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Professors from Ethiopia to visit Drake campus

February 21, 2012
Drake University will host two professors from Ethiopia during the week of Feb. 27. Tsige Gebre-Mariam and Anteneh Belete are both professors in the School of Pharmacy at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia, and will visit classes and labs during their time on campus. In addition to time with students, the two professors will deliver presentations, one of which is open to the public.

The Principal Financial Group Center for Global Citizenship will host Gebre-Mariam's lecture on "Progress on Combating HIV/AIDS in Africa" on Feb. 28 at Bulldog Theater in the Olmsted Center. His speech will being at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Gebre-Mariam has received a number of academic recognitions and awards for outstanding services and contributions to research and teaching. He was named Ambassador Scientist by the Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation and has published more than 80 peer-reviewed journal articles. He has presented his work in various international workshops, symposia and conferences.

Separate from Gebre-Mariam's lecture, Belete will discuss the development of novel magnetomicellar MRI contrast agents from hydrophobic magnetite nanocrystals with Drake students.

The Ethiopian scholars' visit is an opportunity for Drake's College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences to investigate potential collaborations in research, teaching and international experiences for students and faculty. It speaks clearly to the University's mission of providing "an exceptional learning environment that prepares students for meaningful personal lives, professional accomplishments and responsible global citizenship."