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Janet Peckinpaugh to speak at women's health conference (Released: 10/1/99)

by Karen A. Grava, Office of University Communications

STORRS, Conn. -- Janet Peckinpaugh, co-anchor of "Connecticut News Today" on WVIT Channel 30, will be the keynote speaker at a conference presented by Cigna Healthcare of Connecticut and the University of Connecticut School of Allied Health.

The conference will be held at La Renaissance in East Windsor on Oct. 14, from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. Peckinpaugh, who recently won an age discrimination lawsuit against WFSB Channel 3, will speak on "Fighting Age Discrimination."

The conference will feature two panels:

  • "Women, Social Issues and Health" with Alfreda Turner, president and corporate executive officer, Charter Oak Terrace/Rice Heights Health Center Inc., speaking on "Social Issues for Women & Children," and Sylvia, whose last name has been withheld, a 13-year employee of the Superior Court system speaking on "One Woman's Recovery from Alcoholism;"
  • "Health After Forty" with Jane Kerstetter, a UConn associate professor of allied health and co-investigator in a research project on osteoporosis at Yale University, speaking on "Are Our Bones at their Peak?" Mary Jane Minkin, private practitioner of obstetrics and gynecology and a member of the staff of Yale University School of Medicine, will speak on "The Role of Hormones for High Quality Life." Minkin is author of the book, What Every Woman Needs to Know About Menopause.

Also featured is author Regina Barreca, a professor in the English department. An expert on women's humor, she will be discussing her new book, Too Much of a Good Thing is Wonderful.

Peckinpaugh's lawsuit raised her profile nationally and led this fall to her part, among other things, in a Times Square ad campaign "The New Face of Menopause," which embodies new attitudes regarding menopause.

Peckinpaugh began her career at a Richmond, Va., television station as a weather reporter, and eventually moved to the position of anchorwoman. At WFSB, Channel 3 in Hartford, Peckinpaugh enjoyed high ratings until she lost her job at age 44. Her lawsuit against the station resulted in an $8.3 million judgment, which is being appealed.

This is the 11th women's conference organized by the School of Allied Health. To register, contact the University of Connecticut Division of Extended and Continuing Education, One Bishop Circle, U-56R, Storrs, CT 06269-4056 or call (860) 486-4905 by Oct. 8. The cost, including dinner, is $43 per person.