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Arthur Winfree to speak on sudden heart attacks in Graduate School lecture series, Nov. 12

Winfree, a 1970 alumnus of Princeton's Graduate School and the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation's "genius" award, will return to Princeton on Sunday, Nov. 12 to speak on "Total Eclipse of the Heart: Electrical Vortices and Fatal Heart Attacks."

Winfree will speak at 4 p.m. in Helm Auditorium (50 McCosh Hall). His address is the third in the "Frontiers of Knowledge" lecture series, which brings back distinguished graduate alumni to mark the centennial of the Graduate School.

Winfree's unique work over the past 30 years integrates chemistry, physiology and applied mathematics. His latest theories concern the chemical and electrical waves thought to underlie sudden cardiac death.

Currently Regents Professor at the University of Arizona, Winfree has won numerous honors and awards for his work, including a MacArthur Foundation grant commonly known as the "genius award" in 1984 and the Einthoven Award in Cardiology in 1989. Among his recent honors are the 2000 Aisenstadt Award/Chair of the Centre de Richerches Mathimatiques, Universiti de Montrial, and the 2000-2004 Norbert Wiener Prize presented by the American Mathematical Society and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

His address at Princeton, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by a reception in the Frist Campus Center's Multipurpose Room B.

For more information, visit http://www.princeton.edu/centennial , e-mail centen@princeton.edu or call (609) 258-2742.

Contact: Justin Harmon (609) 258-3601

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