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March 18, 2003 -- No. 173

Media invited to bioterrorism preparedness briefing; leading experts to share perspectives

Monday (March 24), 10 a.m. to noon
Freedom Forum Conference Center
Carroll Hall (UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication)
UNC campus

Members of the media are invited to attend a briefing on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus, at which public health and medical experts will discuss North Carolinaís preparedness for a bioterrorism attack. Threats such as smallpox, anthrax and "dirty bombs" will figure prominently in the discussion.

Jan J. Yopp, associate dean of the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication, will give welcoming remarks. Joan Siefert Rose, general manager of WUNC-FM, will moderate the program. Speakers will give short presentations and then take questions. One-on-one interviews also will be available.

Those scheduled to speak are:

Dr. Christopher C. Baker, professor of surgery and associate chairman for surgical education at UNCís School of Medicine.

Dr. Mary Davis, program planner and evaluator for the N.C. Institute for Public Health, housed at UNCís School of Public Health.

Dr. Leah Devlin, state health director within the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

Dr. Bill Roper, dean of the UNC School of Public Health, former director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and former White House domestic policy adviser.

Dr. David Weber, medical director for UNC Hospitalsí departments of hospital epidemiology and occupational health, and environmental health and safety; professor of epidemiology for UNCís School of Public Health; and professor of medicine and pediatrics for UNCís School of Medicine.

Free, reserved parking will be available in the Swain visitor lot off Cameron Avenue. Please provide your name to the lot attendant. Members of the media with heavy equipment who need special arrangements should call broadcast manager Karen Moon at (919) 962-8595 or Deb Saine at (919) 962-8415. Registration is required and available online at or by calling (919) 966-7024.

The briefing is presented by UNCís schools of journalism and mass communication, public health and medicine, and UNC News Services. For more information, click on

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News Services contacts: Deb Saine, (919) 962-8415 (print) or Karen Moon, (919) 962-8595 (broadcast)