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Teen Science Café: One Health—How the Health of Humans, Animals and Environments are ALL Connected

Monday, April 26, 2021 @ 5:30 PM-7:30 PM


Academy of Science – Zoom, St. Louis, MO United States

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Space is limited. FREE and OPEN to all middle and high school students in grades 6-12! Scroll down for registration form below. Pre-registration for Junior Academy of Science members ONLY through Wednesday, April 21. General registration for all opens Thursday, April 22. Deadline to register is Monday, April 26, 4p.m., CST. Look for Cafe login information in your email confirmation.

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PLEASE NOTE: A separate liability waiver must also be completed by a parent/guardian for each attending teen. (Click orange button in registration form below to complete and sign required waiver.)


NOTE: Please plan to log into Zoom at 5:20 p.m., CST, 10 minutes before the Cafe start time! You will be placed in a Waiting Room before being allowed access to the Cafe.

5:30 pm – 5:40 pm: Cafe Orientation and Icebreaker
5:40 pm – 6:15 pm: Featured Cafe Speakers Presentations
6:15 pm – 7:30 pm: Interactive Virtual Activity | Q & A and Cafe Wrap-Up


One Health is an interdisciplinary approach to preserving the health of our planet. It recognizes that the health of people is closely connected to the health of animals and our shared environment. At the Saint Louis Zoo’s Institute for Conservation Medicine (ICM), veterinary epidemiologist, Dr. Sharon Deem, has been collaborating with her Zoo colleagues and people from across the globe to tackle some of the planetary health challenges of the 21st century thru One Health’s solutions-based, interconnected, and transdisciplinary lens.

In this informative and hands-on Science Café for Teens, Dr. Deem and Conservation Education Liaison, Keri Lammering, share their work with the Zoo’s Institute for Conservation Medicine (ICM), telling the story of Dr. Deem’s personal and professional journey into wildlife veterinary epidemiology and providing an overview of the growing One Health movement, centered on real-world conservation and human public health programs led by the Zoo’s ICM. You’ll take part in an interactive role-play exploration of the Institute’s project on camel health and human food security in Kenya, East Africa, (where camels are rapidly becoming the “new cow” due to their ability to thrive in drought conditions and still produce plentiful, nutritious milk). Making sure these camels are healthy has key implications for better public health policies, ensuring healthy food for people, minimizing disease exposure between camels and Kenya’s rich and diverse wildlife, and lessening the use of wildlife as a source of protein for people in the region.


Sharon L. Deem, DVM, PhD, Dipl ACZM, Director, Institute for Conservation Medicine; Director, WildCare Institute Center for Chelonian Conservation, Saint Louis Zoo; Academy of Science – St. Louis Fellow; 2017 recipient, Academy of Science – St. Louis Outstanding St. Louis Scientist Trustees Award; and co-author, Introduction to One Health: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Planetary Health


Keri Lammering, Conservation Education Liaison, Institute for Conservation Medicine, Saint Louis Zoo


Sharon Deem, DVM, PhD, Dipl ACZM
Dr. Deem is a leader in conservation medicine/One Health. She holds a DVM from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and a Ph.D. in veterinary epidemiology from the University of Florida. She completed a 3-year Zoo and Wildlife Medicine Residency at the University of Florida, becoming board-certified in the American College of Zoological Medicine following her residency. During her veterinary career she has been fortunate to work as a private practitioner, zoo vet, wildlife veterinarian and epidemiologist. Sharon has worked for the Wildlife Conservation Society, Smithsonian National Zoo, and the Saint Louis Zoo WildCare Institute prior to her current position as the Director of the Saint Louis Zoo Institute for Conservation Medicine. She has conducted conservation medicine projects in 30 countries around the world. A few of her research projects include a health-monitoring program for gorillas in central Africa, health assessments of sea turtles in Africa and the Americas, health and ecological studies of maned wolves in Bolivia, health care of working elephants in Myanmar, and avian and giant tortoise studies in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.

Her interests in wildlife veterinary medicine focus on the spread of disease between domestic animals and wildlife and the health impact of environmental changes and human contact on wild species. She is the author of 1 textbook, over 145 referred articles, 30 book chapters, and numerous non-referred papers. Her first textbook, Introduction to One Health: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Planetary Health, was published in January 2019.

Sharon has a special fondness for elephants, sea turtles and jaguars!

Keri Lammering
Keri joined the Saint Louis Zoo’s Institute for Conservation Medicine team in 2014 to assist with outreach efforts. She has been with the Saint Louis Zoo Education Department for 14 years and previously worked as a naturalist and a high school biology teacher. Keri is excited to blend her previous experiences of taking children and learners of all ages into nature to explore the natural world to discover local conservation concerns. She is also passionate about sharing why a “One Health” approach to conservation is the key to success.


One Health is a Gateway Teen Science Cafe Event of the The Academy of Science – St. Louis presented in partnership with the Girls Can STEM Series initiative of The Academy of Science and the Zonta Club of St. Louis. Teen Science Cafe is underwritten in part with support from Boeing and the Employees Community Fund of Boeing St. Louis, sponsoring the full array of Academy STEM Teens programming.


Monday, April 26, 2021
5:30 PM-7:30 PM
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