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Hammonds on women and AIDS

"Women and AIDS: Reconstructing the History of an Epidemic" is the title of a talk to be delivered by Associate Professor Evelynn Hammonds of the Program in Science, Technology and Society (STS) on Monday, March 16 at 4pm in Bartos Theater (Building E15). The STS-sponsored talk is the annual Arthur Miller Lecture on Science and Ethics.

Women now account for the majority of all new HIV/AIDS cases diagnosed in the United States; by 2000, more women than men will be infected with the virus. However, resources allocated for women's research, health services and outreach remain "woefully inadequate," Professor Hammonds's lecture abstract says. Her talk will trace the history of the AIDS epidemic through the experiences of women as patients, health care providers, activists and researchers.

Dr. Miller was an MIT alumnus (SB '45) noted for his work in electronic measurement and instrumentation. His medical contributions included methods to reduce shock hazards in hospital monitoring systems, and designing the first commercial cardiographs that featured adequate patient circuit isolation from line and ground.

The talk is free and open to the public. For more information, call x3-4062.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on March 11, 1998.

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