David Quammen - March 22, 2016

The Provost's Discovery Themes Lecture Program presents

David Quammen

"Ebola to Zika and Beyond: Scary Viruses in a Globalized World"


Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Lecture: 4:30 - 5:45 p.m. (doors open at 4 p.m.)
Reception to follow
East Ballroom, Ohio Union
1739 N. High St. | Columbus, OH 43210

* Parking available at the Ohio Union South Garage

Zika, Ebola, SARS, AIDS, and countless other deadly viruses all have one thing in common: the bugs that transmit these diseases all originate in wild animals and pass to humans by a process called spillover. With the advent of international air travel, the viruses that spill over can now spread more quickly and over a larger area than ever before. Go along with Quammen on an astonishing quest to learn how, where from, and why these diseases emerge, and face the terrifying question: What might the next big one be?

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David Quammen

David Quammen is an author and journalist whose books include The Song of the Dodo (1996) and The Reluctant Mr. Darwin (2006). His Spillover (2012), a work on the science, history, and human impacts of emerging diseases (especially viral diseases) was short-listed for eight national and international awards and won three. More recently he has created two short books drawn from Spillover : Ebola (2014) and The Chimp and the River (2015). In the past thirty years Quammen has also published hundreds of pieces of short nonfiction—feature articles, essays, columns—in magazines such as Harper's, National Geographic, Outside, Esquire, The Atlantic, Powder, and Rolling Stone. He writes occasional Op Eds for The New York Times and reviews for The New York Times Book Review. Quammen has been honored with an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and is a three-time recipient of the National Magazine Award. He is a Contributing Writer for National Geographic, in whose service he travels often, usually to wild and remote places. Home is Bozeman, Montana.

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Tags: infectious disease, global health, health, wellness, Infectious Disease, PHPID, viruses, zika virus, medicine