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Zika and Ebola: Why We'll Always Have Pandemics
Friday, Nov. 11, 2016
7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Location: ATC 1.102

Presented by the 2016 American Society for Microbiology Texas Branch Fall Meeting and the Department of Biological Sciences at The University of Texas at Dallas:

In May of 2015, Zika was first reported in Brazil and is still spreading today. A year earlier, March 2014, the World Health Organization reported Ebola in Africa. The spread and response to the Ebola outbreak was affected by historical, political and social issues everywhere, including in Dallas, location of the first U.S. diagnosed case. This presentation will examine what we learned from the 2014 outbreak, if those lessons have impacted the Zika response, and what needs to happen so we are prepared for whatever comes next.

About the speaker:

Dr. Tara Smith is associate professor of epidemiology in the College of Public Health at Kent State University. An expert on zoonotic infections – those that are transferred between animals and humans – Smith has studied infectious diseases for 20 years in the U.S and around the globe. She was the first to identify livestock-associated strains of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in the United States, and has pioneered the investigation of this organism in the U.S. Smith has presented her research at numerous national and international platforms, including talks on Capitol Hill. She has written three books on infectious disease topics, maintains a science blog called Aetiology, and writes about infectious diseases for media outlets including,, the Guardian, Politico, io9, and other sites. Smith is also a member of the advisory board of the Zombie Research Society.

Smith joined the Kent State faculty in 2013. She previously spent nine years in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Iowa’s College of Public Health, where she directed the Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases. An Ohio native, she earned her BS in biology from Yale University and her PhD at the University of Toledo. She completed postdoctoral training in molecular epidemiology at the University of Michigan.

This event is free to attend. Register here:


Contact Info:
Kelli Palmer, 972-883-6014
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