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."