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26th Annual Honors Convocation Sept. 27

Ken HolroydATHENS, Ohio (Sept. 23, 2003) -- Professor of Psychology Kenneth A. Holroyd, who received last year's Distinguished Professor Award, will deliver the keynote address for the 26th annual Ohio University Honors Convocation at noon. Saturday, Sept. 27, in the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

The Honors Convocation, held annually since 1978, recognizes undergraduate student scholars and the generosity of donors who give to Ohio University student scholarship funds, and honors distinguished professors. This year, 2,900 awards were made possible through private gifts of just over $4 million.

As a professor of health psychology, Holroyd's interests include pain disorders and possible treatments. He led a five-year study investigating the effectiveness of chronic headache treatments, all of which was funded by a grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke; the report was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Holroyd received his doctorate from the University of Miami in 1975.

Also speaking at the Convocation will be Honors Tutorial College student Jessica Benson, the 2003-2004 recipient of the Goldwater Scholarship. A senior majoring in engineering physics, Benson is interested in nanotechnology research and is applying for the Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships in hopes of continuing her research.

President Robert Glidden will be on hand to deliver the Convocation welcome and to introduce the new Distinguished Professor.

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Contact: Jan Hodson, (740) 593-2496 or hodsonj@ohio.edu

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