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Health technology for developing areas is topic, March 7

Christopher Elias, president of an international nonprofit agency that seeks technological solutions to improving health in developing regions, will speak at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, in the Friend Center Auditorium.

Elias has been president of PATH, a Seattle-based organization, since 2000. In January, the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship named Elias "social entrepreneur of the year" for the United States.

Elias's talk is part of the new "Technology for Developing Regions" lecture series funded by a Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS) grant to the School of Engineering and Applied Science. The grant will enable the school to explore new technologies that are appropriate for developing regions and eventually will fund graduate fellowships and fieldwork.

"One of the startling realizations for us is how many people are working on these kinds of technologies without knowing about the work that others are doing in the same area,” said Margaret Martonosi, associate dean of academic affairs in the engineering school and professor of electrical engineering. “The lecture series will help crystallize a community that is already forming here in the EQuad.”

Martonosi spearheaded the proposal for the PIIRS grant along with Michael Celia, chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Daniel Rubenstein, chair of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

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