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Global Threats: What's Your Role in the Next Pandemic? - Nov 10, 2019

11/10/2019 12:00:00 AM Date: Sunday, November 10, 2019
Time: 1:00pm CST
Location: 103 VIDI (Veterinary Medicine 2)

The Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs, the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD), and the Global One Health Initiative invite all Texas A&M University graduate students to apply to participate in 2019 Student Simulation.

´╗┐´╗┐This half-day exercise, as part of the TOP Grant, is held in conjuction with the Scowcroft Institute’s annual Pandemic Policy Summit and will serve as the opening event.

This will be an experiential learning opportunity designed to bring graduate students together from various disciplines in order to respond to a simulated disease outbreak. The exercise will demonstrate the multidisciplinary efforts necessary to respond to such a global challenge and will provide students with the rare opportunity to collaborate with peers outside their colleges. They will learn to communicate across disciplines, breaking down silos to foster teamwork and collaboration.

The students will collaborate with some of the world’s leading pandemic experts to formulate a response plan to a disaster situation while using expertise from their respective fields to address human and animal health issues, environmental concerns, and threats to food and other resources. This event provides students interested in global health and pandemic issues with a valuable, hands-on, multi-disciplinary experience that will allow them to explore real-world applications of their field of study, interface with experts, and learn how their fields of study can be combined with others to solve complex issues.

Selected students will respond to the outbreak, identify the disease, and work with peers across disciplines to find the best response to minimize damages and loss of life. Student teams will be led by top practitioners and scholars in the field.

Students will be selected through an application and essay process. The simulation will take place Sunday, November 10th, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and serve as the starting event for the 5th Annual Pandemic Policy Summit. Some students will present their findings in a panel at the Summit on Tuesday, November 12th. The deadline for applications to be submitted is October 11th.

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