Sunday, November 1, 2009

Local Talk To Focus On Flu Pandemics

Cookeville-area residents are being invited to 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. The speech is scheduled for seven o'clock Tuesday night 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 a talk called,"Nature Against Man: Past, present, and future of pandemic influenza." In 2005 the National Academies of Science named his book, "The Great Influenza," which is a study of the 1918 pandemic, the year's best book on science or medicine. He also won the "September 11th Award" for his contribution to pandemic preparedness. 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.