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Departmental Seminars

Spring Semester 2019

Monday, January 14, 2019
12:00 - 12:50 pm in RITA 103
Michael Schmidt, MUSC

Infection Control - Spreading Awareness - Not Germs

How Copper Surfaces continuously foster patient safety by controlling microbial burden within clinical environments

National health-service providers, private health insurers, and healthcare practitioners have each called for increased practices that foster patient safety. Healthcare associated infections (HAI) represent one of the most significant risks to patient safety, occurring at an alarmingly high rate of 1 per 25 hospitalizations in the US. Collectively HAIs add ~150 billion dollars to the annual cost of healthcare.  Here we will introduce data that support components fabricated from solid copper alloys have an ability to continuously control the concentration of microbes in situ at levels recommended subsequent to terminal cleaning (<250 cfu/100cm2). In a number of clinical trials, limited placement of copper surfaces has been shown to mitigate the rate of HAI acquisition through a reduction to environmental burden. In the seminal study, conducted at three hospitals, the HAI rate was significantly reduced in rooms with copper surfaces (11.8 to 4.8 per 1,000 patient days (p= 0.013)). Collectively these data advance a conclusion that an application of copper touch surfaces throughout healthcare can enhance infection control efforts augmenting patient safety.

Monday, January 28, 2019
12:00 - 12:50 pm in RITA 103
Qamar Schuyler, CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere

Marine life and governance in the Plasticene Era 

Marine debris is among the most pressing environmental concerns of the 21st century. An estimated 4-12 million tons of debris enters the ocean annually, and nearly 700 species of animals are recorded to have interacted with this debris. I will outline what we know about debris and what still remains unknown, and describe my research into the impacts of debris on sea turtles and sea birds at both local and global scales.

Monday, February 4, 2019, 12:00 - 12:50 pm, Jim Spotila, Drexel University
Monday February 11, 2019, 12:00 - 12:50 pm, Koko Chen, University of Florida
Monday, February 25, 2019, 12:00 - 12:50 pm, Jennifer Grier, USC School of Medicine, Greenville, SC
Monday, March 11, 2019, 12:00 - 12:50 pm, Mark Lazzaro, College of Charleston
Monday, March 25, 2019, 12:00 - 12:50 pm, Matt Rutter and Gorka Sanco, College of Charleston
Monday, April 1, 2019, 12:00 - 12:50 pm, Nick Gotelli, University of Vermont
Monday, April 8, 2019, 12:00 - 12:50 pm, Fadi Issa, Eastern Carolina University
Monday, April 15, 2019, 12:00 - 12:50 pm, Andrew Shedlock, Grice Marine Lab, College of Charleston




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