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Health, Aging & Society welcomes Hooker Distinguished Visiting Professor

From March 23 to 24, 2017, Dr. Gary Evans of Cornell University will be at McMaster as a Hooker Distinguished Visiting Professor.

Feb 24, 2017

Professor Evans is an environmental and developmental psychologist interested in how the physical environment affects human health and well-being among children. His specific areas of expertise include the environment of childhood poverty, children's environments, cumulative risk and child development, environmental stressors, and the development of children's environmental attitudes and behaviours. During his visit he will give two formal presentations:  all staff, students, and faculty are welcome. 

Research presentation – The Costs of Adaptation

Date:  Thursday, March 23, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Location:  McMaster Innovation Park, Conference Room 1CD (Offord Centre Seminar Series)

Description: Human beings are among the most resilient species capable of withstanding an enormous range and variety of environmental demands.  The eminent biologist, Rene Dubos suggested that our species pays a price for its facile coping strategies.  In this seminar I will present a model of psychological consequences of coping with stressors.

 

Public Lecture – The Environment of Child Poverty

Date: Thursday, March 23, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (approximately)

Location: Dave Braley Health Sciences Centre, 100 Main St. West, Auditorium.  A reception with light refreshments will precede his talk.

Description: Poverty is bad for children, but why?  In this talk, Dr. Evans suggests that one of the main reasons for the harmful impacts of poverty on children is because of cumulative risk exposure.

This visit is hosted by Health, Aging & Society; the Offord Centre for Child Studies; Sociology; Social Work; Social Psychology; Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour; Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences; Pediatrics; and the McMaster Institute for Healthier Environments.