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STEP Plans Bioterrorism Panel

A Science for All session entitled "Bioterrorism: Ready or Not?" will be presented by the staff training in extramural programs (STEP) committee on Tuesday, Mar. 23 from 9 a.m. to noon in Wilson Hall, Bldg. 1.

Dr. Donald A. Henderson, distinguished professor and director, Center for Civilian Biodefense Studies, School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, will present a broad overview and the scope of the bioterrorism problem.

Dr. Scott R. Lillibridge, director of bioterrorism preparedness and response, CDC, will describe CDC's perspective and role in combating bioterrorism.

Dr. James Meegan, acute viral infections program officer, Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, NIAID, will talk about NIH's perspective and role.

Ted Jarboe, program manager, Montgomery County Emergency Management, will discuss how local governments counter possible threats of bioterrorism.

Janyce N. Hedetniemi, director, NIH Office of Community Liaison, will describe how some members of the community perceived NIH as a target for terrorism and a threat to their community when the biosafety level 4 facility was renovated for research on multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis.

The session is free and open to all. No advance registration is necessary. Inform the STEP office at 435-2769 regarding any need for sign language interpretation or reasonable accommodation by Mar. 19.

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