Southeastern to present public health specialist to discuss Ebola crisis Oct. 17

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
by: Rene Abadie  

HAMMOND – Physician and scientist John W. Whidden, an expert in incident management, chemical and bio-terrorism risk analysis and cooperative threat reduction, will present a free lecture at Southeastern Louisiana University regarding the Ebola crisis.

The Friday, Oct. 17, lecture at 11 a.m. in Meade Hall, room 112, is titled "Preventing U.S. Critical Infrastructure Collapse through Pandemic Ebola Risk Management Mitigation Measures." The presentation is open to the general public.

Now a consultant, Whidden is a graduate of Southeastern with bachelor's and master's degrees in biological sciences. He has served in senior U.S. Government positions on many national interagency projects, including Homeland Security, Public Health and U.N. Joint Defense. He is a former alumnus of the year for the College of Science and Technology.

Whidden's military experience includes 40 years in the U.S. Army Special Forces as a Green Beret Civil Affairs Officer. He has also served in senior U.S. government positions on many National Homeland Security and international U.N. joint defense projects. His awards include the Legion of Merit and a Bronze Star.

Additional information is available from the Department of Biological Sciences at 985-549-3740.


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