Dr. Mary Haskins is a Professor of Biology at Rockhurst University where she teaches General Biology, Invertebrate Zoology, Ecology, graduate courses in Science Education, and
Parasitology. Her areas of expertise include spiders, insects, and parasites. Her training includes over 50 hours of laboratory work at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, GA.
The presentation will explore
examples of how “development” and cultural practices promote the spread of parasites. Most importantly, specific methods of reducing the risk for parasitic infection, both in the United States and abroad, will be provided.
A variety of protozoan and non-protozoan parasites will be presented including:
Cryptosporidium (responsible for the recent closing of many swimming pools)
Giardia (the reason why drinking untreated water is risky)
Plasmodium (the protozoan responsible for malaria)
Taenia and Trichinella (the
two main reasons you should never eat undercooked pork)
Toxoplasmosis (a “potential excuse” for bad driving and risky behavior)
Dicrocoelium ( the parasite that controls the brain and one’s behavior)
Naegleria (usually fatal within 6 days unless both you and your doctor are very proactive)
Anasakis (how chewing slowly may reduce your risk of infection)
Cole Morgan [address removed] [masked]