Conversations LIVE

Infectious Diseases

Originally aired Thursday, October 9

This year, an estimated 14 million people worldwide will die from infectious diseases. On the next Conversations LIVE, Patty Satalia and guest experts will look at the return of preventable diseases—whooping cough, malaria, and tuberculosis. They’ll also talk about the rise in drug-resistant super-bugs and the evolution of new contagious outbreaks.

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Andrew F. Read

Andrew F. Read
Evan Pugh Professor of Biology and Entomology
Director, Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics

Andrew Read studies the ecology and evolution of infectious diseases. He has received international recognition for his research on how natural selection shapes the virulence of malaria and how the “unnatural” selection imposed by medicine shapes the evolution of disease-causing organisms, ultimately causing drugs to fail and even creating “super-bugs” that are resistant to pharmaceuticals.

Read earned a doctorate in evolutionary biology from the University of Oxford in 1989 and has been a member of the Penn State faculty since 2007. He is director of the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics, an affiliate of the Huck Institutes for the Life Sciences.

Jose A. Stoute, M.D.

Jose A. Stoute, M.D.

Dr. Jose Stoute is an infectious disease specialist with Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. He received his medical degree from University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and his residency with Emory University. He also completed a fellowship at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Dr. Stoute has been in practice for 29 years.

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Patty Satalia

Patty Satalia

During 30 years in broadcasting, Patty Satalia has worked as a news anchor, talk-show host, public affairs manager, and producer.

She has conducted more than 5,500 interviews for WPSU and has earned Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards for public affairs and entertainment programming.