COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES Department of Mathematics and Statistics

The 2019 Calvin and Jean Long Distinguished Lecture in Mathematics

Dr. Carlos Castillo-Chavez

Lecture Title: Emergent and Re-Emergent Diseases in the Times of Ebola

Monday, September 30, 2019
7:00pm in Bustad 145

Please join us for an informative discussion by this year's invited guest lecturer Professor Carlos Castillo-Chavez, from Arizona State University.


The impact disease outbreaks like Influenza, Zika, Tuberculosis and Ebola and the responses to recent outbreaks highlight the importance of developing strategies to address global recurrent health crises. In this public lecture, I will highlight the roles of ecological, social, political, and economic factors in the spread of emergent and re-emergent diseases. Public health responses have been inspired by the concept of threshold or tipping point, which captures the conditions needed for the occurrence of a drastic transition between large and small outbreaks. How can you define a tipping point in this context and how can we use it to develop ways of stopping or ameliorating the impact of emergent and re-emergent diseases? The quantification of tipping point phenomena goes back to the modeling work of physician Sir Ronald Ross (Ross, 1911) in the context of malaria and his “students” (Kermack and McKendrick, 1927, 1932) in the context of communicable diseases. Here, I will offer a personal perspective on the role of epidemiological modeling thinking, that is, the use of contagion, in the study of the transmission dynamics of infectious diseases as well as its growing role in the modeling and study of socio- epidemiological processes.


Immediately following the lecture we invite you to join us for refreshments with Dr. Castillo-Chavez in Neill Hall 216 (Hacker Lounge).

About Dr. Castillo-Chavez:

Dr. Castillo-Chavez is a Regents' Professor, a Joaquín Bustoz Jr. Professor of Mathematical Biology, and a Distinguished Sustainability Scientist at Arizona State University. He has done extensive research in mathematical epidemiology, studying complex systems of disease transmission that consider social and environmental factors. He has had 49 Ph.D. students and is widely respected and honored for his mentorship of hundreds of students and his efforts to provide opportunities for underrepresented groups in mathematics.

Dr. Castillo-Chavez founded the Mathematical and Theoretical Biology Institute (MTBI), located at ASU, and serves as its Executive Director. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), the American Mathematical Society (AMS), and the American College of Epidemiology (ACE). Other honors include: three White House Awards, the AMS Distinguished Public Service Award, the SIAM Prize for Distinguished Service to the Profession, the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Chicanas and Native Americans (SACNAS) in Science Distinguished Scientist Award, and the Richard Tapia award. He has held several visiting and honorary professorships. He has served numerous organizations such as the National Science Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, President Obama's committee on the National Medal of Science, the Statistical and Applied Mathematics Sciences Institute, and the Banff International Research Station.