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Alumnus Photographer/Plastic Surgeon to Lecture on His Unique Work

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David Teplica

Dr. David Teplica (‘81 B.Ph. Visual Arts/Science), a Chicago-based plastic surgeon and photographer, will give a free public lecture at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4, at Beta Theta Pi fraternity, 200 North Burrowes Road, State College, as the fraternity’s inaugural Alumnus-in-Residence.

Teplica, whose teaching, research and publication activities are based at the University of Chicago, creates a bridge between the fields of art and medicine using techniques launched as an undergraduate at Penn State.

By shedding light on the “mirror phenomenon” in twins, Teplica is defining a concept of “anatomic predetermination.” According to Teplica, even mundane features of human anatomy--from acne to wrinkles--appear to be genetically encoded to a level never previously imagined, not only for 3-dimensional position, but for the exact timing of expression. Teplica’s work is covered in the medical literature and is also widely exhibited and reproduced in an artistic context. He recently had a major museum retrospective in Florence, Italy.

The Alpha Upsilon chapter of Beta Theta Pi launched the Alumnus-in-Residence Program to give alumni the opportunity to provide practical insights and one-on-one professional counseling, while inspiring students from across Penn State to create innovative and dynamic careers.

A graduate of Bellefonte Area High School, Teplica attended medical school at Dartmouth and earned his M.F.A. in photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.