Speakers at Auburn honors convocation to focus on outreach to developing countries

AUBURN – The Auburn University Honors College will hold its spring 2010 honors convocation, “‘For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat’: Bringing Relief and Enabling Self Reliance in Developing Countries” on Monday, March 8, at 7 p.m. in 2370 Haley Center. This event is open to the public.

The speakers will be Douglas Coutts, distinguished visiting professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Science on assignment from the UN World Food Programme, and Emma Clark, Auburn native and graduate of Johns Hopkins University with a master of health science degree in global epidemiology.

Coutts has developed and taught Auburn’s first undergraduate course on world hunger and has assisted in designing a hunger studies minor. He has more than 25 years of experience with WFP, more recently as country director for Bangladesh, where he oversaw the organization’s single-largest development operation in the world which included integrated food security, school feeding and refugee operations, nutritional support and HIV/AIDS awareness and community health programs.

Auburn native Emma Clark graduated from Smith College with a degree in economics. Upon graduation she received a Fulbright Fellowship to study adherence to HIV medications in a public hospital in Botswana. From Botswana, she went to Johns Hopkins University, from which she received a master of health science degree in global disease epidemiology and control. For the past year she has worked with International Medical Corps in Baghdad, Iraq. She is studying at New York University to become a certified nurse midwife and women’s health nurse practitioner.

(Contributed by Paul Harris.)

Contact: Paul Harris, (334) 844-8731 (pah0005@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)