Pacific Lutheran University has announced that alumnus Dr. William Foege will return to campus on Feb. 20 to give the annual Rachel Carson Science, Technology, & Society Annual Lecture.

The free event will take place at 7:30 p.m., in the university’s Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. The event is open to the public. His presentation, entitled “Why to Avoid a Life Plan,” will focus on the future implications of mankind’s current actions.

Foege, who received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012, is an epidemiologist and former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director who has served as global health advisor to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and is best known for developing a ring containment deployment strategy for smallpox vaccinations in the 1970s — eradicating the deadly disease that up until that point claimed millions of lives per year.

“PLU is honored to welcome home Dr. William Foege, a public health champion whose groundbreaking work has done incalculable good around the globe,” PLU president Allan Belton said. “He embodies this university’s call for its students to live lives of thoughtful inquiry, service, leadership and care – for other people, for their communities, and for the earth.”