Lunchtime Lectures Presented by HomeChef


Lunchtime Lectures is an event series intended to give alumni a taste of their college days.



“Applying the Science of Emotion to Promote Well-Being”

Dr. Jacqueline Evans 

Associate Professor of Instruction,
Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts 

Thursday, April 25, 2024  | Noon–1 p.m.
This is a virtual lecture
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In this lecture, Dr. Jacqueline Evans will share lessons that psychological research reveals about how emotions and stress unfold.  We will also consider practices grounded in science to support well-being and thriving in the face of adversity, with opportunities for participants to engage in reflection and guided activities.

Jacqueline Evans received her BA in psychology from University of California, Santa Cruz in 2003 and her PhD in psychology from The University of Texas at Austin in 2011. Her research interests are centered on the social psychophysiology of stress. She is particularly is interested in the influences of personality, social, neuroendocrine, and genetic factors on cortisol hormone response to—and recovery from—acute stress and the downstream implications for health. 

Dr. Evans has been recognized for her teaching with several awards, including the prestigious UT Austin President's Associates Teaching Award in 2017–18. In addition to teaching a variety of courses in psychology, Dr. Evans also serves as the Undergraduate Faculty Advisor for the department and enjoys supporting undergraduate psychology students in their time at UT and beyond.



“What You Can Do to Prevent Cancer or Find It Early”

Dr. Navkiran Shokar

Dr. Shokar

Associate Dean for Community Affairs, Dell Medical School
Chair & Professor, Department of Population Health
Program Lead, Cancer Prevention & Control Research Program 

Wednesday, May 1, 2024  | Noon–1 p.m.
This is a virtual lecture
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In our May Lunchtime Lecture, Dr. Shokar will discuss evidence-based strategies shown to improve cancer risk and promote early detection.

Navkiran “Kiran” K. Shokar is chair of the Department of Population Health, a professor of population health, and associate dean for community affairs at Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin. Shokar was born and raised in England, where she received her Master of Arts degree from Cambridge University and her medical degree from Oxford University Medical School. She completed family medicine residency training in both the U.K. and Texas, where she served as chief resident. She subsequently completed her Master of Public Health at the UT Health Science Center at Houston. In more than 20 years in academic medicine, Shokar has worked as a clinician, educator, and clinical researcher. She has developed innovative population health approaches and received more than $25 million in research funding from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, the National Cancer Institute, and the American Cancer Society, among others. She has served on several national steering committees, in addition to myriad awards, honors, and institutional leadership roles.


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