Dr. John L. Beard to Present Schmitt Russell Research Lecture

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (March 13, 2008) – Dr. John L. Beard, professor of nutritional sciences, will deliver this year’s Pauline Schmitt Russell Research Lecture at Penn State.

Beard’s lecture, entitled “Iron Deficiency and Translational Research: Going from One Mud Puddle to Another,” will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, March 24 in the Bennett-Pierce Living Center, which is located in Henderson Building on the University Park campus. The event, sponsored by the College of Health and Human Development, is free and open to the public.

Dr. Beard is considered to be one of the most influential and well-respected experts in the world today on the nutritional impact of iron on the brain and cognitive function. In a career spanning more than three decades, his research has created a paradigm shift in the way scientists think about how the brain uses iron, has influenced approaches to dietary supplementation in third world countries and has offered fresh perspectives for the treatment of clinical disorders.

The Schmitt Russell Lecture is delivered each year by the most recent recipient of the Pauline Schmitt Russell Distinguished Research Career Award, which recognizes a faculty member for outstanding research contributions throughout his or her career that have also significantly influenced his or her discipline. The award was created through an endowment by Leo P. Russell, a 1941 industrial engineering graduate, in honor of his late wife, Pauline Schmitt Russell, who received her home economics degree from Penn State in 1948.

Dr. Beard serves on committees of the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health and several other national and international public health organizations. He has received millions of dollars in funding from various national and international agencies and his findings have been published in more than 150 peer-reviewed journals.

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