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September 11, 2020

Contact: Steve Hawkins
Oklahoma History Center, Oklahoma Historical Society
Office: 405-522-0754

Oklahoma History Center to Host Virtual Smithsonian Program “We Are All Connected: Saving Species and Preventing Pandemics”

OKLAHOMA CITY — On Friday, September 18, at noon, 18 Smithsonian Affiliates, in collaboration with researchers from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, will present “We Are All Connected: Saving Species and Preventing Pandemics,” a special online program. This hour-long webinar will feature a presentation from researchers in the Conservation Biology Institute’s Global Health Program, and will include the opportunity for audience members to submit questions in the chat. As a Smithsonian Affiliate, the Oklahoma History Center will serve as a host to the general public for this presentation. To register for this free program, visit www.okhistory.org/connected2020. For additional information, contact Torie Taylor at 405-522-0793 or ttaylor@okhistory.org.

Our current global health crisis has highlighted the ways in which the health of humans, animals and the environment are inextricably linked—a concept central to the work of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s Global Health Program. The featured speaker, Dr. Maureen Kamau, is a Smithsonian veterinary research fellow with the Global Health Program and is based at the Mpala Research Center in Laikipia, Kenya. Through her fellowship, she participates in clinical care of Kenya’s native wildlife and conducts various research projects in wildlife population health and conservation. Kamau will share her experiences following this unique career path.

The Oklahoma History Center is a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society and is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, National Archives and is an accredited member of the American Alliance of Museums. The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma and its people. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications the OHS chronicles the rich history of Oklahoma. For more information about the OHS, please visit www.okhistory.org.


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