Melvin J. Fregly (1925-1996), a biomedical researcher specializing in human hypertension research, served as Assistant Dean for Graduate Education in the UF College of Medicine and was appointed Graduate Research Professor in 1979. An interdisciplinary symposium in his honor sponsored by the George A. Smathers Libraries will be held on October 4-5, 2018. The theme is mosquito-borne illness in the southeastern United States and Latin America, past, present, and future. Fregly, an educator and scientist with broad research interests, inspired the creation of this event.
This symposium is intended to address social, cultural, and scientific issues raised by mosquito-borne illness, a subject that is vitally important to public health the United States, and Latin America. It will bring together experts in different fields to describe how each discipline addresses these problems, and in the process, promote discussion among participants as to how interdisciplinary collaboration can enhance the development of innovative solutions. It will also highlight current research addressing concerns about emerging mosquito-borne pathogens. The symposium is an outreach opportunity for the University of Florida, recognizing the importance of interdisciplinary work and collaboration, and will provide the opportunity for participants to contribute to the institutional repository at UF. It will also showcase the science-based holdings in the George A. Smathers Libraries. Ultimately, the symposium will raise awareness of available resources for research, as stipulated in the Libraries' strategic goals, and will promote connections among its collections and curators. The symposium will contribute to the Libraries' efforts to encourage transformative collaboration by drawing together members of the university and local communities.
About the Symposium:
This event is sponsored by the University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries Department of Special and Area Studies Collections, the Health Science Center Libraries, and the Emerging Pathogens Institute with support from the Fregly Fund.
Light refreshments will be served at most events. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required.