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Citizen Science Program presents

Citizen Science Guest Lecture Series: Dr. Jennifer Gaudioso '95

Infectious Diseases: Where’s the Line between Public Health and Security?

Thursday, January 10, 2013

[Citizen Science Guest Lecture Series: Dr. Jennifer Gaudioso '95]
Bioscience research is changing rapidly. For example, improvements in sequencing have exceeded Moore's Law. In parallel with the scientific advances, there has been a growing concern about the threat of bioterrorism. A selective review of the changes in the science and in bioterrorism incidents will provide a background for considering the various controls to address bioterrorism that are being implemented in the US and internationally. Should the materials be controlled? Should the equipment be controlled? Should there be controls on the expertise that could contribute to biological weapons? There is not a consensus approach to assessing the risks or the appropriate measures to address those risks, or how to evaluate tradeoffs of possible impacts to science and public health.

Dr. Jennifer Gaudioso
is
the Manager of the International Biological Threat Reduction (IBTR) program at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM. This program enhances United States and international security by promoting safe, secure, and responsible use of dangerous biological agents. Jennifer and her Sandia team have worked extensively in laboratory biosafety, biosecurity, biocontainment, and infectious disease diagnostics and control internationally. Jennifer is author of numerous journal articles and has presented her research at national and international meetings. She also co-authored the Laboratory Biosecurity Handbook, published by CRC Press. Jennifer serves on SNL’s Institutional Biosafety Committee, and is an active member of the American Biological Safety Association.

Time: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Location: Olin Hall