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International water quality expert to discuss disease outbreaks

LAWRENCE -- Gary Logsdon, an international expert in drinking-water quality, will visit the University of Kansas on Thursday, Nov. 4, to discuss recent outbreaks of cryptosporidiosis, giardiasis and E. coli and the factors that contribute to increased risk of transmitting pathogens in public drinking-water supplies.

Logsdon's lecture, "Avoiding Waterborne Disease Outbreaks by Understanding Prior Outbreaks," will be at 3 p.m. in the Spahr Engineering Classroom at Eaton Hall. The program, a part of the 2004 Kappe Lecture Series sponsored by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers, is free and open to the public.

Logsdon, who lives in Fairfield, Ohio, was a commissioned officer with the U.S. Public Health Service for 26 years. He later worked as a consulting engineer specializing in water filtration for Black & Veatch, Kansas City, Mo.

Logsdon has produced many scholarly articles and helped develop the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Surface Water Treatment Rule, which was enacted in 1989. He was at Carrollton, Ga., in February 1987 to assist the U.S. PHS Centers for Disease Control in dealing with the United States' first major waterborne outbreak of cryptosporidiosis involving a surface water filtration plant.

A reception sponsored by Black & Veatch will take place after the presentation. Logsdon's appearance in Lawrence is sponsored by the KU Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering; the Kansas Department of Health and Environment; the Kansas Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers; and the Kansas Section of the American Water Works Association.

For more information, go to http://www.aaee.net/newlook/kappe.htm or contact Stephen Randtke, professor of civil, environmental and architectural engineering at srandtke@ku.edu.


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