School of Management Brings Bioterrorism, Technology Management Experts to Speak

Posted: October 21, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Bioscience Management Distinguished Speaker Series and the Hot Topics in Technology Management Seminar Series will begin next week with two prominent business leaders. Both presentations are free, although registration is necessary.

John J. McGowan, director of the Division of Extramural Activities at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, will present, “From SARS to Bioterror: National Research on Emerging Infectious Diseases and Biodefense,” on Monday, Oct. 25, at 7:15 p.m. in the Mason Hall Board Room on the Fairfax Campus.

McGowan will take a look at what infectious diseases are emerging and why they are emerging now; the significance of antibiotic resistance; some of the major bioterrorism disease threats; and the national research programs currently under way.

In the Technology Management series, USA Today senior technology writer Kevin Maney will discuss the founder of IBM, Thomas Watson, on Thursday, Oct. 28, at 7:15 p.m. in the Mason Hall Board Room. In his presentation, “Thomas Watson Sr. and IBM: Management Lessons For Today’s High Tech Businesses,” Maney will share insights from Watson’s colorful and controversial life, along with vivid stories that offer fresh lessons for today’s tech industry. Maney is the author of The Maverick and His Machine: Thomas Watson Sr. and the Making of IBM, which was published in 2003.

Each presentation will be preceded by a reception at 6:30 p.m. Reservations should be made for the Bioscience Management series by today. Contact Michele Hanson at 703-993-1974 or Reservations should be made for the Technology Management series by tomorrow, Oct. 22. Contact Clodagh Bassett at 703-993-1792 or For more information, visit the School of Management web site.

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