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ASU Alum to Speak on Deadly Diseases

February 22, 2011

Angelo State University alumnus Dr. Darin Carroll and his wife, Dr. Serena Carroll, who both work at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) in Atlanta, will deliver a special guest lecture on Friday, Feb. 25, in the ASU Cavness Science Building, 2460 Dena Drive.

The Carrolls’ presentation will begin at noon Friday in the Boulware Lecture Hall, Room 100 of the Cavness Building, and is open free to the public. Their subject will be “Outbreak Investigations of Emerging Zoonotic Diseases.” Zoonotic diseases are those that can be transmitted from animals to humans.

“It has been claimed that microbes really control the world, and those who investigate the truly dangerous ones are on the frontlines of our efforts to survive them,” said Dr. Terry Maxwell, ASU biology professor. “We have the opportunity to see and hear of that effort by two specialists in the field.”

Darin Carroll earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology from ASU. He is the unit leader for Disease Ecology and the Poxvirus Program at the CDCP. Serena Carroll is a graduate of Texas Tech University, and works with viral special pathogens at the CDCP. Both have traveled extensively and worked with some of the world’s deadliest diseases, including Hantaviruses, Ebola, monkeypox, smallpox and Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever.

For more information, call the ASU Biology Department at 942-2189.