently discovered a dangerous biological syndrome caused by abuse and neglect during childhood. As the new documentary Resilience reveals, toxic stress can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time, and early death. While the broader impacts of poverty worsen the risk, no segment of society is immune. Resilience, however, also chronicles the dawn of a movement that is determined to fight back. Trailblazers in pediatrics, education, and social welfare are using cutting-edge science and field-tested therapies to protect children from the insidious effects of toxic stress-and the dark legacy of a childhood that no child would choose. 
Directed by James Redford, l hour 
Film will have a talkback afterward with: 
Roberta Meek, Director, Africana Studies, Muhlenberg College 
Hasshan Batts, Lehigh Valley Social Impact Center 
Sirry Along, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Lehigh University 
Yuriko de la Cruz, MPH, Lehigh Valley Health Network 
Film is free and open to the public.
Screeing is 7:15 PM
Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas
ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks
101 Founder's Way, Bethlehem
Sponsored by Mellon Digital Humanities Initiative and co-sponsored by Health, Medicine and Society

Monday, October 9, 2017 - 7:15pm
Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas
The film was two years in the making, with more than forty voices advocating for reform, including: activists, health policy experts, economists, physicians, nurses, patients, business and labor leaders. This documentary takes an in-depth look into how our dysfunctional health care system is damaging our economy, suffocating our businesses, discouraging physicians and negatively impacting on the nation's health, while remaining un-affordable for a third of our citizens. 
Directed by Richard Master, 58 min 
Film will have a talkback afterward with: 
Jude-Laure Denis, Executive Director, POWER Northeast 
Kristin Clague Reihman, MD, Associate Faculty, LVHN Family Medicine Residency Program
Laura Katz Olson, Professor of Political Science, Lehigh University 
Film is free and open to the public.
Screeing is 7:15 PM
Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas
ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks
101 Founder's Way, Bethlehem
Sponsored by Mellon Digital Humanities Initiative and co-sponsored by Health, Medicine and Society


Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 4:15pm
UC 308
Grants for Experiential Learning in Health (GELH)
Join us! Be inspired and learn more at the 2017 Grant Recipient Presentations 
This is a great opportunity for students interested in the 2018 round of grant submissions to get ideas, inspiration and knowledge about the different types of projects that have been supported.
GELH Student Presentations
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
University Center, Room 308
4:15 p.m.
2018 Grant Applications
Applications will be accepted October 3, 2017 through Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.


Monday, September 25, 2017 - 7:15pm
Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas
Care delves deep into the world of home elder care through the eyes of both paid caregivers and their elderly clients. Through personal stories, Care reveals the deep humanity and poignancy of care work, as well as the challenges faced by elders, their families and their care workers. It also reveals the beginning of a movement to improve how we care-both for the growing number of older adults and for those who make their lives livable. At a moment of great division in our country, Care highlights an issue that affects us all - urban and rural, immigrant and native born, red state and blue. Providing quality care for an aging population will require reimagining how we value and compensate care workers and how we support families who need their services. 
Directed by Deirdre Fishel, l hour 
Film will have a talkback afterward with: 
Tonya Morrow, Member Leadership and Action Coordinator, SEIU Health Care PA 
Judith Lasker, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Lehigh University
Film is free and open to the public.
Screeing is 7:15 PM
Frank Banko Alehouse CInemas
ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks
101 Founder's Way, Bethlehem
Sponsored by Mellon Digital Humanities Initiative and co-sponsored by Health, Medicine and Society

Friday, September 8, 2017 - 12:00pm
Maginnes Hall, Room 101

Interested in an HMS Major? 

Join us at our information session to learn what courses are required and get assistance through the declaration process.
Sponsored by the Health, Medicine and Society Program.

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 4:15pm
Williams Hall, Roemmele Global Commons
Globalization and Health in Ghana 
Inaugural Poster Exhibit - Join Us!  
Interested in Globalization and Health?   
Thinking of studying abroad in Ghana?  
Come watch a short video of Lehigh's first credit bearing trip to Ghana, and hear about student projects and experiences.   
Light refreshments will be served.  
Sponsors: Africana Studies, Global Studies and Health, Medicine & Society

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 4:15pm
Williams Hall Roemmele Global Cmmons

Health, Medicine and Society
Tuesday, May 2 @ 4:10 pm
Williams Hall, Roemmele Global Commons

Ice Cream Social
Announcement ofHMS Student Achievement Award Winners! 



Friday, April 28, 2017 - 2:15pm
Maginnes Hall, Room 290

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 7:30pm
Packard Lab, Room 101

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 6:00pm
Maginnes 101

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 4:00pm
Packard Lab, Room 101
To Speak About His Quest to Solve Global Health Challenges using Biotechnology
♦ The most cited engineer in history
♦ One of the 10 most cited individuals in history
♦ Largest biomedical engineering lab in the world
♦ Youngest person in history (at age 43) to be elected to all three American science academies: 
            ♦ The National Academy of Sciences
            ♦ The National Academy of Engineering
            ♦ The National Academy of Medicine
♦ Charter member of National Academy of Inventors
♦ One of four living individuals to have received both the U.S. National Medal of Science and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation
♦ Winner of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, the most influential prize in the world for engineering
♦ Recently dubbed "The Edison of Medicine" by Harvard Business Review

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 4:00pm
Williams Hall, Room 070

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 4:00pm
Williams Hall Roemmele Global Cmmons
Careers in Health Panel Discussion 
Featuring multiple health professionals from different health fields, many of whom are Lehigh alumni. This panel will provide advice and perspectives on pursuing a career in health.
Hasshan Batts, LCSW, CADC 
North Carolina A & T State University MSW ‘05 (Social Work)
Ph.D. Candidate, Nova Southeastern University (Health Science)
Neighborhood Health Centers of the Lehigh Valley
Hope Kincaid, MPH, CPH
Lehigh University BA ‘09 (Sociology and Anthropology) (HMS)/Drexel University MPH ‘11 
Biostatistician, Lehigh Valley Health Network
Kimberly Kushner, MPH
Lehigh University BS ‘10 (Applied Life Sciences)/Yale University MPH ‘12 
Engagement Manager, Acquis Consulting Group
Beth Souders, MS 
Lehigh University BS‘06 (Molecular Biology)/Arcadia University MS ‘08 (Genetic Counseling)
Certified Genetic Counselor, Ambry Genetics
Mary Stock-Keister, MD 
University of Rochester BA ‘97 (Biology)/Penn State College of Medicine MD‘01
Family Physician, Lehigh Valley Health Network
Nishika Vidanage, MPH 
Lehigh University BA ‘07 (Sociology and Cultural Anthropology),  MA ‘09 (Sociology)
University of Pennsylvania MPH ‘12
Public Health Advisor, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 4:00pm
Williams Hall Roemmele Global Cmmons
“A Community Based Participatory Research Approach to Reduce HIV Risk among Heroin and Crack Users on the U.S.-Mexico Border” 
Julia Lechuga 
Assistant Professor of Education and Health, Medicine and Society
The presentation will highlight factors at multiple levels (structural, inter-personal, and individual) that place substance users, living on the U.S.-Mexico border, at heightened risk of contracting HIV and the Community Based Participatory Research Approach undertaken to curtail such risk. 


Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 4:00pm
Williams Hall, Roemmele Global Commons
“Ebola, Zika, and Other Emerging Infectious Diseases” 
David M. Morens, M.D. 
CAPT, United States Public Health Service Senior Advisor to the Director 
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
National Institutes of Health
The presentation will discuss why new infectious diseases keep on emerging, the threats they pose to humans, and what we can do about them. 


Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 12:00pm
Williams Hall, Room 070
HIV Testing Histories among Young Adults in the U.S. 
Dr. Sirry Alang
Department of Sociology and Anthropology/Health, Medicine and Society
Sydney Bornstein ‘18
Biology and Health, Medicine and Society
One in five new HIV cases in the U.S. is a person under the age of 25. About half of young adults who are HIV  positive are unaware of their status. Routine testing is a crucial HIV prevention strategy. Using data from the national health interview survey,  we identify socioeconomic  and health factors that are associated with an affirmative testing history among 18-24 year olds. We also show how HIV testing history varies by gender, race, and sexual orientation.  
Bring your own lunch.  Beverages and dessert provided.


Monday, March 6, 2017 - 4:30pm
Maginnes Hall, Room 111
Apply to be a H.E.A.R.T.S.Link Volunteer! 
Attend our information session on March 6th at 4:30pm in MG111
Health, Education, Advocacy, & Resources at Temple-St. Luke’s is a student-run free clinic dedicated to serving the uninsured and underinsured population of Bethlehem. As a HEARTSLink Volunteer, you will work with patients and their families to address barriers to care and make a real change in healthcare delivery in our community.
Alongside a team of medical professionals, you will:
• Work with patients to navigate our complex healthcare system
• Assess social determinants of health
• Link patients with available resources
• Help patients take control of their health
• Gain experience working directly with an underserved population
• Work on preventive care and health education
Located at the Broughal Family Center
114 W. Morton Street
Bethlehem, PA 19015
For more info call: 484-526-2100 or Email:
Applications due to by March 31st

Monday, March 6, 2017 - 4:15pm
Roemmele Global Commons, Williams Hall
Health, Medicine and Society Program 
Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
A Bun in the Oven: How the Food and Birth Movements Resist Industrialization
Barbara Katz Rothman 
Professor of Sociology, Public Health and Women’s Studies at the City University of New York
There are people dedicated to improving the way we eat, and people dedicated to improving the way we give birth.  A Bun in the Oven is the first comparison of these two social movements.  The food movement has seemingly exploded,  but Little has changed in the diet of most Americans.  And while there’s talk of improving the childbirth experience, most births happen in large hospitals, about a third result in C-sections, and the US does not fare well in infant or maternal outcomes. In A Bun in the Oven Barbara Katz Rothman traces the food and the birth movements through three major phases over the course of the 20th century in the United States: from the early 20th century era of scientific 
management; through to the consumerism of Post World War II with its ‘turn to the French’ in making things gracious; to the late 20th century counter-culture midwives and counter-cuisine cooks.  The book explores the tension throughout all of these eras between the industrial demands of mass-management and profit-making, and the social movements -composed largely of women coming together from very different feminist sensibilities - which are working to expose the harmful consequences of industrialization, and make birth and food both meaningful and healthy.
Katz Rothman, an internationally recognized sociologist named ‘midwife to the movement’ by the Midwives Alliance of North America, turns her attention to the lessons to be learned from the food movement, and the parallel forces shaping both of these consumer-based social movements.  In both movements, issues of the natural, the authentic, and the importance of ‘meaningful’ and ‘personal’ experiences get balanced against discussions of what is sensible, convenient andsafe.  And both movements operate in a context of commercial and corporate interests, which places profit and efficiency above individual experiences and outcomes.  A Bun in the Oven brings new insight into the relationship between our most intimate, personal experiences, the industries that control them, and the social movements that resist the industrialization of life and seek to birth change. 

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 5:30pm
Lehigh Global Health Club is committed to global health education. We are dedicated to learning about various health care systems around the world and providing assistance to undeveloped communities around the world, including the Lehigh Valley community
Join us as we discuss the pros and cons of Medical Marijuana, as well as various volunteer and service trip opportunities for the semester
If you cannot make it to the meeting and would like to become a
member of the Global Health Club, please contact

Friday, February 3, 2017 - 5:00pm
Taylor Hall, Blue Lounge

STEM Community Alumnus Talk

Julia Klees, MD, MPH
BASF Corporation

February 3, 2017
5 to 7 pm
Taylor Hall, Blue Lounge


For more information on Dr. Klees, click here...

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 6:00pm
Lamberton Hall

World Cancer Day Forum and it is going to be held at Lamberton Hall on Wednesday, February 1st from 6-8pm. From 6-6:30 there will be refreshments and the opportunity for students, staff and community members to learn more about ACS.

There will be three speakers –

1) Our local ACS CAN grassroots manager on advocacy and policy

2) Dr. Rohatgi from Easton Hospital, an oncologist and breast surgeon, on his role as an oncologist and cancer prevention, and

3) Dr. Perl from UPenn on his research on acute myelogenous leukemia

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 12:00pm
Williams Hall, Room 070
“Malaria: Forgotten from the History Books: The Unrecognized, yet Amazing Influence of Malaria on World History”
Priyokti Rana (‘18), IDEAS Program 
After traveling to the rural village of Bubiita, Uganda as an Iacocca intern and completing an independent study, Priyokti realized the scope of the effects that the malaria parasite has had on human history and our world. Because of malaria, wars have been won and lost, genetic mutations have occurred, and global institutions have been created. Join us to learn more about malaria’s history and how it continues to impact our modern world.
Bring your own lunch. 
Beverages and dessert provided.


Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 4:15pm
Williams Hall, Room 070
Interested in interning or conducting research in rural Uganda this summer?
Attend the information session to learn more!
November 17 @ 4:10pm in Williams 70
Students will learn about opportunities to intern through the Iacocca International Internship Program with Pathways Development Initiative (PDI). PDI is a local, grass-roots organization working to reduce poverty and
promote empowerment in the Bududa region of Uganda. Interns can work on a diversity of projects related to early education, public health, village savings and loans, small business development, and youth sports programs.
Students can also learn about opportunities to conduct public health, gender, or environmental – related research in Bududa, Uganda with funding through grants like GELH or Strohl.
Student-led research will be conducted under the supervision of Professor Kelly Austin and/or Professor Mark Noble.
All of these opportunities are fully funded and are open to undergraduate students of all majors. Only students that are returning to Lehigh University in Fall 2017 can apply (no graduating seniors).
The summer Uganda opportunities are 6-8 weeks in length, with (tentative) travel dates of around June 1-July 26. Lehigh students & faculty stay with a local family and have ample opportunities to learn about the culture and
work with community groups of interest. Bududa is a beautiful, mountainous region in Eastern Uganda. Activities include going on safari, hiking waterfalls, and coffee tours.
Please contact Professor Kelly Austin at if you have questions!

Dr. Dena Davis
Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 12:00pm
Williams Hall, Room 080
“Religious Exemptions to Mandatory Vaccinations: What's the Right Policy Response?”
Dr. Dena Davis
Presidential Endowed Chair in Health - Humanities/Social Sciences
Professor of Religion Studies and Health, Medicine and Society 
Dr. Davis’ research interests are primarily in bio ethics, but also in church & state, and religion & law. Within bioethics, she works primarily on issues in genetic research, Alzheimer’s Disease, reproductive technology and genetics, and decision making at the end of life. Her current projects include a book on genetic taboos; an edited book on the ethical, legal, social, and medical implications of human egg freezing; work on male and female genital alteration 
(aka circumcision) and the furor in New York over the practice known as metzitzah b’peh . 
Bring your own lunch. Beverages provided.


Dr. Robert Turrisi, Penn State University
Friday, November 11, 2016 - 3:15pm
STEPS, Rm. 290
Dr. Turrisi has conducted parent-based interventions to prevent adolescent and emerging adult drinking, drunk driving, binge drinking, and skin cancer. During his tenure, he has received significant grant funding to study adolescent and emerging adult decision-making and parent-teen communication with respect to drinking and drunk driving. Dr. Turrisi also serves as a consultant/grant reviewer for the National Institute of Health, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and National Cancer Institute. His presentation focuses on the role of parents in reducing student alcohol-related risks and how higher education personnel can involve parents in supporting college/university policies. Topics that will be covered include:
i. The Problem of High-Risk Drinking in Adolescents and Emerging Adults
ii. The Role of Parents, Peers & Availability of Alcohol
iii. Advantages/Disadvantages of a Prevention Framework
iv. Components of Parent-Based Interventions for High School and College
v. Overview on Evidence Based Parent Programs to Prevent Student Drinking
a. Do they Work?
b. How Do They Work?
c. Do They Work For Everyone?
vi. Considerations for Large-Scale Dissemination and Evaluation
Department of Psychology
Co-sponsor: Health, Medicine and Society

Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 5:00pm
Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center
Film Screening followed by discussion with Zach Ingrasci, Filmmaker 
Salam Neighbor is a documentary released in 2016 by the film production companies Living on One Dollar and 1001 MEDIA. The title means "hello" neighbor. The title has a dual meaning as the Arabic word "salam" also means "peace."The film documents the experiences of American filmmakers Zach Ingrasci and Chris Temple when they lived among 85,000 Syrians in Jordan's Za'atari refugee camp, which lies seven miles from the Syrian border. The filmmakers, who were the first allowed by the UN to register and set-up a tent inside a refugee camp, spent a month in Za'atari to cover what the UN Refugee Agency calls the world's most pressing humanitarian crisis.
Sponsored by the College of Arts and Science, Join the Dialogue Series
Center for Global Islamic Studies, Chaplain’s Office, Dean of Students Co-Sponsorship Fund, Doors of Clubs, Engineers without Borders, Global Citizenship Program, Global Studies Program, Health Medicine and Society, Humanities Center, Department of Journalism and Communications, Mellon Digital Humanities Initiative, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, No Lost Generation, Department of Political Science, Psi Upsilon, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Student Auxiliary Services; Student Senate, and Sustainable Development Program

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 4:30pm
Williams Hall, Room 070

For more information, click here...

Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 4:30pm
Maginnes Hall, Room 111

Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 12:00pm
Women's Center

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 4:15pm
UC 308
Grants for Experiential Learning in Health (GELH) support learning experiences for Lehigh undergraduates in the area of health or healthcare. 
Join us! Be inspired and learn more at the 2016 Grant Recipient Presentations Tuesday, October 25, 2016 | 4:15 p.m. | UC 308
Grant Applications Being Accepted NOW
Deadline: Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. 

Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 6:15pm

Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 4:15pm
Humanities Center, 224 W. Packer Avenue
When Breath Becomes Air
Paul Kalanithi
For readers of Atul Gawande, Andrew Solomon, and Anne Lamott, this inspiring, exquisitely observed memoir finds hope and beauty in the face of insurmountable odds as an idealistic young neurosurgeon attempts to answer the question What makes a life worth living?
First Monthly Meeting
September 29, 2016 @  4:10 p.m. 
Humanities Center 
To get a copy of the book, R.S.V.P. by September 15 to Erica Balco,
Co-sponsor: Humanities Center


Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 6:00pm
Mohler Lab, Room 355

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 4:15pm
Roemmele Global Commons, WIlliams Hall
David Zaale is an NGO founder, community leader, and life-long educator. He has a wealth of experience and wisdom on sustainability, development, and self-sufficiency. His talk will explore basic challenges to poverty in rural Uganda, as well as elements of culture and community. Zaale's NGO, Pathways Development Initiative (PDI), focuses on improving access to quality education for young children, empowering women, and developing a culture and infrastructure for savings and investments to promote health and to fight poverty.
Co-Sponsors: LU/UN Partnership and Global Studies

Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 7:00pm
Roemmele Global Commons, WIlliams Hall
ARISE: Artists Stand Against Sex Trafficking is an annual event that raises awareness and supports the fight against sex trafficking. 
Come enjoy free live music, watch live painting displays, see local artists work and have food & drinks. 
ARISE will be at Roemmele Global Commons, Williams Hall on September 17 from 7-10 pm. 
Support from the Center for Community Engagement. 

Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 4:15pm
Roemmele Global Commons, WIlliams Hall
Speakers Series on Ethics - Mistreating Health Inequities in the Genomic Age
Dr. Dorothy Roberts
George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology
University of Pennsylvania
Medicine has long defined disease and treated patients according to race. Although genomics has confirmed that race is not written in our genes, we are witnessing the re-creation of race in biological terms. Biotechnologies such as race-specific medicines and ancestry tests incorporate false assumptions of racial difference. The genetic understanding of race calls for technological responses to racial inequities, but it masks the impact of racism on our bodies and society. Instead, health justice requires affirming our common humanity by working to end social inequities supported by the political system of race.
The Speakers Series on Ethics is made possible by the Endowed Fund for the Teaching of Ethical Decision-Making, which was established in 2009.

Carrie Rich, '07
Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - 4:15pm
Sinclair Auditorium

Carrie Rich ('07) will share her personal values as well as how she created a career to reflect those values. Rich will give an overview of The Global Good Fund, a nonprofit organization built by and for social entrepreneurs based on the belief that growing leaders is the most effective strategy for solving complex social problems and achieving global good.  Rich will explain the role of health at The Global Good Fund.  The lecture will conclude with a conversation about the individual health of the social entrepreneur.  

Rich is the former Senior Director of Vision Translation at Inova Health System. She is currently an adjunct faculty member at George Washington University. Rich is co-author, of “Sustainability for Healthcare Management: A Leadership Imperative."

She is the 2016 EY Entrepreneur of the Year, recipient of the POLITICO Women Who Rule Award, Washington Business Journal 40 under 40, and Top 30 Start-ups to Watch.

Co-sponsors: Health, Medicine & Society, Science, Technology & Society and the Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016 - 4:15pm
Williams Hall, Roemmele Global Commons

Interdisciplinary Academic Programs Welcome Back Mixer
Meets 5 x 10 Professional Growth and Success Requirement

Academic Programs
Africana Studies • Global Studies • Classical Studies Cognitive Science • Environmental Studies • Asian Studies Global Citizenship • Science, Technology & Society Health, Medicine & Society • American Studies Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies • Jewish Studies Sustainable Development • Latin American Studies

NEW STUDENTS learn how interdisciplinary studies can enhance your academic goals and declare a major or a minor

CURRENT STUDENTS re-connect with classmates and faculty

FACULTY an opportunity to meet students and answer questions

Light Refreshments Served

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 4:30pm
Williams Hall, Roemmele Global Commons

Announcing HMS Student Achievement Award Winners!

Chris Newberry, filmmaker
Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 5:00pm
Sinclair Auditorium

Public Health Week

American Heart is a documentary about trauma, refugee resettlement, and healthcare in the U. S. Seven years in the making, this award-winning documentary takes viewers on an intimate journey into the lives of three refugees who now call America home. We get a glimpse of the failing health and remarkable lives of Thor Lem, a former political prisoner from Cambodia; Patrick Junior, a member of an oppressed ethnic minority in Burma; and Alex Gliptis, an Ethiopian refugee suffering from PTSD, diabetes and HIV. The health care challenges they face are made more complicated by the trauma they carry from the past. This window into the lives of refugees became a timely counter narrative when refugee resettlement emerged as a hot-button  issue in politics and the media in late 2015.

Question and Answer period following with Chris Newberry, filmmaker.

Snacks provided.

Co-sponsors:Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Global Studies and Africana Studies.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 5:00pm

Wednesday, April 6th from 5-7 PM, Peer Health will be hosting Simon Says Game Time at the President's House during National Public Health Week.

Stop by for free food, a free tank top (to the first 250 attendees), twister, badminton, four square, hop scotch, and more! You will have the opportunity to take your picture with President Simon from 5-6 PM. Then, you will have the opportunity to play trivia from 6-7 PM on a team against President Simon, Provost Farrell, Vice Provost Smeaton, and Vice President for Finance and Administration Patricia A. Johnson. T

his event is co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences: Health, Medicine, and Society, College of Engineering: Health Systems Engineering, College of Business & Economics: Economics, and the College of Education: Education and Human Services.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Rachel Sholder, President of Peer Health Group,

Monday, April 4, 2016 - 4:15pm
Williams Hall, Roemmele Global Commons

Public Health Week

Careers in Health Panel, featuring multiple health professionals from different health fields, many of whom are Lehigh alumni. This panel will provide advice and perspectives on pursing a career in health.

Zahir Carrington, LU, BA ‘10, Sociology and Anthropology/MA ‘12, Sociology
Medical Device Sales Representative, Olympus (NYC territory)

Bonnie Coyle, M.D. , PSU ‘84, Nutrition Science/Jefferson, MS-University of Maryland,
Health MS Public Health Director of Community Health, St. Luke’s and Adjunct Professor, Lehigh University

Alexandra Kamler, NYU, Gallatin School of Individualized Study ‘12 /Columbia, MPH ‘15
Research Associate, New York Academy of Medicine in the Center for Evaluation and Applied Research

Danielle Popow, LU, BA ‘12, Sociology and History
Research Partnerships Officer, Michael J. Fox Foundation

Katie Zabronsky, LU, BA ‘14, Journalism/HMS & Sociology minors/MA ‘15 Politics & Policy
Junior Associate, Rabin Martin, Global Health Strategy Firm, New York City

Andrea Lebron Rodriguez, LU, BA ‘15, Global Studies
Pursuing MPH, Columbia University

Katie Wich, LU, BA ‘98, Anthropology/MA ‘04 International Service
Senior Associate, The Food Trust, Philadelphia

Monday, April 4, 2016 - 12:00pm
Williams Hall, Room 070

Public Health Week

“Unpacking the Association between Stress During Pregnancy and Risk for Postpartum Depression”
Dr. Chris Burke, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

From physical strain to financial concerns to questioning one’s ability to be a good mother, pregnancy is a stressful time for many women. Research shows that higher levels of stress during pregnancy are associated with an increased risk for postpartum depression, but the reasons for this connection are not well understood. In this talk, Professor Burke presents two community-based longitudinal studies testing potential mechanisms. The first study investigates how negative reactivity to motherhood-related social support contributes to daily distress and postpartum depressive symptoms. The second study examines how two hormones – cortisol and estradiol – influence the carryover of distress from one day to the next during pregnancy and, in turn, postpartum depressive symptoms. Burke will finish by discussing plans for a third project aimed at understanding the stress of pregnancy from the perspective of women in the South Bethlehem community.

Bring your own lunch. Beverages and dessert provided.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 5:00pm
Humanities Center

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 4:15pm
Maginnes Hall, Room 113

Saturday, March 5, 2016 - 8:00am
Applebee's, 2109 Motel Drive Bethlehem, PA 18018

Dr. Emil DiIorio, M.D., CEO of Coordinated Health
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 4:15pm
Mohler Lab, Room 451

Dr. Judith N. Lasker
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 12:00pm
Williams Hall, Room 070

“Selecting a Good Health Volunteer Program: What to Look For”
Dr. Judith N. Lasker Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Dr. Judith N. Lasker, Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, will discuss her research on global health volunteering. Based on extensive interviews, surveys, and participant research in two programs, she has developed a set of recommendations for how potential volunteers can choose the best programs. Her research and recommendations are in a newly published book called “Hoping to Help: the Promises and Pitfalls of Global Health Volunteering”, Cornell University Press.

Bring your own lunch. Beverages provided.

Naomi Cahn, Harold H. Greene Professor of Law, GWU Law School
Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 4:00pm
Linderman Library, Room 200

Humanities Center "Relative" Series
Co-sponsors: Women, Gender & Sexuality and Health, Medicine & Society

Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 12:00pm
The Humanities Center

Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 12:00pm
Williams Hall, Room 080

Oceans and Human Health
Study in Bermuda - Summer 2016 Term!

Attend One of the Information Sessions Offered!
Thursday, February 4, 2016 12:00 PM or 4:00 PM in Williams Hall 080
Dates of the Program Sunday 5/22/2016 until Saturday 6/11/2016 (3 weeks total) 

The world’s oceans affect human health in many ways: they provide food and water to human populations; they are a point of exposure to pollutants, toxins, and diseases; and they provide pharmaceuticals and animals used in biomedical research. This course explores the interactions between oceans and human health. You will learn more about both human health issues and marine science, by studying the ways in which they intersect. You will gain an understanding of the major risks and benefits of our interactions with the ocean and will be introduced to technologies used to assess risk and to realize potential benefits. The course is based at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences, and you will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful beaches and fascinating history of the isolated island nation of Bermuda. 

Course Description: Study of ocean processes affecting human health and the contribution of marine organisms to medicine and research. Lectures, labs and fieldwork emphasize risks and benefits of our interactions with the ocean, and related research technologies.

Cost and Financial Aid Options: The total cost for the 3-week program is $5750*. This includes tuition for 4 Lehigh credits ($2760) and all expenses on the ground in Bermuda, including all meals, accommodations, ocean excursions and snorkeling trips, ground transportation and field trips, lab fees and coursework, etc.. We will stay on the beautiful campus of the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences, and a course outline and schedule can be provided upon request. We hope to accommodate all interested students regardless of financial need: various options for significant levels of financial aid are available, especially for students with demonstrated financial need.

For more information contact Prof. Mark Orrs or Prof. Kelly Austin

Fall 2015

Monday, December 7, 2015 - 12:00pm
Williams Hall, Room 070

Oceans and Human Health

Dates of the Program Sunday 5/22 until Saturday 6/11 (3 weeks total)

The world’s oceans affect human health in many ways: they provide food and water to human populations; they are a point of exposure to pollutants, toxins, and diseases; and they provide pharmaceuticals and animals used in biomedical research. This course explores the interactions between oceans and human health. You will learn more about both human health issues and marine science, by studying the ways in which they intersect. You will gain an understanding of the major risks and benefits of our interactions with the ocean and will be introduced to technologies used to assess risk and to realize potential benefits. The course is based at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences, and you will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful beaches and fascinating history of the isolated island nation of Bermuda. 

Course description: Study of ocean processes affecting human health and the contribution of marine organisms to medicine and research. Lectures, labs and fieldwork emphasize risks and benefits of our interactions with the ocean, and related research technologies.

For more information contact Prof. Mark Orrs or Prof. Kelly Austin

Monday, November 9, 2015 - 11:30am
Ben Franklin Tech Ventures-4th Fl.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 - 4:15pm
Linderman Library, Room 200

Intern with Pathways Development Initiative (PDI)!
• Fully funded 8 week internship from early June—early August 2016
• Live with the Zaale family in beautiful Bududa, Uganda nestled in the Mt. Elgon region
• Intern with PDI in a number of possible capacities:
• Work for the PDI Village Savings and Loans Association (VSLA), gathering data on savings and investments from local chapters, interviewing VSLA members for success stories and challenges, teaching local community members about the value of saving and investing in income-generating activities.
• Work at PDI Education Center teaching basic lessons to 5-9 year olds in English on reading, writing, math, art, and public health.
• Develop and implement health education on topics such as hygiene and hand washing, malaria prevention, HIV prevention and awareness, dental hygiene, and diarrhea to primary and secondary school children.
• Undergraduate students from any academic background are welcome!

Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 6:00pm
Packard 466

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 4:00pm

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 4:15pm
University Center 308
Grants for Experiential Learning in Health 
Please join the GELH Committee and the GELH 2015 Grant Recipients as we celebrate their accomplishments
What... GELH Student Presentations
When... Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Where... University Center, Room 308
Time... 4:15 p.m.
RSVP... Monday, October 19, 2015
Jeanne Kassis
This is a great opportunity for students interested in the 2016 round of grant submissions to get ideas, inspiration and knowledge about the different types of projects that have been supported.
Grant applications for 2016 will be accepted starting Monday, October 20, 2015 through Sunday, January 24, 2016 at 11:59pm and can be completed online 


Loretta Ross
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 7:30pm
Williams Hall, Global Commons

Women, Gender & Sexuality and The Women’s Center
Co-Sponsors: Africana Studies; Associate Dean of Interdisciplinary Programs and International Initiatives; Center for Community Engagement; Dialogue Center; Health, Medicine & Society; Humanities Center; MLK Committee; Office of Academic Diversity; Office of Gender Violence, Education and Support; Office of Multicultural Affairs; and The Pride Center

"Understanding Reproductive Justice in the 21st Century"
Loretta Ross
Co-founder and the National Coordinator of the SisterSong
Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective

Pre-event reception 6:30 p.m.

OFYE - 5 x 10 program for professional growth and success


Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 4:00pm
Williams Hall, Global Commons
Welcome Back Mixer: Interdisciplinary Academic Programs
Africana Studies
American Studies
Asian Studies
Global Studies
Classical Studies
Cognitive Science
Environmental Studies
Global Citizenship
Global Studies
Health, Medicine & Society
Jewish Studies
Latin American Studies
Science, Technology & Society
Sustainable Development
Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies
NEW STUDENTS: learn how interdisciplinary studies can enhance your academic goals, declare a major or a minor
CURRENT STUDENTS:re-connect with classmates and faculty
FACULTY: an opportunity to meet students and answer questions 
Light refreshments served

Summer 2015

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 12:30pm

The six participating centers in the CHCI Mellon-funded Medical Humanities project will be hosting a summer institute on medical humanities at Dartmouth, July 12-14, 2015.

This institute is designed to provide an opportunity for all CHCI members interested in the medical humanitiesto meet and share ideas about research and curricular innovations in the medical humanities.  

The institute is designed to foster conversation, with a primary goal of extending the network of practitionersin the medical humanities beyond the six centers directly engaged in the Mellon project.

A registration fee of $100 covers housing and meals during the two and a half days of the meeting.  

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis until the available spaces are filled.

For further details about the content of the institute, confirmed speakers, and how to register, please
visit the CHCI Medical Humanities wordpress site.  
Here is the link:

(For future reference, the link is also posted on the CHCI website under Member News.) 

Questions can be directed to John McGowan at

Spring 2015

Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 4:15pm
Maginnes Hall, Room 113
Dr. Ellen Foley
Clark University
Regulating Sex Work: Subjectivity and Stigma in Senegal
Co-sponsors: Africana Studies Program, Global Studies Program and Sociology and Anthropology Department

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 4:15pm
Sonia Sachs, M.D.
Earth Institute, Columbia University 
Director of Health for the Millennium Villages Project
A campaign to support healthy rural communities by building a wide network of community health workers in sub-Saharan Africa.
Co-sponsors: Environmental Initiative and Sustainable Development Programs

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 4:15pm

Panel Discussion
Featuring multiple health professionals from different health fields, many of whom are Lehigh alumni. This panel will provide advice and perspectives on pursing a career in health.

Zahir Carrington, LU BA‘10, Sociology and Anthropology / MA '12 Sociology
Medical Device Sales Representative, Olympus (NYC territory)
Bonnie Coyle, M.D. , PSU ‘84, Nutrition Science
MS Public Health Director of Community Health, St. Luke’s and Adjunct Professor, Lehigh University
Nick Kastango, LU‘10, Industrial Engineering
Data Scientist, Department of Strategy and Innovation, Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital, NYC
Hope Kincaid, LU ‘09, Sociology and Anthropology / Health, Medicine and Society
Biostatistician Lehigh Valley Health Network
Liz Miller, LU ‘12, Molecular Biology
Third-year medical student, Temple University
Mary Ellen Raposa, Yale ‘77, Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry
Pre-Health Advisor, Career Service, Lehigh University
Rajika Reed, PSU ‘96, Biological Life Sciences
Doctoral Candidate, Teaching, Learning and Technology, College of Education, Lehigh University
Department of Community Health, St. Luke’s 
Rebecca Sharim Storace, LU ‘05, Behavioral Neuroscience / Psychology
Rheumatology Fellow, University of Pennsylvania

Monday, April 6, 2015 - 4:15pm

Panel Discussion

Cathy A. Coyne, PhD, MPH
Senior Community Health Scientist
Department of Medicine, Lehigh Valley Health Network

Ronald C. Dendas, MS
Program Officer, The Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust


Dr. James Cipolla, St. Luke's trauma surgeon
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 5:00pm

The Bioethics Society is hosting Dr. James Cipolla, trauma surgeon at St. Luke's Hospital and Lehigh alum.  He will be speaking on the topic of organ donation in the trauma setting.   

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 12:45pm

A student is organizing a student trip to the annual Global Health and Innovation conference, held on the weekend of March 28-29 at Yale University:

In the past, HMS students have attended this conference and gotten a lot out of it. This year, HMS will cover the registration costs for the first 10 HMS minors who express a serious commitment to going. A set of hotel rooms is being reserved, as well as vans for transportation from Lehigh. The reaming estimated costs for the trip including lodging and transport are expected to be between $125-$150 for Fri-Sun. Some students may be able to find additional funding for these expenses through the Student Opportunity Fund, your major department, or other sources. 

Fall 2014

Dr. Akosua Adomako Ampofo Director, Institute of African Studies University of Ghana
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 2:00pm
Sinclair Auditorium

Sirry Alang, Doctoral Candidate, Division of Health Policy & Management, University of Minnesota
Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 4:00pm
Maginnes Hall, Room 480

This ethnography demonstrates how culture affects the social distribution of mental health problems in Upper Lake Heights- a predominantly Black urban neighborhood in  the Midwestern United States. Although in some ways consistent with DSM-V categories, depression is mostly expressed in ways that are neither in the DSM nor operationalized in community surveys. 
Findings have implications for assessing the social epidemiology of depression, and are useful in informing the provision of culturally appropriate mental  health care.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 7:00pm
Whitaker Lab, Room 303

Kathryn Bouskill, Candidate for a PhD in Anthropology and an MPH at Emory University
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 4:00pm
Maginnes Hall, Room 113
Despite its ubiquity in the United States, the breast cancer awareness campaign has only within the last five years gained a presence in the Austrian cultural landscape. Yet, in Austria, grave illnesses such as cancer are traditionally kept private and out of the public eye. Drawing on ethnographic and epidemiological methods, this research first examined the public health impact for Austrian women considered 'at risk' for breast cancer and evaluated their knowledge of mammographic screening and risk. I then explore the illness experience and needs of women being treated for breast cancer to understand how their social lives interface with the changing sociocultural representations of breast cancer. 
Lastly, I examine the impact of breast cancer among long-term survivors to determine their mental, psychosocial and physical needs vis-à-vis the aims of the campaign. This aspect of the research demonstrates how the campaign overlooks the widespread belief that emotional distress over the life course can cause breast cancer. 
Support for women occupying all three positions is limited, suggesting that the corporatization, feminization, and exclusivism of women's breast health is creating an illusion of advocacy while neglecting pertinent health issues.

Heather Edelblute MPH, PhD Candidate University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 11:45am
Maginnes Hall, Room 110

Most studies that examine migration from Mexico to the United States focus exclusively on the international migrant.   In the area of mental health, considerable research has examined the implications of the migration process on the well-being of Mexican migrants in the US.  This research offers insights into the stress associated with the migration process as well as
the role of social ties in buffering the stress of everyday life.  Much less, however, is known about the specific domains of social life that influence the mental health of those who remain in Mexico. This study examines how the composition of women's networks and interaction with network peers are connected to psychological well-being for women in a migrant-sending community in Guanajuato, Mexico. Using the Social Networks and Health Information Survey (n=343), this study
reveals how the gender, migration and kinship structure of networks operate to produce distinct levels of well-being for women.  Findings from this study can inform the development of culturally appropriate health interventions for non-migrant women, a group often overlooked in the global health and migration arena.

Jeff Stone, Ph.D. - University of Arizona
Friday, November 7, 2014 - 12:00pm
Linderman 200

Dr. Phil Goff and Dr. Carl Hart
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 12:00pm
UC 303 and Linderman 200

Senator Nyonblee Lawrence of Liberia
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 5:00pm
Maginnes Hall, Room 111

Janet Mock and Ryan Sallans
Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 7:00pm
Packard 101

Janet Mock and Ryan Sallans will present TRANSlating Identities, which is moderated by Dr. Monica Miller, from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. 
Their discussion includes an exploration of identity, visibility, and self-actualization considering gender, race, and sexuality.
This event meets the 5 x 10 Identity Development requirement.

John Fredricks CEO
Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 12:45pm
Maginnis 101

Nesette Falu
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 4:15pm
Maginnes Hall, Room 113

Nessette Falu is a Ph.D. Candidate in Socio-Cultural Anthropology at Rice University. In August 2013, she concluded a yearlong fieldwork in Salvador-Bahia, Brazil. Her research investigates how self-identified black lesbians (lesbicas negras) draw upon everyday lived experiences to self-advocate and demand respectful recognition toward their sexuality by their gynecologists. This study interconnects various angles that pivot the reproduction of “preconceito” (prejudice) such as the socio-political limitations of Brazilian healthcare reform to combat lesbian discrimination, the entrenched prejudicial attitudes manifesting during gynecological exams, and the thriving and transcending ideas of “bem-estar” (well-being) and sexual health, broadly. Her ethnographic study explores and exposes invisible acts of freedom by lesbicas negras. Falu was the 2013-2014 Sarah Pettit Dissertation Fellow in LGBT Studies at Yale University. While at Yale writing her dissertation, she was a mentor to several undergraduate students and delivered the Sarah Pettit public lecture in April 2014. Furthermore, she was an active member from 2008-2012 at the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Rice while completing a graduate certificate program. She also worked closely with the Program for the Study of Ethnicity, Race, and Culture that bridges intellectual community and promotes race scholarship and pedagogy. She holds a Masters of Divinity from New York Theological Seminary. She has been a practicing Physician Assistant since 2001 in Neurosurgery, Internal Medicine, and HIV Care. Soon, she will return as Physician Assistant in Oncology at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, NY.  She is now an advisor to the LGBT Working Group at Lutheran Family Health Center, Brooklyn, NY. She is the recipient of a generous fieldwork grant from the Ruth Landes Memorial Foundation, which included seed funds for media production. She concluded the production phase and plans to complete a short documentary about the lives of some lesbicas negras in Salvador in 2015. Her hometown is New York City, Harlem in specific.

Co-sponsored by: Latin American Studies, Health Medicine and Society, Sociology/Anthropology, and Global Studies

Read more about the event here.

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 4:30pm
Coxe Hall Lounge

The Office of International Affairs
Presentation by Haley Grace, LU '15
Sponsors: Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Health, Medicine and Society, Africana Studies, Global Citizenship

Professor Dennis Cooley
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 4:00pm
Linderman Library, Scheler Family Humanities Forum (Room 200)


Professor Dennis Cooley, Professor of Philosophy and Ethics, and Associate Director of the Northern Plains Ethics Institute at North Dakota State University

Dennis Cooley received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Rochester, with an emphasis on theoretical ethics. His research includes varuius issues in bioethics, agriculture, and business. He is the author Technology, Transgenics, and a Pratical Moral Code. He has co-edited Passing/Out: Identity Veiled and Revealed and Re-imaging Death and Dying. His latest book, co-written with Lehigh Religion Studies Professor, Lloyd Steffen, is The Ethics of Death: Religious and Philosophical Perspectives in Dialogue, published by Fortress Press.

This event meets the 5x10 requirement for Identity Development.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 4:15pm

Spring 2014

Professor John R. McNeill, Georgetown University, History Department and School of Foreign Service
Monday, April 7, 2014 - 4:15pm
Sinclair Auditorium
Co-sponsors: Latin American Studies, Environmental Studies, Health, Medicine and Society and Sustainable Development
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Fall 2013

Monday, October 14, 2013 - 7:00pm

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Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 7:00pm
Whitaker Lab, Room 303

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Friday, September 6, 2013 - 3:15pm
Rauch Business Center, Room 171
Sponsored by the Economics Department
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