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VPR Distinguished Lecture to feature global health research at WSU

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Guy Palmer

The next Vice President for Research Distinguished Lecture will present a portfolio of research activities that provide opportunities for faculty engagement across the Washington State University system. 

This year’s speaker, Guy Palmer, the Jack and Jan Creighton Endowed Chair and Regents Professor of Pathology and Infectious Diseases, will also highlight scientific efforts to eliminate the most lethal human virus from the African continent. 

His talk, Global health research at WSU: Inclusive from childhood nutrition to pandemic virus hunting, will take place at 1 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 11. The lecture will be livestreamed via Zoom. 

Palmer is the founding director of WSU’s Paul G. Allen School for Global Health, and currently is the senior director of Global Health.

In addition to his primary appointment at WSU, he holds appointments at the Nelson Mandela 
African Institute of Science and Technology in Tanzania, University of Nairobi in Kenya, Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, University of Washington, and the U.S. National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine in Washington, D.C.

Palmer was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2006 and is a Medical Sciences Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is a founding member of the Washington State Academy of Sciences, where he served as the president from 2012-13. He currently serves on the State of Washington Advisory Board for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and chairs the National Academy of Medicine Committee on the National Strategy and Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria.

Following his residency in pathology, Palmer earned a doctorate degree in Infectious Diseases from WSU and completed a National Institutes for Health fellowship in vaccine immunology. He holds honorary doctorates from the University of Bern in Switzerland, where he completed his fellowship in the Institute of Pathology, and from Kansas State University, where he chaired the Advisory Board for the Biosecurity Institute. He has been recognized with the Poppensiek Professorship at Cornell, the IBM Professorship at Colby College, the Schalm Lectureship at the University of California, the Distinguished Scientist Lectureship at NIH, the Science in Medicine Lectureship at the University of Washington, and the Merck Award for Creativity. 

The Vice President for Research Distinguished Lecture Series invites world-renowned experts to WSU to share ideas and spark conversations about research that addresses society’s biggest challenges. Invited lecturers are leaders in their fields. This VPR Distinguished Lecture is sponsored by the Office of Research and is part of Research Week 2021. 

RSVP is required and a full schedule of other Research Week events are available online. 

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