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Bioterrorism Experts to Speak at Collin College

March 31, 2008 - Bioterrorism has become a real threat in the United States.

Collin College will host a lecture by two bioterrorism experts to discuss that threat from 12:30-1:45 p.m., Monday, April 14, at the Central Park Campus, Room B201, 2200 W. University Drive in McKinney. Speakers Janet Glowicz and Eileen Prentice will present "The Case of the Sickening Salad: Bioterrism."

The event is free and open to the public.

The presentation is based on a real investigation that occurred in Oregon in which a group attempted to disrupt local election by contaminating a salad bar with salmonella. The presentation will include discussion related to verifying that an outbreak is occurring, linking bacteria to a source and discovery of intentional spread. This type of investigation would be detected locally and would rapidly involve state and federal resources. Persons attending will understand the role of the agencies involved in outbreak investigation and how those agencies resources can be accessed.

Glowicz is a registered nurse who earned her master's degree in public health epidemiology from the Health Science Center at the University of North Texas. She has been an epidemiologist in Collin County since 2003 and worked on several interstate outbreaks of illness. She works with the state to implement control measures such as removing contaminated food from distribution.

Prentice has worked at the state and federal levels in microbiological research and testing after earning her bachelor's and master's degrees from Texas A&M University. With the Texas Department of State Health Services, she was promoted to the Biothreat Team where she has implemented various testing procedures for select agents. She currently works on the Collin County Bioterrorism Team.

The event is sponsored by the Academic Affairs division, the Central Park Campus biology department and the Pre-Med/Biology Club.

For more information, contact biology professor Cathy Donald-Whitney at cwhitney@ccccd.edu or 972.548.6717.

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