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Experts Advisory: China's Long March to Host the Olympics

Contact(s):  Catherine Herman (518) 956-8150

Anthony DeBlasi, chairman and associate professor, East Asian Studies

Anthony DeBlasi, chair and associate professor, East Asian Studies

ALBANY, N.Y. (August 8, 2008) -- In light of the Beijing Olympic Games, UAlbany faculty experts can offer insight on steroids, Chinese language, culture, history and human rights issues.

Chinese Culture, History, Human Rights Issues -- An insular nation for years, China will now be on display for the whole world to see when the Beijing Games begin their 17-day run. Associate Professor Anthony DeBlasi, who has traveled extensively to China, is a specialist in Chinese history and can offer insight into the country's culture, language and history. DeBlasi, chairman of UAlbany's Department of East Asian Studies, can also discuss one of the top controversies surrounding these Games -- human rights issues.

Olympics and Steroids -- Steroid use is the most frequent controversy to plague the Olympics and this year looks to be no different. Recently, U.S. swimmer Jessica Hardy tested positive for a banned substance, even though the Olympics Committee has been dedicated to removing steroid use from the Games. Psychology Professor Bruce Svare, who has specialized for more than thirty years in the study of anabolic steroids, has authored over 70 scientific papers in leading professional journals and has written numerous books and book chapters in the field of behavioral neuroscience. He served on the National Institute on Drug Abuse Technical Review Panel on Steroid Abuse. He has lectured nationally and internationally on the topic of anabolic steroid abuse.

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