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CNN Senior Medical Correspondent to speak at USC's Science, Health and New Media Conference

Elizabeth Cohen, a senior medical correspondent for CNN, will be the keynote speaker at the 2010 "Convergence and Society: Science, Health & New Dimensions of Communication" Conference on Monday, October 11th.

The keynote address is free and open to the public. It will begin at 8 p.m. in the Wilson Room at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel on Assembly Street.

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Cohen's reporting has contributed to CNN winning two Emmy Awards for news coverage of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Cohen has received numerous other accolades for her health consumer reporting including a sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, National Headliner Award and a Gracie Award from American Women in Radio and Television. Most recently, Cohen added clarity to reporting on the global response to H1N1 influenza, interviewing patients and reporting the latest prevention updates.

Cohen' s digital news column "The Empowered Patient" on CNN.com provides information to consumers on how to ensure the best medical care for themselves and their families. Cohen recently published her first book, The Empowered Patient: How to get the Right Diagnosis, Buy the Cheapest Drugs, Beat Your Insurance Company, and Get the Best Medical Care Every Time.

Cohen is an alumna of Columbia College, where she received a bachelor's degree in history. She earned her master's degree in Public Health at Boston University.

This year, the University of South Carolina's annual Convergent Journalism conference will focus on health and science communication. The conference is co-sponsored by the USC's Science and Health Communication Research Group and the School of Journalism and Mass Communications and will take take place October 11-12, 2010 in Columbia, South Carolina. The two-day event will provide a forum for the presentation of research regarding science and health communication, particularly regarding how science and health messages can be effectively communicated to the public through new media and technology.

 
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