Dr. Penny Hitchcock, recipient of the College of Science's Distinguished Alumnus Award, will present a special Natural Science Seminar on Friday, May 17th at 3 PM in Science rm 147 (Please note this is one hour earlier than our usual Natural Science Seminar time). Please post and share the attached announcement with anyone you think may be interested in what promises to be an eye-opening seminar from a renowned, and highly-regarded CWU alumna. Refreshments will be served at 2:50. Also attached is a publication from Dr. Hitchcock that provides some interesting background information. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend.
Dr. Hitchcock is a internationally recognized expert in infectious diseases, including basic, applied and clinical research, product development, and public health. She was one of the original BioWatch team members at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), and remained a consultant to the BioWatch Program prior to assuming her position as the Chief Scientist of the BioWatch System Program. While working with the Center for Biosecurity, she led efforts to develop policies aimed at reducing the risk and impact of bioterrorism while simultaneously reducing the morbidity, mortality, and costs associated with emerging public health diseases. Dr. Hitchcock was the lead author on Center reports examining the 1) biosecurity of indoor air; 2) the vulnerability of drinking water systems; and 3) challenges in global biosurveillance.
The title of Dr. Hitchcock's presentation is: Global Surveillance and Response to Disease Outbreaks and here is an abstract...
Management of disease outbreaks with potential for international impact is a daunting challenge. In this diverse, yet collective world, disease threats are skyrocketing while health care resources are dwindling. Strategic use of existing infrastructure and resources; improved concepts of operation; and development of more effective trade and travel policies are essential. Best practices from 14 international surveillance and response programs are provided to demonstrate how response to disease outbreaks of public health significance might be improved. Strategic use of effective vaccines, early (environmental) detection, personal practices of infection control, home-based diagnostic tests, and single-dose treatments are highlighted.
With many good wishes,