Vernberg lecture to focus on Supercourse impact on health
Supercourse, an Internet repository of lectures on global health and disease prevention, is the subject of the 2009 Winona B. Vernberg Lecture at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 19, at the University of South Carolina.
Supercourse creator Dr. Ronald E. LaPorte will be the guest lecturer for the event, which will be held in the Gressette Room, located on the third floor of Harper College. The program is sponsored by the Arnold School of Public Health.
LaPorte is a professor of epidemiology and director of Telecommunications and Disease Monitoring in the WHO Collaborating Centre at the University of Pittsburgh. The Supercourse has a network of more than 65,000 scientists in 174 countries who are sharing, for free, a library of 3,712 lectures in 31 languages. The information is available in PowerPoint and HTML formats.
“Ron has championed the development, sharing and electronic delivery of education in global health, and he is one of those individuals who has clearly had an impact globally in the daily health of underserved countries,” said Dr. Tom Chandler, Arnold school dean.
The Vernberg lecture is named for Dr. Winona Vernberg, former dean of the university’s School of Public Health and a respected scholar. Her career at the university spanned 28 years, and she is widely credited as the driving force behind the school’s establishment.