Global Health Student Advisory Committee Fall Updates

October 11, 2018

GHSAC Breakfast with Visiting Speaker Dr. Emmie de Wit

On October 2 GHSAC hosted Dr. Emmie de Wit, Staff Scientist, Disease Modeling and Transmission Section, Laboratory of Virology, Rocky Mountain Laboratories, NIAID, NIH, Hamilton, Montana, for breakfast with a group of interested students on the Danforth Campus.

Dr. de Wit shared her experiences working both in the Laboratory of Virology and in Monrovia, Liberia during the Ebola outbreak. She provided insights into a career as a scientist, and, from her perspective as a volunteer, how global health work functions during critical outbreak situations. It was inspiring to hear how she found meaning in her work through rotations confirming cases of Ebola in Liberia.

During the discussion, Dr. de Wit also highlighted the interdisciplinary nature of global health, commenting on how engineers were influential in constructing efficient and safe work environments at testing facilities.

GHSAC looks forward to connecting more students to visiting professionals with interesting global health perspectives.

Global Health Group Convenes to Learn More About Student Group Collaboration, 9/14

GHSAC held a meeting on September 14 with other Global Health student groups at Washington University in St. Louis to encourage collaboration and promotion of each other’s efforts and events to further enhance the Global Health community at Washington University.

Dr. Bill Powderly commenced the meeting with an introduction of GHSAC and the Global Health Center at the Institute of Public Health, emphasizing its mission to bring together Washington University students who are interested in promoting Global Health awareness and citizenry on campus. The President and Vice President of GHSAC, Aishwarya Nagar and Wei Lu, followed Dr. Powderly’s outlining of GHSAC’s goal as being the “hub” for promotion of Global Health events and programming. GHSAC’s Director of Communications, Mackenzie Robinson, further illustrated this goal by introducing ways in which GHSAC seeks to collaborate with other groups and promote events and programming.

Representatives from GlobeMed, WUSM Global Health and Medicine, Global Health at Brown (GH@B), Engineers Without Borders (EWB), Engineering World Health, Timmy Global Health, Global Brigades, and the WUSM Infectious Diseases Interest Group were represented at the meeting, representing four schools throughout Washington University. Going forward, groups have agreed to pursue collaboration with each other to hold further-reaching events, especially in partnership with GHSAC, as it is a university-wide committee. There will be a follow-up meeting in November.

If you are interested in attending or getting involved with GHSAC or Global Health at Washington University, please send an email to