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UW-Eau Claire To Host Program
On Biological and Chemical Terrorism
MAILED: May 6, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — In response to the threat of terrorist attacks and the concern for public health, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Continuing Education in cooperation with UW-Extension, UW-Eau Claire Environmental and Public Health Program and Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene, will host a program titled "Biological and Chemical Terrorism: the Threat Continues."
The program will be held Wednesday and Thursday, May 8 and 9, at the Ramada Inn and Conference Center, Eau Claire. Attendees may include environmental and public health officials and medical professionals, or anyone who may be called upon to respond in the event of a chemical or biological attack.
Program objectives range from creating a context for the autumn 2001 anthrax attack, to identifying and analyzing current threats to the United States, to outlining strategies for response in the event of a bioterrorism attack.
"This is a very timely issue," said Diane Brandt, outreach specialist at Continuing Education. "We are pleased to be able to bring these experts to our region."
The keynote speaker is Jeff Jacobs, executive director of the Association for Public Health Labs. Jacobs, who lives in Washington D.C., has been working on the national level for the past 17 years as an advocate in support of the public health infrastructure. He will share his insight on this issue from a national perspective.
Other presenters, in order of appearance, include Dr. Peter A. Shult, director of the Communicable Disease Division of the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene; Bob Garrison, a veterinarian at the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene; Dr. Ronald H. Laessig, director of the State Laboratory of Hygiene; Steven A. Marshall, an epidemiologist and the bio-terrorism preparedness coordinator for the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services; Julie Hladky, the Portage County health officer; Jan Klawitter, the public relations manager at the State Laboratory of Hygiene and a member of the Bioterrorism Response Team; and Mike Rindo, Executive Director of University Communications, UW-Eau Claire.
To register for remaining spots or for more information, contact UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education. Registration is available by phone, (715) 836-3990 or 1-866-UWEC4CE; by fax, (715) 836-5263; or online at www.uwec.edu/ce.
Registration fees are $152 for two-day registration, $95 for one-day registration, $135 for UW-Eau Claire environmental public health graduates, and $50 for two-days or $35 for one-day for full-time students.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: May 6, 2002