President, Chief Executive Officer of Susan G. Komen® to speak at Texas Tech

Dr. Judith Salerno will speak at the university's International Cultural Center.

WHAT: “Why Pink Matters: Women and the Global Cancer Movement” by Judith Salerno

WHEN: Noon-1:30 p.m. Wednesday (April 1)

WHERE: Hall of Nations, International Cultural Center, Texas Tech University, 601 Indiana Ave.

Dr. Judith Salerno, M.D., M.S., president and chief executive officer of the Susan G. Komen® breast cancer foundation, will speak to Texas Tech University and the Lubbock community about women and the global cancer movement.

Her speech, titled “Why Pink Matters: Women and the Global Cancer Movement,” will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday (April 1) at the Hall of Nations in the International Cultural Center.

As the president and chief executive officer of the foundation, Salerno is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the organization and setting the foundation's strategic vision. Salerno has experience in research, public health policy and community health. Before joining Susan G. Komen®, she was the Leonard D. Schaeffer executive officer for the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies, serving as executive director and chief operating officer for the institute.

Her speech will include the role organizations (like Susan G. Komen®) have in the mission to end the existence of breast cancer, the importance of leveraging local, domestic and global partnerships to educate and support women and men around the world and the critical research to help see the end of cancer.

The event, hosted by Texas Tech's Women's Studies Program, Office of the President, Office of International Affairs and the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's Health, is free and open to the public.

Susan G. Komen® is the world's largest breast cancer organization, dedicated to saving lives and ending breast cancer. The foundation educates, supports research, offers grants and also hosts the well-known Komen Race for the Cure® and the Susan G. Komen 3-Day®, a 60-mile walk completed in a three-day span.

For more information about Salerno and the Susan G. Komen foundation, please visit its website at http://ww5.komen.org/AboutUs/MediaCenter.html.

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CONTACT:  Charlotte Dunham, director, Women's Studies Program, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-4335 or charlotte.dunham@ttu.edu.