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Monday, September 26, 2005 

Record-breaking lecture planned

Pitt professor plans record-breaking lecture via Web cast

University of Pittsburgh epidemiology professor Ronald LaPorte plans to transform a traditional lecture this Thursday at the Graduate School of Public Health into what could be the largest in history.

And he's using the Internet to do it.

He and other organizers are producing a live Web cast of a 4 p.m. Thursday lecture in Parran Hall by Dr. Eric Noji, chief of the Epidemiology, Surveillance and Emergency Response Branch at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"[This will] break away the walls of the auditorium so not only 300 people can see him, but potentially thousands, even a million," he said.

Noji is presenting this year's John C. Cutler Global Health Lecture. Titled "Public Health Consequences of Disasters: Challenges for Public Health Action," it will be accessible to educators, students, researchers and others interested in disasters to about 150 countries.

The Web cast will be available free through networks operated by such groups as the United Nations and 150 colleges and universities.

You can see it live at cidde-msl.cidde.pitt.edu/mediasite/viewer.

Very cool. Given the interest in this topic due to Hurricane Katrina and Rita, I have no doubt it should shatter records. Hopefully some of those watching will be the folks who screwed up in the aftermath of these recent hurricanes, as well as other policy-makers who are completely unfamiliar with the research behind disaster relief.


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  • I'm a mom and a scientist, your basic stressed-out, wanna-have-it-all-and-do-it-all Gen Xer. Recently transplanted from Ohio to Iowa, I've spent most of my life in the midwest (with 4 years of college spent out east in "soda" territory). My main interest, and the subject of my research, is infectious disease: how does the microbe cause illness? What makes one strain nasty, and another "avirulent?" Are the latter really not causing any disease, or could some of those be possible for the development of chronic disease years down the road? Additionally, I've spent a lot of time discussing the value of teaching evolution, and educating others about "intelligent design" and other forms of creationism. My interest in history of science and medicine is also useful as a way to tie all of the above interests together. [Disclaimer: the views here are solely my own, and do not represent my employer, my spouse, that guy who's always sitting by the fountain when I come into work, or anyone else with whom I may be remotely affiliated.]
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