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Newsmaker: Roberta B. Ness

| Sunday, Oct. 14, 2007, 12:00 p.m.

Residence: Hampton

Age: 49

Family: Husband, David; son, Joel; daughter, Sara

Notable: Recently named president-elect of the American College of Epidemiology. The group describes epidemiology as the science of public health. Epidemiologists study a range of health conditions as well as the impact that various exposures have on disease.

Background: Professor and chairman of the department of epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health; professor of epidemiology, medicine and obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Joined the university in 1993.

Education: Master's in public health and epidemiology, 1989, from Columbia University; medical degree in 1984 from Cornell University; bachelor's degree in microbiology, 1980, from University of Maryland

Quote: "It's an honor and privilege to be chosen president-elect of the College of Epidemiology. This is an organization with a great history that has represented the finest of epidemiology for the last quarter century."

-- Rick Stouffer

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