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SUBJECT: Public lecture on world epidemic diseases to be held at Memorial University
DATE: Sept. 23, 2003

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Dr. Peter Haggett, professor emeritus, School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol, England, will deliver the Henrietta Harvey lecture on Wednesday, Oct. 8, starting at 8 p.m. in the D. F. Cook Recital Hall, School of Music, located on Memorial's St. John's campus.

The lecture is titled Future Geographies of World Epidemic Diseases.

A Cambridge graduate, Dr. Haggett's research over the last 30 years has focused on mapping and modelling the paths by which epidemics spread through human communities. His recent book, The Geographical Structure of Epidemics, presents an accessible, concise, and well-illustrated account of how environmental and geographical concepts can be used to enhance our knowledge of the origins and progress of epidemics, and sometimes to slow or even halt their spread.

Dr. Haggett has taught geography at three major UK universities and more than a dozen universities in North America and Australasia. He has acted as an advisor to African and Asian universities and served as a visiting scientist at the World Health Organization and the US Centre for Disease Control.

While Dr. Haggett's research has produced significant studies on the spread of measles and influenza epidemics and atlases of disease distributions, his significance to geographers goes back to the 1960s with his role in the theoretical and quantitative "revolution" in geography, said Dr. Keith Storey of Memorial's Department of Geography. "There are generations of geography students, including our own, who have been raised on his classic text, Geography a Modern Synthesis."

A reception will follow the lecture. Parking is available in Lot 15, located east of the Music Building.

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