Bioterrorism preparedness

November 19, 2001

U-M School of Public Health to host discussion of bioterrorism preparedness

ANN ARBOR---In the aftermath of Sept. 11, anthrax has become a household word. Public health practitioners, normally working behind the scenes to prevent and control disease, have been thrust into the spotlight in our nation's efforts to contain bioterrorism.

These professionals are charged with such things as protecting air quality and municipal water systems, developing and implementing immunization programs, and educating us about threats to our health.

The University of Michigan School of Public Health is asking challenging questions about how the nation's public health system and the school itself should deal with biological, chemical and nuclear terrorism.

What are the threats, what tools does public health have available to address those threats, and what role should public health experts play in informing the country of the risks? A forum Nov. 26, cosponsored by the U-M Life Sciences Values and Society Program and the International Institute, will delve into those issues with expert speakers and audience discussion.

Speakers include: Noreen M. Clark, dean of the School of Public Health, will open the program and Mark L. Wilson, associate professor of epidemiology and associate chair of the department of ecology and evolutionary biology, will moderate the discussion. Richard Lempert, director of the Values and Society Program as well as professor in both law and sociology, and Sioban Harlow, associate director of the International Institute and associate professor of epidemiology at School of Public Health, will speak on behalf of their programs.

"The relevance of academic public health is evident in its ability to foster---through work of faculty and through training students---the leadership needed to guide action when catastrophe strikes," Clark said. "Recent terrorist attacks have tested the mettle of the entire public health community."

This event, which is free and open to the public, runs noon-3 p.m. Nov. 26 in the auditorium of School of Public Health II, located on Washington Heights on U-M's Central Campus. For a map of central campus, visit
For more information on the U-M School of Public Health, which focuses on preventing disease and promoting the health of populations in the United States and worldwide, visit

To learn about the Life Sciences Values and Society Program, which addresses society's ability to understand and cope with cutting-edge scientific discoveries:

The International Institute sets priorities and creates opportunities for supporting faculty, student, and public engagement with a diverse and inter-connected world:

Contact: Colleen Newvine
Phone: 734-647-4411

University of Michigan

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