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Photo share of the week: Tropical Medicine celebrates a long record of faculty achievements and an upcoming birthday
Pictured: Dr. Scott Halstead and JABSOM Tropical Medicine Alumna Dr. May Chu are surrounded by Tropical medicine faculty and students at a meeting in 2019.
Dr. Scott Halstead was the first chair of the Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology and Pharmacology at the University of Hawaii medical school. Soon, colleagues of the Department will gather on the U.S. mainland to help him celebrate his 90th birthday.
“Dr. Halstead is still very active in scholarly publications and at meetings about dengue fever,” Tropical Medicine Chair Dr. Vivek Nerurkar tells us. He shared this photo showing faculty members and students of the department with Dr. Halstead and Tropical Medicine alumna Dr. May Chu at the 2019 meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) in Maryland.
Dr. Chu is organizing the upcoming celebration for Dr. Halstead. She is a celebrated alumna of the John A. Burns School of Medicine’s (JABSOM) Tropical Medicine department, having served in the Obama White House as the Assistant Director for Public Health in the Office of Science and Technology Policy, where she was part of the president’s Ebola Task Force and led the national review of the Select Agent Program. Dr. Chu served 30 years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where she directed the diagnostic reference laboratory for bacterial zoonotic diseases and later as Director of the Laboratory Science Policy and Practice Program where she oversaw programs on policy management, regulatory compliance and specimen repository. At the World Health Organization, Chu joined the outbreak and response team in the International Health Regulations Department.
Also planning the Halstead birthday event, according to Nerurkar, is Dr. David Morens, former Professor at the former UH Manoa School of Public Health. Dr. Morens is currently a Senior Scientific Advisor to the Director of the National Institutes for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) of the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Tony Fauci.