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Emory professor, former research chemist to speak at Brenau

GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- A professor of Environmental Health at Emory University will give a talk on epidemics on January 9 at Brenau's Thurmond McRae Auditorium.

Dana Boyd Barr, was previously a research chemist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Her talk, "Epidemics - Spread the Word, not the Disease," is January's Sense and Sustainability lecture. Barr is also a Brenau alum, according to David Morrison of Brenau.

"Dr. Barr is an excellent addition to the program," Brenau Professor Rudi Kiefer said. "She brings a wealth of international experience and anecdotes from a splendid career in public health. She can operate a laboratory full of high-tech mass spectrometers to check for signs of prenatal substance abuse in newborns, or give a lecture on preventative health care to an audience from several continents."

During her career, Barr taught at Chiang Mai University in Thailand and worked in Europe. She worked at the CDC where she was an active investigator for several cases, including the anthrax murders on 2001, poisoning of children in Haiti, and pesticides being reported in soft drinks.

Barr said she is proud to revisit Brenau and talk to students.

"Many are interested in going into the sciences, but they don't know what's involved. This is a chance to present to them a little information and what's going on out there," Barr said.

 

 

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