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Free public lecture on February 11: "One World . . . One Health" 2017 Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science

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09 February 2017

Peter HudsonA free public lecture titled "One World . . . One Health" will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 11, in 100 Thomas Building on the Penn State University Park campus. The event is the fourth of six consecutive Saturday lectures in the 2017 Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science, a free public minicourse that does not require registration or exams. The overall theme of the 2017 lecture series is "The Quest for One Healthy Planet." The six speakers are scientists whose research is at the frontiers of knowledge about how the health of the Earth is affecting the health of people and other forms of life on our planet.

The lecture on February 11 will be given by Peter Hudson, Willaman Professor of Biology and Director of the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences at Penn State. He will discuss the threat of global epidemics that could result from emerging diseases, including Ebola, SARS, and Hendra. Some of these diseases are caused by viruses that can be transmitted to people by horses, bats, ticks, and other species in addition to by other people. Hudson's research also includes how being infected with one of these diseases leaves a person susceptible to other pathogens and parasites. He will show the latest research about where these new diseases are coming from and what measures are being used now to limit their spread among people and also among wildlife. He also will suggest what research scientists can do next to reveal new ways to prevent and contain the spread of such diseases.

Peter Hudson has published more than 300 scientific papers and 4 books on the ecology of infectious diseases. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2008 and a Corresponding Fellow of the Royal Society of Scotland in 2010. Among his honors are the Carlton Herman Award and the Laurent Perrier Award. He has been the Director of Penn State's Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences since 2005.

Future lectures in the 2017 series are:

  • "The Race to Grow Enough Food for Everyone" on February 18 by Jonathan Lynch, Professor of Plant Nutrition at Penn State; and
  • "Marine Mammals as Health Sentinels for Oceans and Us" on February 25 by Gregory D. Bossart, Senior Vice President for Animal Health, Research, and Conservation at the Georgia Aquarium.

The Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science is an annual free public minicourse organized and supported by the Penn State Eberly College of Science as an enjoyable and enlightening learning opportunity for eager learners in the Central Pennsylvania area and beyond. After presentation, the lectures are closed captioned and then archived online for viewing worldwide. More information about the Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science and links to archived videos of previous lectures are online at science.psu.edu/frontiers.

For more information or access assistance, contact the Eberly College of Science Office of Communications by phone at 814-863-4682 or by e-mail at sci-comm@psu.edu

[ B. K. K. ]

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