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March 2, 2005

Global Health Expert Recounts Tsunami Aftermath March 7

University of Iowa professor Paul Greenough witnessed a global health crisis in December when he was in Sri Lanka as the Indian Ocean tsunami struck the country's east coast. Greenough will speak about "The December 2004 Tsunami: A View From Sri Lanka," at noon Monday, March 7 in the International Center Lounge. This event, part of the International Mondays lecture series, is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided.

Greenough, director of the UI Global Health Studies Program, and two other UI scholars were doing preliminary research on polio immunization and malaria control in Sri Lanka on Dec. 26, 2004, when the tsunami struck all the islands and coasts around the Indian Ocean.

"Although I was in the mountains at the time, and thus not directly in danger, we drove a day later to the east coast of Sri Lanka to see the effects and meet public health officials," he said.

Greenough, a professor of history in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, teaches the history of India and of international- and public-health. He is the director of the interdisciplinary UI Crossing Borders Program and co-director of the UI National Resource Center on International Studies. His research interests include the study of environmental distress and global disease control. He was educated at Reed College, Columbia University and the University of Chicago.

For more information on this lecture or International Mondays, contact Buffy Quintero at 319-335-0345.

The International Mondays series is sponsored by UI International Programs and the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization and presents discussions with individuals who have had international experiences. The lectures are usually from noon to 1 p.m. every Monday in the International Center Lounge or other locations on campus throughout the academic year with the exception of holidays and breaks.

UI International Programs consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost for academic programs and dean of international programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and the community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT(S): Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Buffy Quintero, 319-335-0345; Writer: Po Li Loo