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College’s Technology & Society Colloquia Series resumes Oct. 19

“Our Never-Ending Battle Against Infectious Diseases: The Winners, the Losers and Where We Go from Here” is the title of a program to be offered Wednesday, Oct. 19, as part of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Technology & Society Colloquia Series, presented in partnership with the Notre Dame Club of Greater Williamsport.

Jeff Schorey, the George B. Craig Jr. Collegiate Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame and a guest lecturer with the university’s Hesburgh Lecture Series, will share his expertise on the topic at 7 p.m. in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium on Penn College’s main campus. The program is free and open to the public.

Jeff SchoreySchorey will discuss the human immune system and how it functions to protect us from infections. He will also address tools that are being developed to combat new and existing human pathogens. Finally, he will consider how our problems with controlling infectious diseases stem in large part from human activities – as well as how modifications in our behaviors could have a significant effect in limiting future pandemics.

The Hesburgh Lecture Series – named in honor of the Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, the university’s longtime president, and featuring lectures mostly presented by tenured faculty – showcases the depth and breadth of Notre Dame’s academic expertise in research and teaching. The series furthers the mission of the university’s Alumni Association to provide meaningful continuing education opportunities to Notre Dame alumni and friends.

Schorey, who holds a doctorate from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, joined the Notre Dame faculty in 1998 after serving as a postdoctoral research fellow and instructor of medicine at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis.

Schorey also serves as director of the Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program of the College of Science at Notre Dame. His research focuses on mycobacterial pathogenesis, with primary focus on Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the causative agent of tuberculosis. He uses various immunological tools and animal models to dissect the host-pathogen interactions that determine the outcome of the infection.

His laboratory has used foundational research to develop new platforms for TB diagnostics and vaccines. He has published more than 70 peer-reviewed scientific papers and is the recipient of numerous federal and foundation research grants, as well as the Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching at Notre Dame.

The Technology & Society Colloquia Series at Penn College honors Daniel J. Doyle, professor emeritus and the college’s 1984 Veronica M. Muzic Master Teacher Award winner. It features presentations by noted authors and academics and challenges audiences to consider the impact of technology on our society.

Penn College is a national leader in applied technology education. For more, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

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