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Sports and society the focus of next Japanese lecture


The Japanese Studies Lecture Series continues with “Sports and Society in Japan and in the U.S.” on Thursday, March 22, in Kirby Learning Center, Room 6, at 7 p.m.

Oregon State University’s head football athletic trainer and former assistant athletic trainer for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Ariko Iso, will be on campus to discuss her experience of being a female athlete in Japan and a trainer in the United States.

When Iso became a full-time trainer for the Steelers in 2002 she was the first female athletic trainer to work in the NFL, and there has not been another female trainer in the league since she left. Prior to accepting the position with the Steelers, Iso spent five years as the associate athletic trainer for Portland State where she served as the head football trainer. She also served as the assistant athletic trainer at Foothill College in California for over two years.

The Japanese Studies Lecture Series is taking place throughout the 2011-2012 academic year. The series is meant to enhance the understanding of the Japanese culture and inspire not only the college community, but also generate interest in Japan within the local community.

The lecture series is free and open to the public.


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