Donald S. Burke, MD, will be the featured speaker at a GLOCAL Society Series lecture at 7 p.m., Monday, March 19 in the J. Irving Whalley Memorial Chapel on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Dean of the Graduate School of Public Health, Director of the Center for Vaccine Research, Associate Vice Chancellor for Global Health at the University of Pittsburgh, and first occupant of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center-Jonas Salk Chair in Global Health, Dr. Burke will discuss the timely and relevant subject of global health.
A Distinguished University Professor of Health Science and Policy, Dr. Burke received his BA from Western Reserve University and his MD from Harvard Medical School. He trained in medicine at Boston City and Massachusetts General Hospitals and in infectious diseases at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He holds fellowships with the American Epidemiological Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Academy of Microbiology.
In addition to being an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science, Dr. Burke's professional activities have included serving as President of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Ambassador for the Paul G. Rogers Society for Global Health Research, and member of Delta Omega Public Health Honorary Society. He has received the Sustaining Membership Award from the Association of Military Surgeons of the US, the Bailey K. Ashford Medal and Nathaniel A. Young Memorial Award of the American Committee on Arthropod-borne Viruses from the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and the Kimble Methodology Award from the Conference of Public Health Laboratorians.
Throughout his professional life he has studied prevention and control of infectious diseases of global concern, including HIV/AIDS, influenza, dengue, and emerging infectious diseases. He has lived six years in Thailand, worked extensively in Cameroon, and conducted field epidemiology and vaccine studies in numerous other developing countries. He has approached epidemic control using strategies “from the bench to the bush.” He now leads a trans-disciplinary team that develops computational models and simulations of epidemic infectious diseases and uses these simulations to evaluate prevention and control strategies.
Additional information is available at: www.pitt-johnstown.pitt.edu/31286/.
The GLOCAL Society Series, established in 2009, focuses on pressing global and local (GLOCAL) issues of our time. In a world where global and local are increasingly and sometimes vexingly intertwined, the GLOCAL Society Series brings focus on how the pressing global issues of our time are affecting our communities, as well as how the latter can leverage the positive aspects and mitigate the negative features of the processes of globalization. Past speakers in the GLOCAL Society Series have included representatives of the World Health Organization, the American Red Cross International Services, the Peace Corps, and the Honduras-based Project Global Village. The series addresses topics including, but not limited to:
• global economic conditions and international development,
• international conflict, violence, terrorism and intercultural strife,
• sustainability, global resources, energy and environmental governance,
• population, migration and international refugees,
• world religions,
• human rights and the protection of vulnerable persons,
• international trade,
• technology and globalization, and
• other international political and economic issues.
Celebrating its 85th anniversary this year, Pitt-Johnstown is located in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. The University offers a high-quality educational experience in a supportive living-learning environment designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by the Princeton Review as a “Best Northeastern College,” by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” and Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization" for 2011. Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.