Dr. Paul Ewald to present as part of Darwin 2009: A Collaborative Celebration of Evolution

| January 6, 2009

Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin

As part of Darwin 2009: A Collaborative Celebration of Evolution, the year 2009 marks both the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of "The Originof Species." Events are scheduled throughout greater Cincinnati to celebrate these anniversaries. For a complete list of events, visit http://www.uc.edu/darwin.

All are welcome to attend Emerging Diseases: How Darwinian Thinking Helps To Distinguish The Few Grave Threats From The Many Fizzers, a presentation by Dr. Paul Ewald on Sunday, February 1, 2009 from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. in the Cintas Center, Banquet Room 2 on the campus of Xavier University.

Paul W. Ewald  is a Professor of Biology and Director of the Program on Disease Evolution at University of Louisville.  He holds appointment in the Department of Biology at the Academic campus and the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the School of Medicine.   Professor Ewald received his B.Sc. in Biological Sciences from the University of California and his Ph.D. from the University of Washington with a specialization in evolutionary biology.  He was the first recipient of the Smithsonian Institution’s George E. Burch Fellowship in Theoretic Medicine and Affiliated Sciences, which was established in honor of the renowned cardiologist to foster pioneering advancements in the health sciences. Prior to joining University of Louisville, Professor Ewald was on the Faculty at Amherst College, where he held Assistant, Associate and Full Professorships and was the Dominic Paino Professor of Global Environmental Studies.  During this time he also held and adjunct appointment at the University of Massachusetts.

Professor Ewald was a principle founder of the discipline evolutionary medicine, by virtue of the papers and books he has published from 1980 onwards. He is the author of Evolution of Infectious Disease (Oxford) which is widely acknowledged as a landmark in the emergence of this discipline. The book summarized the conceptual framework for understanding the evolution of acute infectious diseases, which he developed during the 1980s.  It also laid down its application to the threat posed by influenza, which has been proven accurate during the fifteen years that have elapsed since its publication. His second book Plague Time (Free Press & Anchor) integrated many of these ideas with our emerging understanding of the broad role of germs as causes of chronic diseases.

He has written many articles for scientific journals on topics ranging from territorial behavior to new strategies for designing vaccines. He also has written numerous articles for popular magazines such as Natural History, National Geographic, and Scientific American, and Op Ed pieces for the New York Times and the London Times. His work has been featured in publications such as Science, Newsweek, The New York Times, LA Times, Omni, Scientific American, Forbes, Fortune, US News & World Report, The Atlantic Monthly, and Esquire’s Best and Brightest issue for 2005. He has lectured extensively at college campuses and symposia around the world and has made approximately 200 appearances on television (PBS,  Learning Channel, Discovery Channel, NBC, and Canadian Broadcast Company, Australian Broadcast Company, etc.) and radio (NPR’s Science Friday, Soundprint and The Connection, CBC’s Quirks & Quarks and Sunday Edition, the Newsweek Radio Show, etc.).