Bioterrorism expert to lecture at URI on Thursday, Oct. 31

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Bioterrorism expert to lecture at URI on
Thursday, Oct. 31

KINGSTON, R.I. — October 28, 2002 — An FBI counter terrorism expert will speak Thursday, Oct. 31 as part of the University of Rhode Island’s Forensic Science Partnership Seminar Series.

Ann Sarkos’ lecture, “Medical Aspects of Bioterrorism,” will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Pastore Hall, Room 124. It is free and open to the public.

Sarkos will present an overview of medical preparedness for a biological threat and the link between law enforcement and medicine. She will make the connection for medical professionals to law enforcement in the event that a medical mass casualty becomes a crime scene.

Sarkos will outline the federal state and local preparedness plan, give an overview of the Office of Homeland Security and resources for funding, training and equipment, and discuss biological and chemical terrorism potential in the future. Handouts will be available on current web sites related to bioterrorism, medical aspects of the topic and funding available for forensic nursing or academic programs.

Sarkos is a graduate of Northeastern University College of Nursing and the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She also holds an associate of science degree in law enforcement from Massassoit Community College. Sarkos’ career in nursing includes work at the U.S. Congress, Office of Attending Physician, Occupational Health; Bethesda Naval Hospital, Cardiology and Ambulatory Care Administration; George Washington University Hospital Neurosurgical Unit; Washington Hospital Center, Trauma and Cardiac Transplantation Units.
She is currently an employee of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Counter Terrorism Division.