Health and risk communication is one of the fastest growing fields of study as many colleges and universities, including Ashland University, are beginning to introduce health communication into their communication curriculum. Those wanting to find out more about the health communication field and its impact of patient health and safety are invited to attend a presentation on November 8 at 7 p.m. in the Hawkins-Conard Student Center Auditorium. The presenter will be Dr. E. Phillips Polack, a prominent plastic surgeon and communication scholar. His talk is entitled "Communication Costs, Communication Kills: Its Role in the Future of Health care." Dr. Polack is the author of several books and many articles assessing the impact communication in the delivery of medicine and the impact that problematic communication has on patient safety. Through this presentation, the audience will learn about how communication in the health care system is extremely important as the country moves toward the future as well as how communication in a medical or health context is vital when attempting to save lives. This event is being sponsored by the Department of Communication Studies and the College of Arts and Sciences.