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Sept. 22, 2004


LEWISBURG, Pa. — Donnovan Somera Yisrael will serve as Health Scholar in Residence at Bucknell University Oct. 3 to 6.

As part of his residency, Yisrael will give the talk, "Why I Want What I Can't Have: Why I Am Attracted to People Who are Bad for Me," Monday, Oct. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Rooke Chapel at Bucknell.

The event, which is open to the public without charge, is sponsored by Bucknell's Student Health Service and others including the offices of Greek Life; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Awareness; and dean of students, as well as the Women's Resource Center, Psychological Services and Community Health Promotions.

A community health specialist with Vaden Health Service at Stanford University, Yisrael plans and implements health promotion programming targeting systems and cultures which influence health behavior including such specific issues as alcohol abuse, body image and eating disorders, sexual assault and other violence.

Yisrael, who holds his degrees from Stanford University, has served as director and workshop coordinator of the AIDS Prevention Program with the YWCA of the Mid-Peninsula in Palo Alto, Calif.; coordinator/educator with the AIDS is Real Project in San Mateo, Calif.; and guest lecturer with Critical Perspectives Health Education and Consulting in Redwood City, Calif.

He is co-author of "Targeting `Risky' Gender Ideologies: Constructing a Community-driven, Theory-based HIV Prevention Intervention for Youth" in Health Education and Behavior, as well as "Sexual Scripts and HIV Prevention" in Bridges.

Yisrael will attend classes, give a workshop on college health programming, and speak to other campus groups during his residency.

"We are extremely pleased to welcome such a dynamic, interesting and entertaining educator to our campus," said Jane Haile, RN, who is coordinating Yisrael's visit to Bucknell.

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