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EPHD Director To Serve as Technical Advisor to Uzbekistan Scientists

Jennifer Orme-Zavaleta, Acting Director of NHEERL's Environmental Public Health Division (EPHD), will travel to Moscow, Russia, in late September 2009 to meet with Uzbekistan scientists for whom she serves as a technical advisor. Dr. Orme-Zavaleta will help finalize data analysis and manuscript preparation for a project on environmental factors that may be contributing to the resurgence of malaria in Central Asia. "The Effect of Environmental Conditions and Water Quality on the Populations of Malaria Vectors in Uzbekistan" will report on this project, which was initiated in November 2005 as part of a nonproliferation-biochemical redirect program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

The State Department's program to retrain former Soviet defense scientists is part of the International Science and Technology Center's (ISTC's) effort to promote the nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction technology. ISTC coordinates numerous governments, including the United States; international organizations; and private sector industries to provide weapons scientists from Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries with opportunities to redirect their talents to peaceful science. ISTC is central in the management of science partnerships and contributes to fundamental research, international programs, innovation, and commercialization by linking the demands of international markets with the exceptional pool of scientific talent available in Russian and CIS institutes.

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