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Thanksgiving and Black Friday: GW Experts Available

November 20, 2015
Thanksgiving and Black Friday are only weeks away. What are the real origins of the family gathering? How do retailers market to consumers during peak holiday shopping season? How do holiday stress and eating affect our health? Experts from the George Washington University are available to comment.
 
To schedule an interview with any of these experts, contact Jason Shevrin at 202-994-5631 or jshevrin@gwu.edu. GW’s Flash Studio can facilitate live, remote or taped television and radio interviews.
 
Thanksgiving
 
David J. Silverman, professor of history, is an expert on American Indian and Colonial American history. He can speak on the actual history behind the origins of Thanksgiving, and the American Indians involved in the tradition. He has written extensively on the Wampanoag tribe, on whose land Plymouth colony was founded.
 
Holiday Health
 
Todd Miller, associate professor of exercise and nutrition sciences, is an expert on fitness. He can comment on weight management during the holidays. Dr. Miller also directs the GW Weight Management and Human Performance Lab.
 
Kim Robien, associate professor of exercise and nutrition sciences, is an expert on nutrition and weight management. She can discuss food access, environmental nutrition and sustainable food systems.
 
Vivek Jain, assistant professor of medicine and director of the GW Sleep Disorders Center, is an expert on sleep disorders. He can speak on disrupted sleep during the holidays. 
 
Daniel Lieberman, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, is an expert on depression, addiction, and substance abuse. He can speak to holiday stress and excess drinking during the holidays.
 
Lorenzo Norris, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, is an expert on relationships. He can speak to the power of relationships and how this may come into play during the holiday season, as well as general psychiatric topics.  
 
Brian Choi, associate professor of medicine and co-director of advanced cardiac imaging, is an expert on cardiovascular issues. He can speak to holiday stress and the impact this may have on heart health. 
 
Babak Sarani, associate professor of surgery and chief of trauma and acute surgery, is an expert on trauma and emergency care. He can speak to trauma-related incidences during the holiday season. 
 
Raj Rao, chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and professor of orthopaedic surgery, can speak to common winter injuries that occur from shoveling snow or stringing up lights. His special expertise is in spine, neck and back injuries. 
 
Scott Faucett, assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery, is an expert in winter injuries. He is a team doctor to the U.S. Ski and Snowboard teams and can speak to injuries from winter sports. 
 
Black Friday
 
Donna Hoffman, Louis Rosenfeld Distinguished Scholar and Professor of Marketing, is an expert on consumer behavior. She can speak about electronic commerce and digital marketing trends. She is also co-director of the Center for the Connected Consumer at the GW School of Business.
 
Thomas Novak, Denit Trust Distinguished Scholar and Professor of Marketing, is an expert on consumer behavior in online environments and digital marketing. He focuses on consumer motivations for using social media, the impact of the social web on consumer wellbeing and new marketing methods. He is also co-director of the Center for the Connected Consumer at the GW School of Business.
 
Vanessa Perry, associate professor of marketing, is an expert on consumer behavior. She can comment on consumer credit and financial decisions, as well as broader societal and policy aspects of marketing. Example videos are available of Dr. Perry providing comment for news segments as well as longer conversational interviews
 
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