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Infectious diseases are emerging more frequently. There are many reasons for this, which are well-illustrated by SARS-CoV-1, MERS CoV, Zika, Ebola 2014-2016, and the current Ebola outbreak and COVID-19 pandemic. This webinar, hosted by the Alumnae Association and led by Dr. Elizabeth A. Talbot ’88, will explore lessons learned, lessons that need learning and some surprising ways to mitigate the impact of infectious diseases on the human race.

Dr. Elizabeth A. Talbot ’88  is an infectious diseases and tropical medicine trained internist, who has had extensive experience in international and domestic infectious disease control through outbreak investigation, clinical projects, research and consultation. She trained at Duke University and with the U.S. Epidemic Intelligence Service, during which she was stationed in Botswana, then the World Health Organization before joining Dartmouth College, where she is a professor of medicine in the Section of Infectious Diseases and International Health at the Geisel Medical School at Dartmouth. Since 2003, Dr. Talbot has been New Hampshire’s deputy state epidemiologist and is currently engaged in leadership for the state’s COVID-19 pandemic response. Her primary research interests are infectious disease diagnostics, especially for global tuberculosis control. She has published more than a hundred research projects, reviews and book chapters.

This event will be recorded. This event is being conducted over Zoom. As the host, Mount Holyoke College reserves the right to record this session and the event sponsors will give prior notification to event participants of any intention to do so. The recording feature for others is disabled so that no one else will be able to record this session through Zoom. At all times, no recording by any other means is permitted without prior written permission from the event sponsor or as an approved accommodation.

This event will include an oral and visual presentation about infectious diseases. For inquiries about the accessibility of this event or to request any accommodations, please email programs_team-g@mtholyoke.eduor call Danielle Lund at 413-538-2159. Please make accommodation requests ten business days prior to the event or sooner in order to allow for implementation time; however, in all situations, a good faith effort will be made to provide accommodations up until the time of the event.

This event is scheduled at 12 p.m. on October 26. To view in your timezone, you may wish to visit for a timezone converter:

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  • Pat Ascher
  • Jill Cunningham
  • Carol Guasti
  • Cara Lapenas

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