Brenau alumna, professor and medical detective to give guest talk Jan. 9

1996 news report crediting CDC Team
News reports from 1996 credit the CDC team, which included Barr, with identifying tainted medicine as the cause of the Haitian child deaths.

Even first-year students remember the scary times of 2001,
when a string of poisonings raised the suspicion that terrorists were using 
anthrax as a new weapon.  Older semesters 
may recall the deplorable infant deaths in Haiti in 1996 and the scares about 
pesticides in soft drinks. 

One of the key medical detectives involved in the 
investigations is returning to Brenau to give a guest talk.  Dana Barr, Ph.D., is presenting a talk on
Wednesday, Jan. 9, titled “Epidemics – Spread the word, not the 
disease.”

 As a 1987 magna cum laude graduate of Brenau’s Women’s College and former 
research chemist at the federal Center for Disease Control, Barr brings with 
her a wealth of international experience and anecdotes.  She’s as much at home in Thailand, with a 
teaching record at Chiang Mai University, as she is in Europe.  She can operate a laboratory full of 
high-tech mass spectrometers to check for signs of prenatal substance abuse in 
newborns, or give a lecture on preventive health care to an audience from 
several continents. 

“I’m very proud to visit Brenau again and talk to the students,” Barr 
said.  “Many are interested in going into 
the sciences, but don’t know what’s involved. 
This is a chance to present to them a little of the exciting world of 
research that’s out there.”  

Your chance, 
in turn, is to hear Barr’s talk, free and open to the public, on Jan. 9 in Brenau’s Thurmond McRae Auditorium at 5 p.m. 

For more information contact Dr. Rudi Kiefer, Director of 
Sustainability, rkiefer@brenau.edu