Special to the Journal
GAINESVILLE, Ga. – Dana Boyd Barr, professor of Environmental Health at Emory University and former research chemist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will present a talk entitled “Epidemics – Spread the Word, not the Disease” on Jan. 9 at 5 p.m., in Thurmond McRae Auditorium on Brenau University’s Gainesville campus.Barr, who is a Brenau University alumna, appears as part of an ongoing monthly lecture series called Sense and Sustainability.
“Dr. Barr is an excellent addition to the program,” said Brenau Professor Rudi Kiefer,who created the lecture series. “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 preventive health care to an audience from several continents.”
Barr’s experience includes teaching at Chiang Mai University in Thailand and work in Europe. At the CDC she was an active investigator in a number of high-profile cases, including the anthrax murders of 2001, poisonings of children in Haiti in the late 1990s, and reports of soft drinks contaminated with pesticides.
“I’m very proud to visit Brenau again and talk to the students,” said Barr, a 1987 graduate of Brenau Women’s College. “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 about what’s going on out there.”