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Frontiers in Science to bring prize-winning author

ATHENS, Ohio (Sept. 17, 2004) -- As a science writer for New York Newsday, Laurie Garrett has traveled the world to report and research the spread of some of the most deadly viruses in existence. Based on her best-selling book, "Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health," Garrett is bringing her knowledge of health and the world to Ohio University's Frontiers in Science Lecture Series Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 8 p.m. at Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. Admission is free for the public.

Laurie Garrett will speak Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 8 p.m. as part of the Frontiers in Science lecture series.The winner of the Peabody, Polk and Pulitzer prizes for journalism, Garrett will explain how public health across the world has deteriorated over the years and implications of current issues, such as bioterrorism, to the state of the health care system.

Garrett got her start as a science reporter for KPFA, a local radio station in Berkeley where she attended graduate school. After her stint in radio, Garrett went overseas to live and work in southern Europe and sub-Saharan Africa. While there Garrett freelanced for Pacifica Radio, Pacific News Service, BBC-Radio, Reuters, and the Associated Press. She then joined National Public Radio in 1980 and worked out of the San Francisco and Los Angeles bureaus covering the sciences until she left in 1988 for Newsday.

She is also the author of the best-selling book, "The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance." Garrett graduated with honors in biology from the University of California in Santa Cruz. Garrett has received the Newsday Publisher's Award, the Award of Excellence from the National Association of Black Journalists and the Bob Considine Award of the Overseas Press Club of America.

For more information about Laurie Garrett, visit her web site at www.lauriegarrett.com.  

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