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A. Barrett Seaman '67 Receives Research Society of America Journalism Award

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A. Barrett Seaman '67 was presented with the Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA) 2008 Journalism Award on July 2, for his contribution to the field of alcohol research through his book Binge: Campus Life in an Age of Disconnection and Excess (John Wiley & sons, 2005)

The RSA is a forum for communication among scientific researchers who share common interests in alcoholism. The Society's purpose is to promote research that can lead the way toward prevention and treatment of alcoholism.

The Society was established in 1976 to assist and encourage the application of research to the solution of problems related to alcoholism. RSA serves as a meeting ground for scientists working in all fields of alcoholism and alcohol-related problems. The Society, through its emphasis on research, has served as the interdisciplinary crossroads for the understanding of the causes of and potential cures for alcoholism.

The membership of the Society consists of regular scientific members, associate members and student members. Members are approved four times a year through the RSA Membership Committee. The current membership of over 1,600 is drawn from countries all over the world, with the majority from the United States.

The plaque, presented before an audience of some 800 scientists and their guests at the final banquet of the 2008 annual meeting of the RSA, held in Washington, DC, read:

"The 9th Annual Journalism Award is proudly presented to Barrett Seaman for his excellence in, and commitment to, educating the public about issues related to alcohol use among college-aged people."

Scott Swartzwelder, a Duke University psychiatrist and clinical psychologist who studies the effects of alcohol on brain development and a member of the RSA, presented Seaman with the plaque. He said: "The awards committee recognized [Seaman's] work to reflect excellent scholarship and high social relevance and noted that his commitment to the issue of college drinking was enduring and impressive."

Seaman is director of Choose Responsibility, a nonprofit organization founded "to stimulate informed and dispassionate public discussion about the presence of alcohol in American culture and to consider polices that will effectively empower young adults age 18 to 20 to make mature decisions about the place of alcohol in their own lives."

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