Prince William Campus - Hylton Center
Associate Professor, Recreation, Health, and Tourism
Monday, October 22, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
When strategically planned, tourism development can contribute to export expansion through heightened use of a destination’s attractions and services by non-residents; however, tourism should not be viewed as a sure bet or panacea. Not all communities have an equal likelihood of success, and the costs associated with tourism expansion can far outweigh the benefits. Unmanaged growth can result in misguided abuse of limited resources and lead to high collective costs. To maintain a competitive advantage, tourism managers and key stakeholders must protect the supply resource base while attending to the potentially competing demands of visitors, service providers, local governments and residents. Dr. Daniels will discuss her ongoing, collaborative research initiatives related to the National Mall and Memorial Parks and in the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area to highlight the factors that influence the effectiveness of tourism activity.
Associate Professor, Athletic Training
Monday, November 12, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Nationwide more than 1.5 million people suffer a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) each year costing an estimated $76.5 billion annually. Mild TBI or “concussion” accounts for a reported 75% of all TBIs with many of these injuries being suffered by children participating in youth and scholastic sport and recreational activities. The recent reports of sports related concussion in professional sport has garnered much media attention and increased concerns about the safety of youth and scholastic sport. Can we prevent concussion in youth and scholastic sport? Dr. Caswell will describe the changing landscape of sports concussion and discuss strategies to reduce the incidence and adverse consequences of this important public health issue facing children and their parents.
Identifying Altered Host Pathways in Emerging Viral Infections: Implications for Therapeutics and Diagnostics
Assistant Professor, Center for Biodefense
and Infectious Disease
Monday, April 29, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Rift Valley Fever Virus (RVFV) and Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis Virus (VEEV) are emerging infectious pathogens and biological threat agents. These two viruses are transmitted by mosquito and pose a significant health risk to humans, livestock, and equines. Importantly, there are no therapeutics available for treatment of either of these viral infections. RNA viruses such as RVFV and VEEV are highly dependent on host cell processes for replication. In particular, they use host protein networks for all aspects of their replication cycles including entry, transcription, replication, trafficking, morphogenesis, assembly and release. This presentation will focus on host signaling pathways that are altered in RVFV and VEEV infected cells with the goal of utilizing this knowledge for novel therapeutic and diagnostic applications.