Interested in science? Want to learn more about the latest technology breakthroughs in normal English, minus the jargon? Then Café Scientifique Pittsburgh at Carnegie Science Center is the place to be!
Café Sci is THE place in Pittsburgh where anyone interested in science can get together at a scientific hub to discuss today's science issues with experts, and best of all... you can ask your own questions! After a brief talk by our monthly guest speaker, the evening is dedicated to a question-and-answer session. Plus, enjoy our pub-type atmosphere with food and drinks available for purchase.
Diana I. Ortiz, Ph.D.
Assistant Biology Professor
Join Westminster College assistant professor of biology Diana Ortiz as she discusses the question, “Why are we not winning the war against vector-borne diseases?”
Over the past few decades, the world has witnessed the emergence and resurging of numerous vector-borne diseases. Pathogens, such as Zika virus, dengue viruses, malaria, and Lyme borreliosis currently represent major threats to human and animal populations around the world. What factors affect the occurrence of these diseases? In her talk, Ortiz will bring to the forefront some of the most important societal and environmental changes that have directly affected the occurrence of vector-borne diseases. The recent worldwide emergence of Zika virus exemplifies how unpredictable and complex these diseases can be in a constantly changing world.
Ortiz has spent more than two decades working in academia, industry, and government in the areas of vector biology, virology, biodefense, and public health. She earned an undergraduate degree from the Universidad del Turabo (Puerto Rico) and an M.S. degree from Jackson State University, both in biology. In 1999, she earned a Ph.D. in environmental health/vector-borne diseases from the University of South Carolina School of Public Health.
Ortiz worked for the Center for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, where she focused her research on the epidemiology and ecology of Venezuelan equine encephalitis and dengue viruses. Her projects specifically focused on vector susceptibility, virus evolution and emergence, and vector ecology, with some of the projects located in Iquitos, Peru. After leaving UTMB, Dr. Ortiz worked as the assistant state public health entomologist for the state of Ohio and later as a research scientist in virology at the Battelle Memorial Institute, in Columbus, OH. She has served as an assistant professor of biology at Westminster College since 2014, where she maintains an active undergraduate research program in vector biology/ecology and emerging vector-borne diseases.
In partnership with the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh.
Time: Doors open at 6 pm, and the program is 7-9 pm.
Location: Carnegie Science Center
Cash bar: Open from 6-7:30 pm
NOTE: Register here to let us know you're coming, even if you don't plan to buy food.
Pre-made deli sandwiches and salads
Chips and cookies
Beer and wine