The Science & Society Distinguished Public Talks Series presents, "The Challenges of Public Health," a talk by Jessica Núñez de Ybarra on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 5 p.m. A meet and greet will also be held beginning at 4:30 p.m. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held in room C at the University of New Mexico Conference Center, located at 1634 University Blvd., NE. Plenty of free parking is available.

Núñez de Ybarra will discuss how public health works with the communities, the medical establishment and business to address health threats. The direction the field of public health is heading will be illustrated with lessons from the past as well as ongoing improvement including solicitation of community input and partnership. The importance of translating scientific results into policy that is communicated clearly to the public will be emphasized.

Núñez de Ybarra, who is board certified Public Health and General Preventive Medicine, is a public health medical officer in the Division of Communicable Disease Control in the Office of Workforce Development in the Department of Public Health for the State of California. She coordinates public health training and emergency preparedness activities and as the Division's liaison to the California Public Health Law Workgroup. Núñez de Ybarra previously served as a deputy public health officer and is currently a volunteer assistant clinical professor at the University of California Davis School of Medicine.

Science & Society Distinguished Public Talks are co-sponsored by the Albuquerque section of the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and its Life Members Affinity Group, Sigma Xi (the Scientific Research Society), the Department of Physics & Astronomy, the College of Arts & Sciences, the University Honors Program, and the Division of Continuing Education.

Media Contact: Steve Carr (505) 277-1821; e-mail: scarr@unm.edu