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The Hayden-Howard lecture

Speaker: Carlos Castillo-Chavez, Arizona State University and Yachay Tech University, Ecuador.

Regents Professor, Joaquin Bustoz Jr. Professor and Director Simon A Levin Mathematical, Computational and Modeling Sciences Center

Arizona State University Tempe, AZ, USA

Title: Emergent and Re-emerging diseases: The case of Ebola, Influenza and Tuberculosis
Time and location: Thursday, 23 February 2017, 4-5 pm, CB 110. Refreshments will be served at 3:30 pm in room 745 of the Patterson Office Tower.


Abstract: As we[1] noted recently, It is about two years since the official confirmation of an outbreak of Ebola haemorrhagic fever in West Africa. With new cases occurring at their lowest rate for 2015 with the end of the outbreak soon after in all three countries predominantly affected. The time to consider systematic approaches strategies to mitigate the impact of future outbreaks of re-emergent diseases like Ebola or Tuberculosis or Influenza; the result of changing complex social landscapes, is overdue. The recent Ebola outbreak, like many other emerging or re-emergent diseases, illustrates the crucial role of the ecological, social, political, and economic context within which diseases emerge[2]. In this lecture, I will explore what we have learned from dealing with emergent and re-emergent diseases including Tuberculosis in the past and in the era of HIV and the what we have learned from the recent out breaks of Influenza and Ebola.


[1] C Castillo-Chavez, R Curtiss, P Daszak, SA Levin, O Patterson-Lomab, C. Perrings, G. Poste and S. Towers - Beyond Ebola: lessons to mitigate future pandemics ,The Lancet Global Health, Volume 3, Issue 7, pages e354-e355, 2015.

[2] Perspectives on the role of mobility, behavior, and time scales in the spread of diseases C Castillo-Chavez, D Bichara, BR Morin - Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2016.


Previous Hayden-Howard lecturers

  • 2015-16, Yitang Zhang, University of New Hampshire
  • 2014-15, Robert Lazarsfeld, State University of New York at Stony Brook
  • 2013-14, Jill Pipher, Brown University
  • 2012-13, Michelle Wachs, University of Miami
  • 2011-12, Doug Ravenel, University of Rochester
  • 2010-11, Luis Vega, Universidad del Pais Vasco
  • 2009-10, David Eisenbud, University of California at Berkeley
  • 2008-09, Carlos Kenig, University of Chicago
  • 2007-08, Joachim Rosenthal, University of Zurich
  • 2006-07, John Neuberger, University of North Texas
  • 2005-06, Fang-hua Lin, New York University
  • 2004-05, Gang Tian, Princeton University and MIT
  • 2003-04, Doron Zeilberger, Rutgers University
  • 2002-03, Craig Huneke, University of Kansas
  • 2001-02, Craig Evans, University of California at Berkeley
  • 2000-01, Richard Stanley, MIT

About the Hayden-Howard lecture

The Hayden-Howard lecture was inaugurated in the spring of 2001 by a generous contribution to the Department of Mathematics. The lecture series was established in honor of mathematics professors Thomas Hayden and Henry Howard. Each year, the lecture series brings a research mathematician of international stature to the University of Kentucky.

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