"Pandemics, Pathogens, and Prions," the opening talk in the Staerkel Planetarium's 2015-2016 "World of Science" lecture series, takes place Friday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m.
Speaker for event will be Julie Pryde, public health administrator with the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District. Admission is $1 at the door with Friends of the Staerkel Planetarium admitted free of charge.
Public health faces numerous challenges today, from local disease outbreaks such as mumps, shigella, and norovirus, to more unusual cases of cowpox, Legionella, and even the recent cases of bubonic plague. Some infectious diseases, such as Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and Ebola, are moving into our area due to climate change. Pryde will discuss these challenges and the controversy over vaccinations, in addition to future challenges brought on by antibiotic-resistant strains.
Pryde has a master's degree in social work from the University of Illinois and is completing a Master in Public Health degree from the University of Illinois Springfield. She has worked at CUPHD since 1995, first in HIV prevention and later as director of the Division of Infectious Disease Prevention and Management. In her current role, she oversees a staff of 125 with an $11 million budget. More information on Pryde is available at www.c-uphd.org/administrator.html