On May 2, 2013, J. Glenn Morris Jr., MD, MPH, & TM, was inducted into the Beta Upsilon Chapter of Delta Omega as an honorary member. Dr. Morris has been the Director of the Emerging Pathogen Institute and Professor of Infectious Diseases in the UF College of Medicine since 2007. He has worked in public health and pathogen related fields for more than 30 years. Dr. Morris started his public health career at the Centers for Disease Control where he was an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer focusing on cholera and other water- and food-borne illnesses. He has served on National Academy of Sciences expert committees dealing with food safety, worked with the Food Safety Inspection Service in the U.S. Department of Agriculture on the first major revision of food safety regulations since 1996; is a member of the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine; and has recently launched a food safety center of excellence. He has published extensively and achieved much national and global recognition for his work.
In addition, public health at UF has benefited greatly from his vision and range of interests and talents. Interdisciplinary collaboration to solve emerging infectious disease issues is a hallmark of his work. Dr. Morris came to UF with a clear understanding of the critical role of our “emerging” school of public health in these collaborations. Throughout his time here, he has engaged extensively with Public Health and Health Professions faculty, participated in key recruitments in the college, mentored our MPH & PhD students, greatly extended our work in Haiti, and served as role model for countless budding public health professionals. We are extremely proud to have him as a member of our Delta Omega Chapter.