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Subject: Seminar "Pathways to a Career in Biosafety" - [In-Person] Oct 31st @

Dr. Amitabh Varshney, Dean of the College of Computer, Mathematical, and
Natural Sciences has partnered with ESSR’s Office of Research Safety to
celebrate the 9th anniversary of Biosafety and Biosecurity Month
[].  In recognition of this
event, we are happy to announce a seminar, Pathways to a Career in Biosafety
presented by Dr. Paul Meechan, former Director of the Environment, Health,
and Safety Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Pathways to a Career in Biosafety

Monday, October 31, 2022

1 pm to 2 pm

A. James Clark Lecture Hall

Room 1101

Most people in the biological research community have an idea about what
biosafety is but may not know how people enter the field. Join us and our
colleague, Dr. Paul Meechan, on Monday, October 31st at 1 pm in A. James
Clark Hall 1101 for an engaging seminar with refreshments and Halloween
snacks! Dr. Meechan is a former Director of the Environment, Health, and
Safety program at the CDC and past president of the American Biological
Safety Association (ABSA). Paul will talk about how to prepare for a career
in the field and the importance of biosafety professionals in fostering a
safe environment for researchers. Paul will also answer questions about the
profession and how you can leverage your research experience to move into a
rapidly expanding field. This is a wonderful opportunity for researchers and
students. We will be raffling off ten of our very own UMD Research Notebooks!
and several brand-new CDC 6th Edition of the NIH/CDC manuals, Biosafety in
Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories.

All are welcome to join on Monday, October 31 at 1:00 pm in A. James Clark
Hall, room 1101. Please send this to anyone you know who may be interested.
An RSVP with the number attending to [log in to unmask] is requested, but not
required. Looking forward to seeing you there!

About our speaker Meechan, Paul J. Ph.D., MPH, RBP, CBSP(ABSA) - Paul is
currently a biosafety consultant, providing guidance and training to a number
of academic and government institutions regarding safe containment practices.
Prior to retiring from the CDC in 2019, he was the Associate Director for
Laboratory Science in the Office of Laboratory Science and Safety (OLSS) and
had the responsibility for providing expert safety advice to leadership on
regulatory issues that face laboratories at the CDC and served as the liaison
between the OLSS and other EHS offices within CDC. During that time, he also
served as the CDC editor for the 6th edition of the NIH/CDC manual, Biosafety
in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories. Prior to that position, Paul
served as the Director of the Environment, Safety, and Health Compliance
Office (ESHCO) for CDC. Paul and his staff of 87 were responsible for the
health and safety of the employees, contractors, and visitors at the CDC, as
well as protecting the environment at and around CDC campuses. Prior to
joining the CDC, he served as the Corporate Biosafety Officer at Merck and
Co., Inc. from 2003 to 2010, and served as the Biosafety Officer at the Merck
facility at West Point, PA from 1996 to 2003. He has also been an Assistant
Professor in Biological Sciences at Northern Illinois University. Paul has an
undergraduate degree in Biology and Chemistry from SUNY College at Oswego,
New York (1977), a Ph.D. in Radiation Biology from the University of
Rochester (1983), and an MPH in Occupational Health and Safety Management
from Tulane University (2003). He also holds RBP and CBSP certifications from
ABSA. He has served two terms on the ABSA Council as Secretary and one term
as President, he has served as President of the Mid-Atlantic Biological
Safety Association (MABSA) and the Southeast Biological Safety Association
(SEBSA). He has been a member of numerous Federal taskforces and committees.

Contact Person: ESSR Biosafety
Contact Email: [log in to unmask]

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