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Austin College Faculty Discuss Modern Deadly Viruses
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Posted: 10/31/2013 Views: 4690  Impressions: 14241
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SHERMAN, TEXAS-Five Austin College faculty members will discuss key topics from Nathan Wolfe's book The Viral Storm on Tuesday, November 12, at 4:30 p.m. in IDEA Center 127. The event is free and open to the public.

The panel includes Dr. Peggy Redshaw, Dr. Kelly Reed, and Dr. Steve Goldsmith of the biology faculty; Dr. Ivette Vargas-O'Bryan of religious studies, and Dr. Brett Boessen of media studies. Each will discuss issues within the book as they relate to their discipline.

Wolfe's book tells the story of how humans and viruses have evolved side by side through history, said Dr. Reed. "It also addresses how deadly viruses like HIV, swine flu, and bird flu have threatened us, and why modern life has made our species more vulnerable to a global pandemic."

Nathan Wolfe is the 2014 recipient of the 2014 Austin College Posey Leadership Award and will visit campus in March. He will be honored to recognize his vision and work as founder and CEO of Global Viral. He has been dubbed the "Indiana Jones of virus hunting," and travels the world to track, study, and eradicate infectious diseases of pandemic proportions.

Wolfe received his bachelor's degree from Stanford in 1993 and his doctorate in immunology and infectious diseases from Harvard in 1998. He is a Fulbright Fellow and the recipient of the prestigious NIH Director's Pioneer Award. Wolfe is a National Geographic Emerging Explorer and was named one of the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders. He serves on the editorial board of EcoHealth, Scientific American, and is a member of DARPA's Defense Science Research Council. His newsworthy work as a field-oriented virologist has been featured in Wired, The Economist, Nature, Science, The New York Times, Discover, Scientific American, and Forbes.

Austin College is a leading national independent liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas. Founded in 1849, making it the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original charter and name, the College is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA). Recognized nationally for academic excellence in the areas of international education, pre-professional training, and leadership studies, Austin College is one of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope's influential book Colleges That Change Lives.

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Austin College Faculty Discuss Modern Deadly Viruses
Nov 12, 2013 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
IDEA Center 127
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