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Living in a globalized world, public fears have been heightened by frightening news reports of deadly diseases such as Mad Cow disease and E. Coli. Smallpox was responsible for up to 500 million deaths in the 20th Century, and was the first demonstration of disease eradication through vaccination on a worldwide scale. Anne Marie Kimball (Risky Trade) will talk about the historical use of vaccinations to what has become a deep reliance on immunizations for control and eradication of disease in our world. While childhood immunization programs have brought reduced childhood mortality throughout the developing world, vaccinations have begun to carry a spectre of doubt in certain populations, and measles in particular has become a lightening rod for these concerns. Dr. Kimball is a physician and epidemiologist and has served as strategic advisor for the Rockefeller Foundation, technical and strategic lead for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and as Professor of Epidemiology for the University of Washington School of Public Health. She has extensive experience in domestic and international public health, researching global trade and emerging infections and HIV/AIDS.
Sunday, October 11, 2015, 4 pm
Vashon Allied Arts

Then in November explore Earthquakes.
Our next major earthquake might be a century from now or much sooner, as detailed in the frightening New Yorker article that has received sensational international press. The technology will exist soon to warn people seconds to minutes before the worst shaking. The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network is exploring the benefits and cost of such an earthquake early warning system, with the aim to get it working in the next few years. Professor John Vidale will review the earthquake and volcano hazards and the latest geoscience of the Pacific Northwest as he explains the next steps in our preparations for “the big ones”. Vidale is a Professor at the University of Washington, Director of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, and the Washington State Seismologist.  He has previously worked with the U.S. Geological Survey, and served as director of the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics at UCLA. His research focuses on earthquakes, volcanoes, Earth structure, and the hazards of strong shaking.
Sunday, November 9, 2015, 4 pm
Vashon Allied Arts