The American Society for Microbiology (ASM), the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library, Edinburg and Dr. Ugochukwu Anieto, an Instructional Assistant Professor of Biology with Texas A&M University, McAllen Higher Education Center invite the general public to a poster exhibition titled “Outbreak, Epidemics in a Connected World”. The exhibition would run from October 1st to October 31st of 2018 at the Library.

This poster exhibition is being supported by the Smithsonian Institution and is aimed to convey important information with respect to diseases outbreak and ways to control outbreaks in every community. As the world continues to become globalized, leading to the rapid movement of people across the globe in a short period of time, the need to tackle outbreaks has never been more urgent. The Rio Grande Valley is currently grappling with issues of diseases outbreak bordering on sexually transmitted infections (STIs) mostly common in the age range of 15-24 years of age.

This exhibition would be presented in English and Spanish, as to reach out to every demographic within our community. It is hoped that this informal method of educating the public, would in no small measure be a catalyst in the control of infectious diseases and would serve to awaken the community on the importance of diseases control. Furthermore, students and aspiring scholars in our community, would use this exhibition as a Launchpad in their pursuit of higher academic interests and eventually become notable voices in the control of diseases outbreak in our community and in the entire United States.

As part of this educational venture the Library will be showing Contagion; a film that documents the spread of a virus and the attempts by the medical community to identify and contain the disease. The movie will be shown on Sunday, October 14, starting at 2 p.m. Refreshments will be provided while supplies last.

For more information on this event, contact us at 956-383-6246 or you may visit us at 1906 S. Closner Blvd.