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Lecture Series Addresses the Complexities of the Fight Against Ebola

Lectures Scheduled for November 12, 19, and December 1

The Ebola virus, making headlines worldwide, has generated concern and debate on many issues, not only medical and clinical, but political, cultural, societal, and on media and communications. What started as a single event on November 5, “Ebola 2014: The Intersection Between Health, Culture and the Political Economy of an Epidemic,” has grown to a four-part series presented by Hofstra University’s Master of Public Health program and the Department of Biology to address the many questions and concerns people have.

All events are free and open to the public, but advance registration is suggested. To register, contact April Siderine at 516-463-5307 or For more information, visit The schedule includes:

“Biological, Clinical and Health System Challenges Associated with the Ebola Virus Disease”

Wednesday, November 12, 11:15 a.m.-12:40 p.m., 246 East Library Wing, Axinn Library, South Campus


  • David Hirschwerk, MD – attending physician, Division of Infectious Diseases, Associate Chair in the Department of Medicine, North Shore University Hospital-NSLIJ Health System
  • Carol St. Angelo, PhD – virologist, Department of Biology, Hofstra University
  • Javier Izquierdo, PhD – assistant professor, microbiologist, Department of Biology, Hofstra University
  • Veronica Lippencott, PhD – medical geographer, former adjunct assistant professor, Department of Global Studies and Geography, Hofstra University


“Ebola Overload: Managing Communication with Providers, Policymakers and the Public”

Wednesday, November 19, 11:15 a.m.-12:40 p.m., 246 East Library Wing, Axinn Library, South Campus


  • Michael J. Ferrandino, vice president, Security and Investigative Services, NuHealth
  • William J. McCabe JD, RN, medical ethics fellow, Division of Medical Ethics, Department of Medicine,North Shore-LIJ Health System
  • Tomeka M. Robinson, PhD, associate professor and director of forensics, Department of Rhetoric, Hofstra University


“Promise and Pitfalls of Disease Control Efforts: Local Health Officials Discuss the Case of Ebola”

Monday, December 1, 4:30-6 p.m., Hagedorn Hall Lobby, South Campus


  • Lawrence Eisenstein, MD, commissioner, Nassau County Department of Health, adjunct professor in the Master of Public Health and Master of Health Administration programs, Hofstra University
  • Gerard Giuliano, JD, general counsel, Nassau County Department of Health
  • Maureen Houck, DNP, FNP, APRN-BC, director, Health and Wellness Center, Hofstra University, adjunct professor, Bachelor of Science in Health Science, Department of Health Professions, Hofstra University

For more information regarding the event series, contact Corinne Kyriacou, Director of the Master of Public Health Program, School of Health Sciences and Human Services, at, or Russell Burke, Chair of the Department of Biology, Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, at

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