USM LAC is Offering Cancer, Society Course

LEWISTON – A new course, “Cancer and Society,” will be offered during the fall semester at the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn College from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Sept. 2.

The seminar course will examine what has been learned about the origin, treatment, survivorship and death from cancer.

Beginning with President Nixon’s declaration of “War on Cancer” in 1971, cancer has emerged from the shadows and become a focus of the American people.

The instructors for the course are Blake Whitaker, PhD, and Sallie Nealand, EdD. Whitaker’s area of expertise is cellular biology and infectious diseases. His research focus is on the genetic effects of pollution and on the immunophysiology of reproduction.

Nealand is a retired USM professor of nursing who has worked as a community nurse in Pennsylvania and has taught at the University of Delaware, Neumann College in Aston Pa., as well as the University of Southern Maine.

Registration is open through the first class meeting.

The course has no prerequisites. For more information or to register, call 753-6500. The complete fall semester USM LAC course schedule is online at

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