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Lecture to discuss impact of AIDS in Asia, Texas

Three experts on AIDS and HIV infection will speak in the panel discussion, UNT Speaks Out on AIDS, to mark World AIDS Day, 6 p.m. Dec. 1 in Willis Library, first floor Forum.

The event is part of the free UNT Speaks Out Faculty Lecture Series, which began last spring as a way for UNT Libraries to create conversations about contemporary issues among faculty, staff students and Denton County residents.

Joseph Oppong, geography professorThe panelists include:

  • Joseph Oppong,┬áright, interim associate dean of research and professional development for Toulouse Graduate School and professor of geography, will discuss geographic distribution of HIV/AIDS in Texas. Oppong helped found the Center for Computational Epidemiology and Response, which creates epidemiological models to explore outbreak scenarios of diseases such as tuberculosis, human papilloma virus and seasonal influenza.
  • Chwee-Lye Chng, Regents Professor of kinesiology, health promotion and recreation, who will discuss HIV-AIDS in Asia.
  • Mark Vosvick, associate professor of health psychology and behavioral medicine, will speak about recent directions in psychosocial research on HIV/AIDS in the U.S. Vosvick is director and Chng is on the board of the Center for Psychosocial Health Research, in which scholars collaborate on research focusing on psychosocial factors associated with chronic disease, including HIV infection.

Established by the World Health Organization, World AIDS Day is observed each Dec. 1 and is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection.

Other events for World AIDS Day include:

  • The Media Library will show The Lazarus Effect, a 2010 documentary about the positive impact of free antiretroviral drug on HIV and AIDS patients in Africa, at 7 p.m. Nov. 29 and at noon Nov. 30 at Chilton Hall, Room 111.

Learn more: Kristin Boyett, UNT Libraries, 940-565-2486.

Posted on: Mon 21 November 2011

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