SCIENCE/MEDICAL WRITER, LAURIE GARRETT, TO SPEAK AT HAMILTON
_In her newest book, The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a WorldOut of Balance, Garrett exposes numerous infectious diseases threateninghumankind. Her discussion covers familiar viruses like malaria and AIDS, andnewly emerging infections like the deadly Marburg and Ebola viruses. Exploringfifty-years of the world's battles with microbes, she examines the worldwideconditions that have culminated in outbreaks of newly discovered diseases, andin old diseases that are no longer curable.
_Writing for The New York Times, Michiko Kakutani called The ComingPlague "A frightening vision of the future and a deeply unsettling one...asober, scary book that not only limns the dangers posed by emerging diseasesbut also raises serious questions about two centuries worth of enlightenmentbeliefs in science and technology and progress."
_Garrett had advanced to doctoral candidacy in immunology at the University ofCalifornia at Berkeley before taking leave to work in communications. Sheworked as a science correspondent for National Public Radio for eight yearsbefore joining Newsday in 1986. She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize forcourageous reporting from Zaire on the Ebola virus outbreak there. She hasauthored and co-authored several books, is a frequent contributor to severalnewspapers and magazines and has appeared on "Dateline" (NBC), "TheMcNeill/Lehrer Newshour" (PBS) and many other programs.