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Co-Sponsored with the Crossley Center for Public Opinion Research and the Office of Global Engagement.

Japan-US Alliance & the 2020 Election
Koji Murata
Dina Smeltz
Floyd Ciruli
Amb. Chris Hill

Monday March 2, 2020
SIE Complex - Room 1020- The Forum
University of Denver
2201 S. Gaylord St.
Denver, CO 80208

Free and open to the public, lunch provided.
Event in cooperation with the Consulate-General of Japan in Denver.
Register at:

  March 2, 2020 Event


The Future of Democracy, Free Trade and Alliances in the Trump Era

Diana Smeltz
Amb. Chris Hill
Sam Zhao
Floyd Ciruli

Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Doors Open/Reception: 4:45 pm
Program: 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Maglione Hall
Josef Korbel School of International Studies
Anna and John J. Sie International Relations Complex
University of Denver
2201 S. Gaylord St., 5th Floor Denver, CO


March 3, 2020 Event

Coronavirus PanelThe Coronavirus: China and International Communities
Dr. May C. Chu
Dr. Rachel Herlihy
RN Maggie McClean
Prof. Suisheng Zhao

Friday March 13, 2020
University of Denver
SIE Complex—5th floor—Maglione Hall
Josef Korbel School of International Studies
Anna and John J. Sie International Relations Complex
University of Denver
2201 S. Gaylord St., Denver, CO 80208

Dr. May C. Chu received her doctorate degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with specialties in Tropical Medicine and Medical Microbiology. Dr. Chu worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for 30 years (1986-2016).  She currently holds a Clinical Professor appointment at the Colorado School of Public Health.  Concurrently, she works as senior technical consultant for USAID and WHO. Dr. Chu has set up laboratories in Sierra Leone, Uganda and Madagascar for zoonotic disease studies (plague, Lassa, influenza) and has co-directed WHO Collaborating Centers for plague and tularemia working with endemic countries including Kazakhstan and China. Dr. Chu’s research background includes molecular epidemiology and pathogenesis in flaviviruses and bacterial zoonotic diseases (plague, tularemia). She served as WHO temporary advisor during the SARS epidemic in 2003. Later, Dr. Chu was seconded by CDC to the WHO (2004-2010) where she deployed for multiple outbreak responses (Lassa, Marburg, Ebola) and was responsible for the WHO laboratory alliances and the biosafety and biosecurity program.  Back at the CDC, she was Director of the Laboratory Science Policy and Practice Program (2010-2013) overseeing the agency’s programs on quality laboratory management, regulatory compliance, intellectual property office and the CDC specimen repository. Dr. Chu was assigned (2014-2015) to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy as the Assistant Director for Public Health where she was an integral part of the President’s Ebola Task Force and led the national review of the Select Agent Program (Bioterrorism).  As senior advisor (2016 to present) to the USAID Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact/Bureau of Global Health, Dr. Chu has been part of the Ebola innovations Grand Challenge as well as the Zika and Future Threats Grand Challenge.  Since 2016, Dr. Chu has been coordinating the work of the WHO Advisory Committee on Innovative Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) with the aim for a safer and more comfortable PPE for health workers in hot, humid climate.

Dr. Rachel Herlihy is a preventive medicine physician and the State Epidemiologist for the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment.  Her position resides in the Department’s Division of Disease Control and Public Health Response where she oversees the Division’s Communicable Disease Branch and serves as the Principal Investigator on CDC funded Emerging Infections Program and Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity grants.  She has been with the Department since 2011. Rachel earned her MD and BS in Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Wisconsin.  She completed an internal medicine internship at the University of Virginia and a preventive medicine residency at Johns Hopkins University.  Previously, Rachel was the Deputy State Epidemiologist for Utah, and the Deputy Director for the Department of Defense’s Infectious Diseases Clinical Research Program.

RN Maggie McClean has over 18 years in the nursing field in public health, women’s health, and medical-surgical nursing. She has worked with special populations such as people experiencing homelessness, uninsured and underinsured populations, in rural, suburban, and urban areas. She graduated with a Master’s Degree in Nursing from University of Colorado Denver and currently works at Denver Public Health in the Epidemiology, Disease Investigation, and Preparedness Department. As a Disease Investigation Nurse, she investigates and provides disease control for diseases reportable to the health department by law. This includes vaccine preventable disease, foodborne illness, outbreaks, and animal bites.

Free and open to the public. Lunch Provided.
Please register Wednesday March 11th



Tuesday May 26th
The CCUSC Sabel and
Lee-Stahlgren Award Dinner

CCUSC Award Dinner

The CCUSC Sabel and Lee-Stahlgren Award Dinner
Ed Benton, Margrit Benton and Mark Nelson
recipients of the 2020 Lee-Stahlgren U.S.-China Bridge Award

Dr. Hong Yu, recipient of the 2020 Sabel Award for Best Article in the Journal of Contemporary China

Keynote Speaker
Amb. Craig Allen
President of the US-China Business Council

Tuesday May 26th, 2020
SIE Complex—5th Floor—Maglione Hall
Check-in and Reception 5:30pm
Dinner 6:30pm
Program 7:30pm

Business Attire

Individual Tickets
$68.00 General Public
$38.00 DU Students, Staff and official DU Affiliates

All admission includes dinner and open bar
Register before May 15th at:

CCUSC Award Sponsorship levels


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