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SLU Research Roundtable: Predicting and Responding to Outbreaks

The Saint Louis University Research Institute presents Research Roundtable, a new webinar series highlighting the transformative work happening at the University and with partners across the region.

Hosted in partnership with the SLU Geospatial Institute (GeoSLU), the first installment of the series, Predicting and Responding to Outbreaks, brought together an impressive panel of regional leaders to discuss and outline solutions to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as it unfolds in St. Louis.

Topics include: the role of geospatial science and technology in pandemic response, informing good public health practices and individual versus collective responsibility during a pandemic. The panelists also discuss their experience tracking and combating COVID-19 and how it can help formulate responses to future public health crises.

The panel is moderated by Robert Cardillo, former director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and Distinguished Geospatial Fellow at SLU.

Featured panelists include:
– Alex Garza, M.D., head of the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force and chief medical officer with SSM Health
– Jason Hall, co-founder and CEO of Arch to Park
– Enbal Shacham, Ph.D., professor of public health and associate director of GeoSLU, Saint Louis University
– Jared Shoultz, Esri Health and Human Services Technical Lead
– Christopher Tinson, Ph.D., associate professor of history and director, African American Studies, Saint Louis University

Founded in 1818, Saint Louis University is one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious Catholic institutions. Rooted in Jesuit values and its pioneering history as the first university west of the Mississippi River, SLU offers nearly 13,000 students a rigorous, transformative education of the whole person. At the core of the University’s diverse community of scholars is SLU’s service-focused mission, which challenges and prepares students to make the world a better, more just place.


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