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2009 Faculty & Staff News

Dr. Ramesh Rao invited by The Washington Post/Newsweek editors to write for new online blog

December 14, 2009

Dr. Ramesh Rao, Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication Studies and Theatre, is among the first six panelists invited by The Washington Post/Newsweek editors to write for their new online blog on health and faith. "Health Central/On Faith" is designed to let readers of HealthCentral.com, one of the leading health and medical information sites on the Web, ask questions about matters of faith and healing. To read Dr. Rao's first blog entry responds to the question "What do you do when you're depressed and your prayers don't seem to be answered?" (View this blog entry)

Dr. Rao and the other panelists will be given a list of about a dozen questions submitted by HealthCentral.com readers every week, and they will be asked to respond to at least one of them. The blog will be "a conversation with readers who are looking for expert advice on difficult and important topics," said David Waters, editor of The Washington Post's On Faith page.

Dr. Rao is human rights director of the Hindu American Foundation, has written about health issues affecting Hindu-Americans, and is now working with a team of doctors on minorities-related health issues. The other panelists are the Rev. Dr. Anne Brower, senior chaplain and director of the Healing Ministry at the Washington National Cathedral; Dr. Erica Brown, scholar-in-residence for the Jewish Federation of Greater Richmond; Connie Domino, who teaches public health nursing at the University of North Carolina; Zafar Nomani, professor emeritus of nutrition and foods at West Virginia University; and the Rev. Dr. Albert Scariato, rector of St. John's Episcopal Church in Georgetown and co-owner of a radiation oncology practice in the Baltimore area.