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The Symposium is presented by the UW Oshkosh Division of Lifelong Learning and Community Engagement, in cooperation with the UW-La Crosse Department of Health Education and Health Promotion and Community Health, Continuing Education and Extension, and Wisconsin Health and Physical Education, Inc.

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Keynote Presentations for 2016 Symposium

Dr. Victor Strasburger

Dr. Victor StrasburgDr. Vic Strasburger is currently Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics, Family & Community Medicine and Founding Chief of the Division of Adolescent Medicine at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  He was graduated from Yale College (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), where he studied fiction writing with Robert Penn Warren. He went to Harvard Medical School and did his pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital in Seattle, Children’s Hospital in Boston, and Paddington Green Children’s Hospital in London. He completed an Adolescent Medicine Fellowship at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Strasburger has authored nearly 200 articles and papers and 13 books on the subjects of adolescent medicine, and the effects of television on children and adolescents, including Adolescent Medicine: A Practical Guide (2nd edition, 2006, Lippincott-Williams & Wilkins, with Dr. Robert Brown) and Adolescents and the Media (Sage, 1995). His most popular book is entitled Getting Your Kids to Say No in the 1990's When You Said Yes in the 1960's (Fireside/Simon & Schuster, 1993). His current book is a textbook Children, Adolescents, and the Media, co-authored with Barbara Wilson, Ph.D. and Amy Jordan, Ph.D. and published by Sage Publications in Newbury Park, California in 2009, with a 3rd edition in 2013.  He also has one published novel, entitled Rounding Third and Heading Home. He has served as Chair of the AAP’s Section on Adolescent Health, a member of the Committee on Communications, and a consultant to the National PTA and the AMA on children and the media. He has been featured several times on National Public Radio (NPR) and in Newsweek, the NY Times, and USA Today and has appeared multiple times on “Oprah,” “The Today Show,” and “CBS This Morning.”

In the year 2000, Dr. Strasburger was honored by the American Academy of Pediatrics with the Adele Delenbaugh Hofmann Award, for outstanding lifetime achievement in Adolescent Medicine, and was the first recipient of the Holroyd-Sherry Award, given for media Advocacy work.  In 2007, he was awarded the Society for Adolescent Medicine’s Adele Hofmann Visiting Professorship and lectured at Sydney Children’s Hospital in Australia.  In 2009, he served as the AAP Council on Communication and Media’s first Visiting Professor and did Pediatric Grand Rounds at Duke, UNC, and Wake Forest.  In 2012, he was named a Distinguished Professor at the University of New Mexico and a Fulbright Scholar.  He has lectured in 47 of the 50 US states and on 5 continents.


Deborah Tackmann

Deborah TackmanDeborah Tackmann, has over 30 years’ experience as a health and physical education instructor in Wisconsin.  She was recognized by USA Today as one of the top teachers in the nation and has been awarded two National Health Educator of the Year Awards by the American School Health Association and American Association.  An author, a health consultant, a coach, a university faculty member and a mother, Deb is an exemplary teacher with a passion to inspire and empower others to be happy, healthy and successful in life.  She has presented hundreds of cutting edge seminars and keynotes in over thirty five states and in 2012 Deb was the first teacher from Wisconsin to be inducted into the National Teacher Hall of Fame.  Deb has dedicated her life to making a positive difference in the lives of children ….one child at a time.

Dr. Paula Cody

Paula Cody

Dr. Paula Cody is board certified in both Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. She completed her Pediatrics residency and Adolescent Medicine fellowship at the Medical College of Wisconsin.  Dr. Cody also completed a Masters of Public Health at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She is currently an Assistant Professor with the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, where her clinical interests include adolescent reproductive health, medical management of eating disorders, and decreasing health disparities among adolescents.

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