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Alcohol abuse prevention expert to speak in Iowa City March 31

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Alan Berkowitz, an expert in alcohol abuse prevention, will talk in Iowa City Wednesday, March 31 about effective ways to reduce binge drinking. The event, which will be at 1 p.m. at First National Bank in downtown Iowa City, is free and open to the public. Members of the Iowa City Schools Districtwide Parents Organization and the steering committee of the Stepping Up Project will also attend the meeting.

Berkowitz has written and lectured extensively on the topics of alcohol and other drug use and abuse in higher education and the development of sexual assault prevention programs. His research has primarily focused on the role of peer influences in alcohol and other drug use and on men's responsibility for preventing sexual assault. He frequently serves as a consultant to help colleges and universities.

He earned his Ph.D. in psychology from Cornell University in 1981 and is a New York State licensed psychologist. He is currently scholar-in-residence at the University of Scranton. Previously, he was director of the counseling center and professor of psychology at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

While in Iowa City, Berkowitz will also be meeting with several University of Iowa groups, including UI Residence Halls, the Interfraternity and Panhellenic councils, men's and women's athletics, faculty, and members of the UI Diversity Dialog Forum.

Sponsors of his visit are the UI Education Program Office, Health Iowa/Student Health Service, Interfraternity and Panhellenic councils, the Lecture Committee, Men's and Women's Athletics, Residence Services, the Rape Victim Advocacy Program, and the Stepping Up Project.