Thursday February 9, 2006

Are We Safe Against Bioterrorism?

Laurie Garrett, a former New York Newsday medical and science reporter also will discuss the threat of antibiotic-resistant diseases, how extremely fragile public health systems are and how the "wealth gap" increases public health stress.

A senior fellow on global health policy at the Council on Foreign Relations will tell a University of Dayton audience that the threat of bioterriorism is growing at an uncontrollable pace and antibiotic-resistant diseases will pose a serious health threat at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, in the Kennedy Union ballroom.

Laurie Garrett, a former New York Newsday medical and science reporter and the only person ever to win the Peabody, Polk and Pulitzer journalism awards, also will discuss how extremely fragile public health systems are and how the "wealth gap" increases public health stress.

The talk, part of UD's Distinguished Speakers Series, is free and open to the public.

Garrett's work focuses on newly emerging and re-emerging diseases, and how the public's health as a whole affects foreign policy and national security.

She is the best-selling author of The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance and Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health.

Garrett has appeared on "ABC Nightline," "The Jim Lehrer NewsHour," "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and NBC's "Dateline."

UD's Distinguished Speakers Series concludes with Winona LaDuke, Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader's running mate in 1996 and 2000, at 8 p.m. Monday, March 6, in the Kennedy Union ballroom.

LaDuke was nominated by Time as one of America's 50 most promising leaders under 40. She also shared Ms. Woman of the Year honors with the music duo Indigo Girls and was a winner of the Reebok Human Rights award.

LaDuke is the program director of Honor the Earth and the founding director of the White Earth Land Recovery Project. Her speech is co-sponsored by UD's Diversity Lecture Series, the UD Women's Center and UD's women's studies program in conjuction with the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership, which sponsors the Distinguished Speakers Series.

Garrett is not available for interviews before she arrives in Dayton. To set up an interview with Garrett for Tuesday, Feb. 21, please contact Shawn Robinson at (937) 229-3391.