Evenings at Whitney Begins September 8

Evenings at Whitney Begins September 8

Published: Tuesday, August 16, 2022

The University of Florida Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience is excited to announce the return of the Evenings at Whitney Lecture Series in fall 2022. The first lecture of the fall series, hosted by the Whitney Laboratory, will be Thursday, September 8, 2022, at 7 p.m. with the program titled “The Evolution of the COVID-19 Pandemic”. Michael Lauzardo, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Deputy Director of Emerging Pathogens Institute at the University of Florida and Cindy Prins, PhD, Clinical Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Florida, will be the speakers.

This free lecture will be presented in person at the UF Whitney Laboratory Lohman Auditorium, 9505 Ocean Shore Boulevard, in St. Augustine. Those interested also have the option of registering to watch via Zoom live the night of the lecture.

Register to watch online: https://ufl.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0HJk-X91T_mUoJaqei9TAA

The COVID-19 pandemic response required both targeted and nuanced approaches to prevent the spread of the virus at colleges and universities. Serving the needs of our communities outside of the university was a critical aspect of any public health response. Learn about the University of Florida response to COVID-19, including how the response evolved with the pandemic and the lessons learned for future public health emergencies. 

Michael Lauzardo, MD, MSc, is a pulmonary physician who is an experienced public health practitioner trained in pulmonary medicine and epidemiology. For the last twenty-five years has worked directly with state and local health departments throughout Florida and the United States. For the last eighteen years he has been the Director of one of four US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tuberculosis Centers of Excellence. Dr. Lauzardo directed UF Health’s Screen, Test, & Protect, the University of Florida’s program to control COVID on campus and the communities served by UF Health.

Cindy Prins, PHD, MPH, CIC, CPH, is the assistant dean for educational affairs and a clinical associate professor of Epidemiology in the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions. During the current COVID-19 pandemic she served as the campus Infection Preventionist with the UF Screen, Test and Protect program. Dr. Prins received her PhD in Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology from Penn State University in 2000, where she studied replication of JC virus. She completed her post-doctoral training at the University of Florida, focusing on regulation of vaccinia virus transcription elongation. Concurrently, she earned her MPH in the Epidemiology concentration from the College of Public Health and Health Professions at UF in the fall of 2006. After this she worked in Infection Prevention and Control at UF Health Shands Hospital before becoming a faculty member in Epidemiology at UF in 2010.