May 5th Models of Excellence Lecture

On May 5th, the Emory Center for Public Health Preparedness is offering a Models of Excellence lecture presented by Steven Johnson. Johnson is the author of “The Ghost Map” and “The Invention of Air,” and his lecture is entitled, “The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic- And How it Changed Cities, Science, and the Modern World.”

The free lecture and lunch is intended for staff at public health or health care organizations, as well as faculty at Emory. Continuing education credits are offered (details included at the bottom of this page). A book signing will follow immediately after the lecture.

The event is May 5th, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Cox Ballroom at Emory University (569 ASBURY CIRCLE — Parking available in the Peavine, Fishburne or Lowergate Parking Decks).

Register online at (Follow the links for Models of Excellence Lecture Series).

The focus of the Models of Excellence series is to explore the linkage between innovation and public health preparedness-related practice, as well as ways in which public health practitioners and health science faculty can facilitate the translation of innovation into practice.

The lecture is sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention & Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University.

About Steven Johnson, PhD

  • Best Selling Author of Six Books, including “The Ghost Map”, and his latest, “The Invention of Air”
  • Distinguished Writer in Residence, Department of Journalism, New York University
  • Founder of several websites, including Plastic and

Drawn from one of the defining moments in the invention of modern life-the emergence of modern public health during the London cholera epidemic of 1854, “The Ghost Map” is a gripping case study in how change happens, the turbulent way in which wrong or ineffectual ideas are overthrown by better ones.  It is also a story of how scientific understanding can advance in the most hostile of environments. In a triumph of dynamic, multidisciplinary thinking, Steven Johnson examines the epidemic from the microbial level to the human level to the urban level. Brilliantly illuminating the intertwined histories of the spread of disease, the rise of cities, and the nature of scientific inquiry, Johnson presents both vivid history and a powerful, provocative explanation of how it has shaped the world we live in. “The Ghost Map” was one of the ten best nonfiction books of 2006 according to Entertainment Weekly.

Steven Johnson is the author of the national bestsellers “The Ghost Map,” “Everything Bad is Good For You,” and “Mind Wide Open,” as well as “Emergence and Interface Culture.” He is a Distinguished Writer In Residence at New York University’s Department of Journalism and the founder of several influential websites, including Plastic, and He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and three sons. See Steven’s website at

Immediately following Steven’s lecture, there will be a book signing of “The Ghost Map” and “The Invention of Air” (his most recent book).  Both books will be available for purchase.  Steven’s new book, “The Invention of Air” tells the story of Joseph Priestly, the Founding Fathers, and how innovative ideas emerge and spread in society and drive historical change. Like his award-winning previous book, “The Ghost Map,” “The Invention of Air” uses a surprising historical and biographical narrative to discuss ideas that have profoundly shaped our modern world.

Continuing Education Credits:

CNE (nurses): This activity for 1.5 contact hours is provided by CDC, which is accredited as a provider of continuing education in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission Accreditation.

CME (physicians): This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the Centers for Disease Control and the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited by the ACCME to provide medical education for physicians.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.5 hour in category 1 credit towards the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award.  Each physician should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

CEU (other professionals): The CDC has been reviewed and approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) 8405 Greensboro Drive, Suite 800, McLean, VA 22102.  The CDC has awarded 0.15 CEU’s to participants who successfully complete this program.

CECH (health educators): CDC is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is a designated event for the CHES to receive 1.5 Category I Contact Hour(s) in health education. CDC provider number GA0082.

CPE (Continuing Pharmacy Education):  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This program is a designated event for pharmacists to receive 0.15 Contact Hour(s) in pharmacy education.  The Universal Program Number is 387-999-08-006-C04-P.

For Additional Information:  Contact Karen Hudson at or 404-727-5132, or Laura M. Lloyd, MPH, CHES, Director of Continuing Professional Education at or 404-727-3035.

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