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Mark Hayward will present on the association between education and mortality on Jan. 27

January 8, 2016

Mark Hayward will present "Trends in the Association between Educational Attainment and U.S. Adult Mortality: Bringing Historical Context Back In" on Wednesday, January 27 at 3:30 p.m. The seminar will take place in Room 140 of Discovery I, which is located on the University of South Carolina's main campus at 915 Greene Street, Columbia SC 29208.

Associate Professor Katrina Walsemann (Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior) and Assistant Professor Andrea Henderson (Department of Sociology) will host Hayward on campus for one week (January 25-29) through the Provost's Visiting Scholars Grant Program. During his visit, Hayward will work closely with Carolina's Population and Health Research Group, a team of interdisciplinary scholars who work on issues surrounding social and health equity.

A Professor of Sociology and Centennial Commission Professor in the Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at Austin (UT), Hayward served as the director of UT's National Institutes of Health-funded Population Research Center for 10 years. Through the Center, which is one of only 26 of its kind in the United States, he helps facilitate population-related research and training for faculty and students.

Hayward has significant experience in overseeing interdisciplinary groups of scholars in their efforts to conduct cutting-edge population research, secure federal and foundation grant funding, and train the next generation of population scientists. He is internationally renowned for his research on the ways in which early life exposures and events influence the morbidity and mortality experiences of the adult population, with particular emphasis on how these processes are likely to depend upon race and gender. Hayward's research on these topics has been funded by the National Institute on Aging and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute on Child Health and Human Development. He also serves as a member of the National Academy of Sciences' Committee on Population and the National Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Health and Society Scholars Program.

"Dr. Hayward is one of the preeminent scholars in the field of population health, particularly as it relates to the link between early life conditions and adult health and mortality," says Walsemann. "Not only is he a very insightful and thoughtful scholar, he is also someone who is invested in mentoring the next generation of population health researchers, something I have personally benefitted from. I am looking forward to having him work with our Population and Health Research Group and hearing his talk, which I know will be illuminating."