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Release: Dec. 3, 2001

Gilchrist to discuss bioterrorism at Dec.12 foreign relations council

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- National news reports have carried frightening stories about anthrax in the last few weeks, but the insidious disease is not the only biological threat to the world. Mary Gilchrist, director of the University of Iowa Hygienic Laboratory, will speak on, "Bioterrorism -- a New Reality" on Wednesday, Dec. 12 as part of the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council lecture series. The presentation is open to the public and begins at noon at the Rockwood Fellowship Hall, Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton Street, Iowa City.

As the threat of bioterrorism has more recently become a reality, Gilchrist's advice has been sought on public health implications at local, national and international levels. She is a diplomat of the American Board of Medical Microbiology and currently serves as president of the Association of Public Health Laboratories. Gilchrist is also a member of the Center for Disease Control's National Center for Infectious Diseases, Board of Scientific Counselors. Gilchrist holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in microbiology from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

Lunch will be provided and is $6 for members and $7 for non-members. The deadline to register for the event is noon Friday, Dec.7. Checks can be written to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council and mailed to ICFRC, 120 International Center, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802. Reservations cannot be made by phone but last minute adjustments may be made. For more information, call ICFRC Executive Director Tom Baldridge at (319) 335-0351.

For those unable to attend WSUI-AM (910) will carry this program on Friday, Dec.14, following the noon news. The event is co-sponsored by UI International Programs with additional support from Zenders and McDonald Optical Dispensary.

The Iowa City Foreign Relations Council is a non-profit association of community and university people interested in learning more about U.S. foreign policy, world affairs and current global issues impacting world societies. The group provides members with the opportunity to hear more than 35 experts per year who visit the UI campus and the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area.

ICFRC is part of International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean for International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.