Sanjay Gupta to lecture on science in the media

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Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN chief medical correspondent

Modern media presupposes a certain amount of medical knowledge, often used to create a sense of alarm. In any case, facts usually become distorted. One need look no further than recent headlines about the swine flu pandemic or post-September 11 anthrax scares.
Such sensationalism will be the topic of a lecture to be presented by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, chief medical correspondent for the health and medical unit at CNN and practicing neurosurgeon, beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the Knight Theater at the Levine Center for the Arts, 430 S. Tryon St., Charlotte.
The Learning Institute of Queens University of Charlotte, which organizes two guest speakers each year, worked with the Levine Cancer Institute to bring Gupta to the Charlotte area. He will also meet with staff at the institute.
Emily Pinkerton, interim director of the Queens Learning Institute, said that the selection of Gupta as a speaker would provide variety in the event schedule, counteracting the more political figure Carly Fiorina, who gave a presentation in the fall.
“Having Dr. Gupta, who’s in the medical field, seemed like a great fit,” said Pinkerton. “I think he’s going to bring a wealth of knowledge about that industry.”
Due to Gupta’s schedule, a more intimate lecture with students on campus has yet to be confirmed. Information will be released in RexText as it becomes available. Queens students will be allowed free entry to the event in either case.

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