Flint, Michigan water crisis investigator to resolve MTSU’s virtual Convocation – Murfreesboro Voice

18August 2020

Pediatrician, professor and public health supporter Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha went into the national spotlight five years earlier when her research study exposed the Flint, Michigan, water crisis– kids subjected to unsafe levels of lead in the city's water.

Hanna-Attisha, who composed “What the Eyes Don't See,” is the 2020 MTSU Summer Reading Program book author and guest speaker for Convocation, an unique occasion for new trainees to mark the official start of a new scholastic year. It will be held practically this year for the first time due to the fact that of the coronavirus pandemic.

Convocation is an annual rite of fall at MTSU, created to bring new students into the knowing community and to right away engage them in the knowing procedure, said Deb Sells, vice president of Student Affairs and vice provost for Enrollment and Academic Services.

Convocation can be viewed at 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, on True Blue TELEVISION and MTSU's Facebook and YouTube Channels.

“Convocation is constantly one of the most important occasions we have on school,” Sells said. “This year's Convocation will be a bit various than usual since we are going to be doing it online, to ensure we are keeping our trainees safe as we begin our new school year with the coronavirus still active in Rutherford County.”

Sells and MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee will share a few words for the new trainees, their households and others.

Following Hanna-Attisha's keynote address, she will take part in a question-and-answer session with MTSU's Beverly Keel, the dean of the College of Media and Entertainment. Audience members will offer much of the concerns.

Regarding Hanna-Attisha's book, Sells stated it has been well gotten.

“It's an especially timely book,” she stated. “Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha was one of the concept private investigators who brought that to the public's attention.”

“And offered today that we are enduring a pandemic of a different type, it's timely to be looking at and comprehending how medical and public health specialists take a look at a crisis that impacts a large swath of people and comprehend what their thinking is as they enter trying to comprehend and attend to the scope of a health crisis,” Sells included.

Sells said each of the academic departments will be hosting separate Zoom spaces or breakout sessions for their students.

“Students normally don't have the possibility to have that follow-up conversation in their academic significant,” she stated.

Hanna-Attisha is founder and director of the Michigan State University and Hurley Children's Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative, an ingenious and model public health program in Flint. She is associate professor of pediatrics and human advancement and a C.S. Mott endowed professor of public health at MSU, where she made her medical degree.

She has affirmed three times prior to the U.S. Congress, awarded the Freedom of Expression Courage Award by PEN America and named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People worldwide for her role in the Flint water crisis, and leading healing efforts.

MTSU will start its 2020-21 scholastic year on Monday, Aug. 24, with the very first day of fall 2020 classes. The semester will be a mix of remote-learning, online, in-person and hybrid courses, and classes will end Nov. 25. Masks will be needed in all indoor public settings.Source: murfreesborovoice.com

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