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Dr. Sanjay Gupta to serve as Distinguished Speaker March 20
By Office of University Relations
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Posted: 03/13/2006
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Dr. Sanjay Gupta, senior medical correspondent for the health and medical unit at CNN, will serve as the next prominent speaker at The University of Texas-Pan American’s 2006 Distinguished Speakers Series March 20, 7:30 p.m. at the Student Union Theater.


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Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN senior medical correspondent, will serve as the next speaker at the 2006 Distinguished Speakers Series March 20.
Gupta, a practicing neurosurgeon and an assistant professor of neurosurgery, who plays an integral role in CNN’s coverage of medical issues, will be the second of three distinguished speakers this semester. The first 2006 series speaker was Washington Post and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Bob Woodward.

The free event is open to the public, however seating is limited. UTPA students, faculty and staff will be admitted with a valid University ID at 7 p.m. while the general public will be allowed to enter at 7:20 p.m.

At CNN, Gupta works on daily news packages, the half-hour weekend show “House Call with Dr. Sanjay Gupta” and covers breaking medical news. Based in Atlanta, he also co-hosts “Accent Health” for Turner Private Networks, provides medical segments for the syndicated version of television show “ER” on TNT, contributes health news stories to CNN.com and writes a column for TIME magazine.

The series, underwritten by student fees as recommended by the Student Affairs Advisory Committee, offers the UTPA community and the public the opportunity to hear and engage with speakers of the highest caliber representing a variety of worldviews and backgrounds.

The final series speaker, Dr. Sarah Weddington, is scheduled for April 18. Weddington is well-known for her work on issues affecting women through her many roles, which include attorney, legislator, presidential adviser, and professor. In Weddington’s first book, “A Question of Choice,” she detailed the landmark Roe v. Wade case, which she successfully argued as a young attorney before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1973. She is believed to be the youngest person ever to win a case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

For special accommodations or more information, contact Samuel A. Smith, assistant dean of students and Distinguished Speakers Committee chairman, at smiths@panam.edu or call 956/316-7989.

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