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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

SU Hosts Bioterrorism Prevention Speaker Series

class=""MsoNormal"">SALISBURY, MD---Salisbury University hosts a Bioterrorism Seminar Series beginning Thursday, September 22.

class=""MsoNormal"">The series is part of the Bioterrorism Course offered every fall semester by the Environmental Health Science Program of the Biological Sciences Department of the Richard A. Henson School of Science and Technology.  The seminars feature professionals from universities and organizations discussing topics concerning the prevention of bioterrorism. All sessions are 4 p.m. in Henson Science Hall Room 243.

class=""MsoNormal"">Dr. Daniel J. Barnett, training specialist for the Center for Public Health Preparedness at Johns Hopkins University, inaugurates the discussions.  He speaks on best practice models to enhance all-hazards public health emergency readiness and response.

class=""MsoNormal"">On Thursday, September 29, Steve Hammond of WBOC-TV in Salisbury speaks on the media’s role in national emergency communications.  Hammond has served as an anchor, reporter and news manager for the station.  He currently anchors the news weekdays at 6 and 7 p.m. 

class=""MsoNormal"">Dr. Jeffrey Mitchell, a clinical associate professor of emergency health services at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, will discuss crisis and stress management Thursday, October 6.  Dr. Mitchell is the author of seven books and more than 200 articles specializing in crisis intervention, stress management and disaster psychology.

class=""MsoNormal"">Steve Sharro, director of the training division for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), speaks on his experiences Thursday, October 20.  Sharro has participated in the response to many major disasters including Hurricanes Andrew, Marilyn, Fran and Floyd; the Midwest floods; and the Northridge Earthquake.   Additionally, he has worked extensively in the area of anti-terrorism and serves as a senior policy advisor on terrorism.

class=""MsoNormal"">Lieutenant Robert Bolesta, deputy director in the Special Investigations Division at the Montgomery County, MD Police Department, speaks on law enforcement’s role in homeland security Thursday, October 28.  Bolesta developed his district’s Critical Incident Manual, which contains aerial photos, floor plans, on-site contact and tactical information for every “high risk” potential terrorist target within the district’s 33-square-mile borders. He also served as project director for the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention “HotSpot” grant, which resulted in a 26 percent decrease in Central Business District crime rates.

class=""MsoNormal"">Cynthia Shaffer Rilling of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta concludes the series Thursday, November 24.  She has worked in public health for the past 18 years at the municipal, county and federal levels.  She leads a team that designs tools and guidance materials for states and localities to use in creating and evaluating their own preparedness and response plans and exercises for chemical, radiological and natural hazard events. The series is free and the public is invited.  For more information call 410-543-6030 or visit the SU Web site at "

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