CDC’s preparedness chief named acting director

first_imgJan 27, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Richard E. Besser, MD, who formerly directed terrorism preparedness and emergency response at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), was named last week as the agency’s acting director.Besser replaces Julie L. Gerberding, MD, MPH, who had led the agency since July 2002 and stepped down as President Barack Obama took office last week.Besser took the helm of the agency Jan 22, according to a brief notice on the CDC Web site. He had been director of the CDC Coordinatng Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response since August 29, 2005, according to Glen Nowak, CDC media relations director.”He started 2 hours before Hurricane Katrina hit,” Nowak said.Nowak said Besser was appointed acting CDC director by Charles Johnson, acting secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Former Sen. Tom Daschle has been nominated as HHS secretary but has not yet been confirmed.A pediatrician by training, Besser, 49, started his CDC career in the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) in 1991, working on foodborne diseases, Nowak said.Besser served as an associate professor of pediatrics and director of the pediatrics residency program at the University of California, San Diego, from 1993 to 1998, according to the 2000 EIS directory.He later returned to the CDC and served as epidemiology section chief in the Respiratory Diseases Branch, acting chief of the Meningitis and Special Pathogens Branch in the National Center for Infectious Diseases, and as medical director of a CDC campaign to promote appropriate antibiotic use in the community.He received a bachelor’s degree in economics at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., and earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He completed a residency and chief residency in pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore, the CDC said.Besser has authored and co-authored more than 100 presentations, abstracts, book chapters, editorials, and other publications and has received many awards for his work in public health and his volunteer service, according to the CDC.Gerberding had led the CDC since Jul 3, 2002, when she was appointed by then-HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson. Previously she had served as part of a four-member CDC interim leadership team, which had functioned for about 3 months following the resignation of former CDC Director Dr. Jeffrey P. Koplan in March 2002.Gerberding’s CDC leadership began less than a year after the anthrax attacks in the fall of 2001 put bioterrorism high on the CDC’s agenda. Some major events during her tenure included increased federal spending for state and local public health preparedness, the campaign to vaccinate many frontline health workers against smallpox in 2003, the SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and monkeypox outbreaks of the same year, a major CDC reorganization launched in 2004, and a growing focus on pandemic influenza preparedness in response to the spread of H5N1 avian influenza starting in 2004.See also: May 14, 2004, CIDRAP News story on CDC reorganizationhttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/bt/bioprep/news/may1404cdc.htmlJul 3, 2002, CIDRAP News story on appointment of Julie Gerberdinghttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/bt/bioprep/news/gerberding.htmllast_img read more

Chelsea star Willian waiting to see if Arsenal or Tottenham qualify for Champions League to make transfer decision

first_img Coral BarryThursday 12 Mar 2020 9:16 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link789Shares Advertisement Advertisement Arsenal and Tottenham are tracking Willian (Picture: Getty)Manchester United currently occupy fifth spot with 45 points and Chelsea are in fourth on 48 points. Willian is keen to continue playing Champions League football and wants to stay in London for family reasons.Jose Mourinho remains a big fan of Willian having coached him at Chelsea and Tottenham were on the verge of signing the attacker in 2013 before their local rivals famously swooped at the final moment.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityIt is unclear if Mikel Arteta is actually keen on Willian, but the technical director Edu and club chief Raul Sanllehi is on excellent terms with the player’s team.The Arsenal board have discussed the deal and are believed to be the ones pushing for the possible switch.Arteta is keen to focus Arsenal’s transfer funds on long-term talents and Willian will turn 32 in August.Willian reportedly asked Chelsea for a three-year deal, but was told only a two-year contract was on offer.MORE: Nottingham Forest and Olympiacos players get all-clear after coronavirus tests to ease Arsenal fearsMORE: Aymeric Laporte backs Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta to ‘achieve great things’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Willian is set to leave Chelsea (Picture: Getty)Willian will make a decision on his future once the Premier League season is over, according to reports.The Chelsea forward is a free agent this summer and is not expected to sign a new deal with the Blues.Arsenal and Tottenham are keen to snap up the Brazilian, but Willian has decided to bide his time before making a call on where he wants to play next season.The Daily Star claim Willian wants to wait and see if Arsenal orTottenham can qualify for the Champions League.ADVERTISEMENTArsenal sit in ninth in the league table on 40 points, while Tottenham are one place above the Gunners and a point better off.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe London clubs will have to make up ground to nab a spot in next season’s Champions League, although there could be an extra spot available if Manchester City’s ban from the competition is upheld. Chelsea star Willian waiting to see if Arsenal or Tottenham qualify for Champions League to make transfer decisionlast_img read more

Women’s basketball squeaks by Utah at home

first_imgIt was a low-scoring first quarter, as Minyon Moore scored the first points of the contest on a layup with six minutes remaining in the period. The Trojan defense swarmed the Utes, causing 10 turnovers in the first quarter.  USC finished the season 17-12 and 7-11 in the Pac-12. The conference tournament begins Thursday in Las Vegas. Both teams continued to struggle offensively in the second quarter, combining for 2-for-25 from the field until a three from graduate student guard Sarah Porter put the Utes up 22-18. Mazyck walked off the court with a leg injury before the last possession of the half and did not return. A Minyon Moore layup at the buzzer made the score 26-23 Utah at the half.  The Trojan women’s basketball team ended the regular season on a high note with two weekend victories. The first came in an 84-77 victory over Colorado at Galen Center Friday night, followed by an 83-77 overtime win against Utah.  Colorado started off hot, taking a 12-6 lead in the first five minutes of regulation. Sophomore guard Mya Hollingshed scored 10 of the first 12 points for Colorado. Scoring from guards junior Minyon Moore and senior Aliyah Mazyck matched the Buffaloes’ run early, and a 3-pointer from junior forward Ja’Tavia Tapley tied the game at 12. At the end of the quarter, the score was 21-17 Colorado.  The teams traded blows to start the overtime period. With just over two minutes remaining, Minyon Moore picked up her fifth personal foul, ending her night.  Overbeck and Caldwell contributed perfect trips to the line, and the Trojan defense got two straight stops, putting USC up 81-77 with 16 seconds left. Caldwell’s last trip to the line secured the victory for USC. Redshirt freshman guard Shalexxus Aaron’s fifth three of the night put the Trojans up 3 but was quickly answered by a three from Utah senior forward Megan Huff at the top of the key to tie the game at 77 with one minute to go.  Junior forward Kayla Overbeck returned from a first-quarter leg injury to add 6 points in the second half, as the Trojans extended their lead to 12. After a quick 5-1 run, Colorado senior guard Alexis Robinson hit a 3-pointer to bring the Trojan lead down to single-digits.  The Moore sisters combined for 43 points, while Aaron added 17, including five 3-pointers.  The game opened up in the second half, as evidenced by USC’s 23 points in the fourth quarter, matching its first half output. In the last minute of regulation, the score was 62-58 Utah.  With .06 seconds left in the half, Moore inbounded to Mazyck, who tipped in a last second buzzer-beater to bring the lead to 39-30 by the half. USC finished the half on a 10-0 run.  “To be down by [4] with 50 seconds to go in the game, the team didn’t quit,” head coach Mark Trakh said. “The kids showed huge heart.”  However, the Trojans wouldn’t quit, as a quick step-back three from Mariya Moore and two free throws from Minyon Moore brought their deficit down to two. Utah went 1-for-2 from the line after being intentionally fouled and Mariya Moore hit another 3-pointer to make the score 67-66 Utah. USC held its lead for the entirety of the fourth quarter, and a quick run from the Buffaloes in the last minute was not enough to take the win from the Trojans. Senior Mariya Moore was an integral part of the Trojans’ victory over Utah Sunday. Her 25 points led the team, and her 3-pointer with 6 seconds left in regulation helped USC reach overtime. (Sinead Chang/Daily Trojan) “I know in overtime my legs were shaking,” Mariya Moore said, “So for [Desiree] to come in clutch like that was great.” Mazyck finished with a game-high 30 points on 10-of-16 shooting, hitting 5-of-6 shots from beyond the arc. The Trojans forced 15 turnovers, which they converted into 27 points.  USC finished the regular season Sunday at home against Utah with a thrilling 83-77 overtime victory. Mazyck, Mariya Moore and forwards Cheyanne Wallace and Marguerite Effa were honored on Senior Day in their last home game as Trojans.  Utah senior guard Erika Bean stepped to the line and made the front end of a one-and-one, but missed the second. In the ensuing scrum for the rebound, USC freshman guard Desiree Caldwell was fouled. On the other end of the floor, she hit two clutch free throws that tied the game 68-68, and the game went to overtime. “We’re the underdogs,” Mariya Moore said of the tournament. “But honestly, I love being the underdogs more. You surprise people. We’re excited, and we’re not ready for the season to be over.”last_img read more