2019 JSEHS Schedule of Events

Schedule Highlights

Opening Ceremony Keynote Speaker

Dr. Andrea Dutton, Assistant Professor of Geology


Dr. Dutton is a carbonate geochemist and sedimentologist with interests in research questions pertaining to paleoclimate and paleoceanography. Her current focus is on sea level reconstruction over glacial-interglacial timescales with an emphasis on establishing the behavior of sea level and ice sheets during interglacial periods to better inform us about future sea-level rise.

Current Research Projects & Field Sites
Seychelles: Establishing far-field benchmarks for sea level during the last interglacial period

Bahamas: Exploring gradients in relative sea level to constrain continental ice sheet volume during glacial maxima

Italy: Rates and magnitudes of sea level and climate change into and out of the penultimate interglacial

Jamaica: Constraining rates and timing of sea level oscillations

Global: Data compilation of coral U-Th dates and elevation for the LIG period; Glacio-hydro-isostatic modeling of LIG sea levels

U-series Cyberinfrastructure: Developing online data archives and software to process and visualize data.

JSEHS 2019 Banquet Keynote Speaker

Dr. Glenn Morris, Director, Emerging Pathogens Institute & Professor of Medicine, Infectious Diseases

Dr. Glenn Morris became the director of the Emerging Pathogen Institute in August 2007. He was recruited from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, where he was a professor and chairman of the department of epidemiology and preventive medicine in the university’s school of medicine, as well as an interim dean of the school of public health. In addition to his position as EPI director, Dr. Morris is a professor of infectious diseases in the UF College of Medicine.

Morris has worked in public health and pathogen related fields for more than 30 years, and has had a continuing fascination with emerging pathogens. At EPI, Morris has helped to shape the creative vision behind a web of campus-wide projects to anticipate, understand and control the emergence of new, disease-causing microorganisms.

“Understanding why and how new pathogens emerge requires a multidisciplinary approach, with the ability to move from basic genetics to global public health,” Morris said. “My goal is to bring faculty together to build a strong interdisciplinary spirit and to play on each other’s strengths. If you put them all together in one room and close the door, it is amazing what can happen.”
Morris started his public health career at the Centers for Disease Control where he was an epidemic intelligence service officer and focused his attention upon cholera and other water- and food-borne illnesses. He has served on four National Academy of Sciences expert committees dealing with food safety, and in the mid-1990s he worked with the Food Safety Inspection Service in the U.S. Department of Agriculture on the first major revision of food safety regulations since 1906; he currently is a member of the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine.

Morris also plays a key role in linking EPI with collaborative partners in Florida, the broader U.S., and international agencies. “New diseases do not respect borders, “ Morris says. “To be able to predict when a disease will threaten Florida, one has to have a national and global perspective.” Under his leadership, and with funding from the World Health Organization, the Gates Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, EPI has developed collaborations with investigators in Africa, Asia, Europe (including portions of the former Soviet Union), and South and Central America.

Current research initiatives at EPI include work with vector-borne diseases (Zika, malaria, dengue, West Nile, equine encephalitis, citrus greening, tuberculosis, multi-antibiotic resistant bacteria [such as methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus or MRSA] and many others), and food safety and diarrheal infections (including cholera and E. coli O157:H7). Studies range from evolutionary genetics to the use of real-world data and bioinformatics to develop predictive mathematical models for disease transmission within populations.

Morris received his B.A. from Rice University in 1973, and both his M.D. and a master’s degree in public health and tropical medicine from Tulane University in 1977. He is board certified in both internal medicine and infectious diseases.

Tuesday January 29th 2019

Closing Keynote Speaker

Dr. Angela Lindner, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Affairs

Angela S. Lindner is an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Engineering in the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering. Dr. Lindner earned a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan, her MS in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University, and her BS in Chemistry from the College of Charleston.

Dr. Lindner served as Associate Dean of Student Affairs in UF’s College of Engineering from 2008-2015 and started her career at UF in 1998 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences. Prior to joining the faculty at UF, Dr. Lindner worked in industry at General Motors and for the federal government at the US Environmental Protection Agency. As Associate Dean in the College of Engineering, Dr. Lindner was responsible for oversight of the college admission and certification processes, developing and implementing effective academic advising and counseling for approximately 6,500 engineering students, administering undergraduate curricular and assessment programs, as well as K-12 outreach and undergraduate co-curricular programs to name a few. Her experience in student retention, diversity, enrollment, and experiential has provided a foundation for success in the Office of Undergraduate Affairs, where she began the role as Associate Provost in September 2015.

Dr. Lindner encourages a student-centered approach in her leadership at UF and firmly believes in the critical balance between curricular and co-curricular experiences to achieve a complete undergraduate education.

Detailed Schedule Coming Soon!