Sharon and Craig Ramey to speak as part of Virginia Tech’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebration

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Two Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute professors will take part in the Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at Virginia Tech during the week of Jan. 19. Sharon Ramey and Craig Ramey, both professors and distinguished research scholars at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, will give two seminars on how health and education disparities can contribute to poverty and further class divide.

The first presentation, “Poverty, Biology, and Health: Will the Circle Be Unbroken?”, will take place Thursday, Jan. 22, at 3:30 p.m. During this talk, the Rameys will present some of their recent research findings, with a specific focus on how an impoverished living environment can have lifelong effects on a person’s well-being. They’ll also discuss the extent to which systematic interventions, tested through controlled trials and observational studies, can lead to improved health outcomes.

The Rameys will present the second lecture, “The Civil Rights of Health, Education, and Biology: MLK’s Enduring Legacy,” on Friday, Jan. 23 at 12:20 p.m. This will be a broader political discussion about why eliminating health and educational disparities is a compelling and crucial goal for the future of our nation. In this presentation, the Rameys will review historical data about the impact of race and poverty on a person’s life, biologically and behaviorally. They will also speak about a new 2014 national agenda that links education and health as the most compelling way to overcome entrenched inequities that endure as a legacy of racism and classism. The Rameys will also discuss specific “actionable knowledge” that can form a basis for how the Virginia Tech community can become engaged at all levels.

The seminars are sponsored by the diversity committees of the Department of Biological Sciences and the College of Science; the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences; the Department of Psychology Seminar Series; the Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior Seminar Series; and the Virginia Tech Life Science Seminar Series.

Written by Ashley WennersHerron