Will aging be accompanied by a longer period of good health, a sustained sense of well-being, and extended periods of social engagement and productivity? As the population 60 or older continues to age, people will look for ways to live longer and healthier lives. The first 2019 Vice President for Research Distinguished Lecture will tackle these questions and provide an interdisciplinary approach based on scientific evidence on ways to improve health and wellbeing, as well as close the gap between life span and health span.

The 2019 Vice President for Research Distinguished Lecture, entitled “Live Long and Live Well: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Study Life,” will feature Tammy Bray, professor in the School of Biological and Population Health Sciences and dean emeritus for the Oregon State University’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences. The lecture will take place on Monday, April 8, at 4 p.m. in the Veterinary and Biomedical Research Building (VBRB), room 305 on the WSU Pullman campus. A reception will take place prior to the lecture from 3-4 p.m., outside of VBRB 305.

Bray received her bachelor’s degree from Fu Jen University in Taipei. She received both her master’s and doctoral degrees in nutrition from Washington State University. Prior to joining OSU in 2002, she served as a professor of nutrition and associate dean for research and international studies at Ohio State University. She has received several honors and awards throughout her career, including two notable awards from WSU’s College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences for the Woman Pioneering in Future Award and the Women’s History Award for Professional Academic Leadership.

The Vice President for Research Distinguished Lecture Series invites world-renowned experts to WSU to share ideas and spark conversations about research that addresses society’s biggest challenges. Invited lecturers are leaders in their fields. This Vice President for Research Distinguished Lecture is sponsored by Christopher Keane, vice president for research at WSU, the Office of Research, and John Roll, vice dean for research in the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine.

RSVP preferred, but not required to attend. To RSVP or request and additional videoconferencing location, please contact Bethany Fruci at bfruci@wsu.edu.