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E-Seminars in This Series

E-Seminar 1
The Normal Environment: How Things Got This Way


E-Seminar 2
The Normal Environment: The Way Things Are Now


E-Seminar 3
Atmosphere: Stratospheric Problems


E-Seminar 4
Atmosphere: Problems at Ground Level


E-Seminar 5
Water: It's Not Just H2O


E-Seminar 7
Food: Land Use and Health Risks


 
Medical Ecology: Environmental Disturbance and Disease
E-Seminar 6, Waterborne Infections

Taught by: Dickson Despommier

Description
E-Seminar Description
In an age characterized by a rapidly changing environment in which emerging and reemerging diseases continue to confront us, how can we predict the next major threats to human health? Are we in fact aiding the spread of disease by destroying the barriers that keep us from it? In his seven-part series Medical Ecology: Environmental Disturbance and Disease, Dickson Despommier, Professor of Public Health and Microbiology at Columbia, illuminates the connections between the disruption of ecosystems and eruptions of human disease. In Waterborne Infections, the sixth seminar in the series, Professor Despommier examines both the pathogens that cause waterborne disease and the role that water plays in their transmission and proliferation. He looks at how human disturbance of the environment can seriously impact the spread of waterborne disease and the emergence of new, more-virulent diseases. Professor Despommier's engaging lecture is enhanced with interactive maps, data, and readings.

Minimal prior knowledge of science— including basic concepts of disease, viruses, and bacteria—is required for this course.

E-Seminar Length:3-5 hours
Start Date:Anytime
Credits:Not-for-Credit
Prerequisites:None
Moderator:None
Columbia Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni:FREE

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E-Seminar Objectives | Outline | Instructor's Background | Recommended Reading | Technical Requirements

E-Seminar Objectives
•    Understand and explain the infection cycle of both cholera and malaria.

•    Describe the role that the mosquito plays as a vector of disease.

•    Analyze the various effects that human disturbance of the environment has on the spread of waterborne disease and think critically about how these effects can be minimized.

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Outline
1. Pathogens and Vectors
2. Waterborne Pathogens
     Diarrheal Disease
     Cholera
     The Infection Cycle of Cholera
     Environmental Effects
3. The Mosquito Vector
     Malaria
     The Infection Cycle of Malaria
     West Nile Virus
     Environmental Effects
4. Emerging Diseases
5. Conclusion

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Instructor's Background

Instructor's Background
Dickson Despommier is Professor of Public Health and Microbiology at Columbia University. He earned his B.S. degree at Fairleigh Dickinson University, his M.S. degree in medical parasitology at Columbia University, and his Ph.D. in microbiology at the University of Notre Dame. He then spent three years as a guest investigator at Rockefeller University before joining the faculty at Columbia, where he has taught and conducted biomedical research over the past thirty years.

Despommier's research interests include molecular aspects of intracellular parasitism, river ecology, and more recently, medical aspects of ecology, which he has termed Medical Ecology. Despommier is author of over seventy peer-reviewed journal articles, three textbooks, and 13 review articles in books dealing with medical aspects of parasitism. He has been awarded the highest honor the Columbia health sciences faculty bestows, the Dean's Distinguished Medal for Outstanding Teaching, and has been elected teacher of the year numerous times, both at Columbia University, and at other Universities where he has been a visiting professor. In 2003, he was the recipient of the American Medical Student Association's (AMSA) National Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence.


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Recommended Reading
Despommier, Dickson D., et al. Parasitic Diseases. 4th ed. New York: Apple Tree, 2000.

Gracey, Michael, and Walker-Smith, John A., eds. Diarrheal Disease. Vevey, Switzerland: Nestl Nutrition Services; Philadelphia: Lippincott-Raven, 1997.

Jobin, William. Dams and Disease: Ecological Design and Health Impacts of Large Dams, Canals, and Irrigation Systems. London: Spon; New York: Routledge, 1999.

Spielman, Andrew, and Michael D'Antonio. Mosquito: A Natural History of Our Most Persistent and Deadly Foe. New York: Hyperion, 2001.

Yu, Victor L., ed. Antimicrobial Therapies and Vaccines: The Microbes. 2d ed. New York: Apple Tree, 2000.


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Technical Requirements
You will need to use a computer with Internet access to complete this course. We recommend the following minimum configurations:

IBM-COMPATIBLE PC
Windows 95, 98, 2000, XP, or NT
64 MB of RAM (128 recommended)
Monitor: 800x600 resolution recommended
Connection: Internet service and 56K modem minimum
Browser: Internet Explorer 4 or above (Internet Explorer 5 strongly recommended) or Netscape 4.7 or above
Sound Card (if you can hear audio you have a sound card)
Plug-ins: RealPlayer 7 or later; Flash Player 5 or later; Acrobat Reader 5 or later
(all plug-ins are free)

MACINTOSH
MAC OS 8.6 or higher
64 MB of RAM (128 recommended)
Monitor: 800x600 resolution recommended
Connection: Internet service and 56K modem minimum
Browser: Internet Explorer 5 or above or Netscape 4.7 or above
Sound Card (if you can hear audio you have a sound card)
Plug-ins: RealPlayer 7 or later; Flash Player 5 or later; Acrobat Reader 5 or later
(all plug-ins are free)

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