Record-breaking lecture planned
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.