Expert in Global Pandemics Coming to WSU

 Lauren Meyers will present the 2012 Ritchey Lecture titled “Tracking and Curbing the Next Pandemic,” Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. at Weber State University.            

The event will be held in the Lind Lecture Hall Room 125-126. The lecture is hosted by the College of Science and is free and open to the public.  

Meyers, integrative biologist specializing in mathematical epidemiology and theoretical evolutionary biology, has developed new network-based mathematical methods to study the relationships between disease transmission dynamics, human behavior, and the evolution of pathogens. Her work has been published in more than 45 peer-reviewed journals and highlighted in “The Wall Street Journal” and “Newsweek.”

She received bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and philosophy from Harvard University in 1996 and her doctoral degree in biology from Stanford University in 2000. She is now the Director of the Division of Statistics and Scientific Computation at the University of Texas at Austin.

The Ritchey Lecture is in honor of the support given by Dr. Harold Ritchey, who was the former president of Thiokol Corp., known today as Alliant Techsystems Inc. (ATK). Ritchey is widely regarded as the father of solid-propellant rocketry.

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