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“We Are All Connected: Saving Species and Preventing Pandemics” program (virtual)
September 18, 12 p.m.–1 p.m.
Join the Oklahoma History Center on Friday, September 18, 2020, at noon, for “We Are All Connected: Saving Species and Preventing Pandemics.” Eighteen Smithsonian Affiliates, in collaboration with researchers from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, will present this special online program. This hour-long program will feature a presentation from researchers in the Global Health Program and will include the opportunity for audience participants to submit questions in the chat. The event will be a simultaneous broadcast to Smithsonian Affiliate partners across the US.
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. 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 the clinical care of Kenya’s native wildlife and conducts various research projects in wildlife population health and conservation. Dr. Kamau will share her experiences following this unique career path, how her research in Kenya relates to current concerns around infectious disease and pandemics, and how her study has been instrumental in working to save the Eastern Black Rhino.