The Catholic University of America

Sept. 13, 2006

The School of Arts and Sciences Centennial Series

NIH Director to Speak on Biodefense, Threat of Pandemic Influenza

Dr. Anthony S. Fauci's Talk First Event in School of Arts and Sciences Centennial Series

Anthony S. Fauci, M.D.

The School of Arts and Sciences at The Catholic University of America will celebrate its 100th anniversary with a year-long series of events, beginning with a Sept. 22 lecture on the threat of Pandemic Influenza given by Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health. His talk will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 22, 2006, in the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center Great Room on campus, at 620 Michigan Ave. N.E. (directions:

As part of its annual graduate student research symposium, the School of Arts and Sciences' Department of Biology will host Dr. Fauci. His talk, titled "Biodefense and Pandemic Influenza: The Research and Public Health Interface," will address the efforts of NIH-supported research to identify and defend against microorganisms as bioterrorism agents. He also will provide a historical perspective for past influenza pandemics and discuss the NIH strategy for preparedness against future pandemic outbreaks, especially bird flu. The progress on U.S. influenza vaccine development will also be addressed.

As NIAID director, Dr. Fauci oversees research that ranges from the study of potential bioterrorism agents to prevention, diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases such as AIDS, influenza and malaria. He also serves as a key adviser to the White House on these global health issues.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information about "Biodefense and Pandemic Influenza," call 202-319-5600.

The Centennial Series will commemorate both the 100th anniversary of the School of Arts and Sciences (1906) and the 100th anniversary of the birth (in 1907) of Rev. Gilbert Hartke, founder of CUA's Department of Drama. The series will extend through the spring 2007 semester. Events will include performances of A.R. Gurney's "Love Letters," starring CUA alumna and "As The World Turns" cast member Colleen Zenk-Pinter (Nov. 10 to 12 in Callan Theater), and of "Will Shakespeare - LIVE" a performance by CUA alumnus and Broadway and TV veteran Joe Plummer (Feb. 9 to 11 in Callan Theater).

Both productions will benefit the Dean's Scholarship Endowment for the Department of Drama. Other events include receptions to celebrate the Corcoran Gallery of Art exhibition (Nov. 18 to Jan. 21) "Joan of Arc", co-curated by CUA Associate Professor of Art Nora Heimann, and the performance by CUA Associate Professor of Drama Gary Sloan of "Haunted Prince: The Ghosts of Edwin Booth" at the National Portrait Gallery (March 19 and the following four Mondays), as part of the citywide "Shakespeare in Washington" festival; and lectures by luminaries ranging from Sir Patrick Cormack, Member of the United Kingdom Parliament (March 13, 2007) to Nobel-Prize-winning physicist William Phillips (March 16, 2007).


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Media contact(s):
· Chris Harrison, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600,
· Katie Lee, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600,