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UND professor to speak about vaping epidemic at April 30 presentation in Moorhead

April 12, 2019

Moorhead Area Public Schools is holding an important free presentation, “Vaping: the New Teen Public Health Concern,” open to parents/guardians of students of all ages, teens and interested community members. Frank White, sociology professor at the University of North Dakota, will speak from 6-7:15 p.m. April 30 in the Moorhead High School auditorium, 2300 4th Ave. S., Moorhead.

White has spent the last 30 years as a sociology professor at the University of North Dakota. He currently teaches a variety of sociology classes including a popular and topical course called Drugs and Society. White’s research focuses on the vaping epidemic and other electronic nicotine delivery systems (e-cigs), the availability and dangers associated with prescription painkillers (opioids), the effect of social media on adolescent attitudes and behavior, and up-to-date drug prevention strategies.

White continues to share his insights at various high schools, colleges, and community organizations. His research dealing with the stigma, stereotypes, and misuse associated with the current opioid epidemic has been featured in recent interviews by USA Today, CBS News, the Minneapolis Star and Tribune, and the Los Angeles Times.

White was recently named the University of North Dakota’s 2019 Professor of the Year. He also has earned numerous teaching and service awards including Academic Advisor of the Year, Faculty Service-Learning Award, and the North Dakota Spirit Faculty Achievement Award. Recently the UND Foundation established the Professor Frank White Endowed Scholarship, and White’s philanthropic efforts helped establish endowed academic scholarships at Mayville State University, Lake Region Community College, and the University of North Dakota.

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