Since completing her Ph.D. in Infectious Diseases, Lydia has been working towards her DVM at the College of Veterinary Medicine with an emphasis in public/corporate and translational medicine. Her clinical research interests span vaccinology, biomarker and diagnostic development, infectious disease surveillance, and viral immunology. She is particularly interested in developing platforms that improve the efficacy of vaccines for animals and humans in order to impact the health of both species via reduced disease in one or both populations. Her long-term career goal is to use her training to help address the questions and challenges facing One Health due to emerging and zoonotic infectious diseases.
One Health is a multidisciplinary approach that recognizes the interconnection between people, animals, and their shared environment. The goal of this integrative effort is to attain optimal health for all species, as the health of each is inextricably connected to the others in the triad. There are many examples that show how the health of people is related to the health of animals and the environment. For instance, some infectious diseases can be shared between animals and people, these diseases are known as zoonotic diseases.
In April, the team put together and led by Dr. Anderson won the 1st place award and $1000 in the sustainable agriculture category at the first Animal Health Hackathon in Georgia. Her team, Chirp Alert, invented a mobile app-based screening test for five major poultry pathogens commonly seen in backyard chicken flocks. See: https://www.veterinarypracticenews.com/uga-hackathon-leads-to-pet-livestock-care-welfare-solutions/
We encourage all members who have been Active for a minimum of one year to nominate women who they feel will be contributing members of the Atlanta Chapter. Completed forms must be received by the Membership Committee no later than May 31, 2018.
All candidates must be sponsored by two (2) Active Members... Read more
ARCS spring retreat in New Orleans was a wonderful combination of good food, good fellowship and interesting science. Our focus was the effect of Hurricane Katrina on this historic city, its many issues involved with water, and the efforts to rebuild the man-made elements while protecting the ecology of the... Read more
The 2018 January meeting and luncheon was held at the Woodruff Arts Center. In addition to announcing this year's ARCS Light, there was a round table discussion and a guest speaker, Dr. Walter Curran, Executive Director of the Winship Cancer Center at Emory University.
The Atlanta Chapter of ARCS Foundation honored 53 outstanding young scientists with scholar awards totaling $385,000 at its annual Scholar Awards Luncheon Thursday, November 16th at the Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta. ARCS Foundation Atlanta provides scholar awards to outstanding students at Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Morehouse College, and University of Georgia.
On October 25, 2017, donors of Emory’s ARCS Scholars were welcomed to the Emory University campus by faculty and ARCS Scholars from The James T. Laney School of Graduate Studies. Jessica Petree, Ph.D Candidate in the Chemistry department, Dr. Todd Polly, Director of Chemistry, and Katie Busch, Assistant Dean of... Read more
The fall ARCS education program on October 19th wasn't just any trip to the zoo. Our group was treated to a behind the scenes tour that included special non-public areas. We had a guided tour of the kitchen where food is prepared for the animals. One of the best experiences... Read more
ARCS Atlanta members gathered at the home of Leslie and Skip Petter to celebrate our new members and kick off the 2017 - 2018 year. As always, Leslie and Skip were gracious hosts and everyone enjoyed catching up after the summer in their beautiful home and garden. A buffet dinner,... Read more
In honor of the Atlanta Chapter's Silver Anniversary, the chapter funded an additional scholar at each of our partner institutions. For the concluding event of this very special year, these four scholars were the speakers at our Annual Meeting in May held at the Piedmont Driving Club.
What a Celebration! 129 ARCS Atlanta members and guests were treated to a fabulous 25th Anniversary Jubilee Event on April 23 at the Piedmont Driving Club. After enjoying passed hors d’oeuvres and drinks at the bar, guests were wowed, upon entering the ballroom, by the fantastic floral décor so creatively... Read more
On Thursday, February 23rd, Morehouse College welcomed over 60 ARCS members and guests to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of ARCS Atlanta. The event was held in the Walter E. Massey Leadership Center on the Morehouse Campus. Dr. Juana Mendenhall, Assistant Professor in the Morehouse Department of Chemistry, provided a scientific... Read more