International Malaria Expert and Acclaimed Author to Speak
Robert S. Desowitz, one of the world’s leading researchers of
tropical diseases, will give a talk on "Malaria: The Oldest Emerging
Disease" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, at UNC Asheville’s Robinson
Hall room 125. The event is free and open to the public.
Desowitz is internationally known as a teacher, lecturer and
researcher of malaria and other tropical diseases. During his 40 year
career, Desowitz served as a professor, medical detective and World Health
Organization parasitologist. He is the author of an award-winning textbook
in medical parasitology and has also written several books for the general
public, including the highly acclaimed "The Malaria Capers" and
"New Guinea Tapeworms and Jewish Grandmothers." Desowitz is
emeritus professor of tropical medicine and medical microbiology at the
University of Hawaii and is currently adjunct professor of epidemiology at
UNC Chapel Hill.
During his talk, Desowitz will explore the complex interplay between
infectious diseases and human behavior. He will discuss the history of
malaria and why it is on the rise.
For more information, call UNCA’s Biology Department at 828/251-6444.
- Dr. Michael Stuart, UNCA Biology Professor, 828/251-5148
- Merianne Epstein, UNCA Public Information Director, 828/251-6676