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thumb Shah_c_Joyce_RavidThere are more than 300 million cases of malaria every year. More than half a million of those infected people will die. Its cure has been known for 400 years, its prevention for more than a century. Yet it continues to kill.

Investigative journalist Sonia Shah will talk about the social and cultural challenges of eradicating the disease at Tennessee Tech University’s annual Stonecipher Lecture on Science and Society at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, in Derryberry Auditorium.

A book signing will follow the lecture.

Shah has written award-winning books about oil, drug testing and feminism. Her most recent book, “The Fever: How Malaria has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years,” is the result of five years of reporting in Panama, Cameroon and Malawi. She was invited to give a TED Talk about her research. TED Talks are a series of lectures about “ideas worth spreading” and encompass a wide variety of topics and speakers from around the world.

Shah’s reporting has appeared in a variety of media outlets, including National Public Radio, the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Scientific American and Foreign Affairs.

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

The lecture is free and open to the public. Derryberry Hall Auditorium is at 1 Wm. L. Jones Drive, Cookeville.