We encourage all students to attend this lecture by a noted Mason 
professor. Please see the website below for details.  The cost is free 
but tickets are required.


      Vision Series #2 - Gregory Koblentz: Biosecurity in the 21st Century

    * October 4, 2010 at 7:00 pm

Concert Hall

Advances in science and technology, the emergence of new diseases, 
globalization, and the changing nature of conflict have increased the 
risks posed by naturally occurring and man-made biological threats. From 
the anthrax letter attacks of 2001 to the H1N1 influenza pandemic in 
2009, the 21st century has already witnessed several new biological 
threats emerge. Despite the diversity of biological threats and 
disagreement about the definition of biosecurity and the most urgent 
threats, the public health and national security communities must 
develop new capabilities, strategies and partnerships to address these 
new threats. A comprehensive definition of biosecurity that covers both 
naturally occurring and man-made biological threats is necessary to 
engage in multidisciplinary research, risk assessment, and 
policy-making. This talk will provide an overview of the spectrum of 
biological risks we face today, discuss the challenges to developing 
effective biosecurity strategies, and offer some thoughts on the future 
of biosecurity.