Historian/author Barry shares lessons about pandemic influenza at TTU on Nov. 3

Posted by Karen Lykins - Wednesday, October 28 2009
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Learn about how pandemic influenza can change history from the author of “The Great Influenza” at this year’s Stonecipher Lecture on Science and Society at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, in Tennessee Tech University’s Derryberry Hall Auditorium.

John M. Barry, a prize-winning and best-selling historian who has advised the Bush and Obama administrations, the World Health Organization, and the private sector on pandemic influenza, will present “Nature Against Man: Past, present, and future of pandemic influenza.”
In 2005 the National Academies of Science named his book, “The Great Influenza,” a study of the 1918 pandemic, the year's best book on science or medicine, and he won the "September 11th Award" for his contribution to pandemic preparedness.

A member of advisory boards at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, he was also the only non-scientist on a U.S. government Infectious Disease Board of Experts and in 2006 became the only non-scientist to give the National Academies annual Abel Wolman Distinguished Lecture. His writings on influenza have appeared in The New York Times, Fortune, Time, The Washington Post, and in such scientific journals as Nature and Journal of Infectious Disease.

He advised both the Bush and Obama administrations on influenza, and he has also advised other federal, state, and World Health Organization officials on influenza, crisis management, and risk communication.

The Stonecipher Lecture, which is free and open to the public, was created to fund the appearance of leading scholars and thinkers to address the interrelationship between science and contemporary society. Harry Stonecipher, a 1960 TTU physics graduate, is the former president and chief operating officer of The Boeing Co. and worked for major industrial firms including General Motors, General Electric, Sundstrand and McDonnell Douglas.

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