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Oct. 27, 2004 Press Contact: Steve Koppes
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Nov. 10 panel discussion to focus on public health, security

Biodefense and chemical weapons experts will participate in a panel discussion on public health and security at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, in the Home Room at the University of Chicago’s International House, 1414 E. 59th Street. The event, which is free and open to the public, is the first in a three-part series examining the issue of biodefense, including bioterrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, from a multidisciplinary perspective.

The panel members will be Raymond Zilinskas of the Monterey Institute of International Studies in California, and Barry Kellman of the DePaul University College of Law.

Zilinskas is director of the Chemical and Biological Weapons Nonproliferation Program at the Monterey Institute and a consultant to the U.S. departments of State and Defense. His research focuses on achieving effective biological arms control, the proliferation potential of the former Soviet Union’s biological warfare program, and meeting the threat of bioterrorism through improved methods for risk assessment and vulnerability studies.

Kellman is co-director of the International Criminal Justice and Weapons Control Center at DePaul and a legal authority on the Chemical Weapons Convention. He also has served as an adviser to the U.S. departments of Defense and Energy on legal issues relating to weapons control.

This event is sponsored by the University of Chicago’s Great Lakes Regional Center of Excellence for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases Research, the Harris School of Public Policy Studies’ Center for Policy Practice and the International House Global Voices Program. For more information, contact Jason Gorczyca at (773) 702-5063, or Emily Wanderer at (773) 834-2869.
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