Media Advisory: SmartTALK with Dr. Nicki Pesik ‘86 of the CDC Feb. 22

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February 08, 2017

Feb. 8, 2017

Contact: Cheryl Knauer




Dr. Nicki Pesik is a 1986 alumna of McDaniel 

SmartTALK takes place Wednesday, Feb. 22, 7 p.m., in Decker Center Forum at McDaniel 
Free and open to the public 
Live video stream also be available at 


As a senior advisor for global health security at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr. Nicki Pesik, a 1986 alumna of McDaniel College, was a leader in the CDC’s response to Ebola and Zika. She returns to her alma mater for a conversation with McDaniel President Roger N. Casey as part of McDaniel College’s SmartTALK series to discuss her role and career.  

Pesik graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in biology and was a five-time Academic All American athlete in softball and volleyball. She earned magna cum laude honors from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and completed her residency at the University of Cincinnati Department of Emergency Medicine. Prior to joining the CDC, she was an assistant professor at Emory University School of Medicine’s Department of Emergency Medicine, where she taught in the domestic preparedness program. 

The hour-long event, which is free and open to the public, includes questions and answers from the audience. A live video stream of the event will also be available at


Wednesday, Feb. 22, 7 p.m. 


McDaniel College, Decker Center Forum   
2 College Hill, Westminster, Md. 


McDaniel College’s SmartTALK brings notable alumni back to campus for an on-stage conversation with McDaniel President Roger N. Casey on their subject of expertise. Guests have included a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, a career foreign-service diplomat, a National Teacher of the Year, a video game designer, an international sports agent, and others. Visit for additional information. 

Past SmartTALK presenters have included: 
•    Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Wendy Ruderman 
•    Career foreign-service diplomat Tom Armbruster 
•    National Aquarium’s Eric Schwaab
•    National Teacher of the Year Michelle Shearer
•    Champion of the environment Gerald W. Winegrad
•    Bernard Franklin, senior vice-president of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
•    Greg Street, video game designer of “World of Warcraft” and currently “League of Legends”
•    FBI espionage expert Steven Carr
•    Cybersecurity expert U.S. Army retired Major General David B. Lacquement
•    MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts
•    International sports agent Jim Naughton
•    Sharon Wensel Bowers of the National Institute of Aerospace
•    CIA attorney Niki Grandrimo
•    The Motley Fool’s Buck Hartzell
•    San Diego Zoo’s Mark Stuart 
•    International businesswoman Nupur Parekh Flynn of Brown Capital Management
•    Kevin Culley, senior director of business development and innovation at Under Armour
•    Maryland Teacher of the Year Jody Zepp 
•    Global activist Barbara Thomas of Habitat for Humanity
•    Randy Day, chief operating officer at Perdue Farms

For more information, visit or call 410-857-2290. 

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Editor's Note: Headshot of Nicki Pesik is available for download (under Other). 

Additional information: Requests for interpreters are welcome and can be made up to one week prior to the event by contacting Other accommodation requests can be directed to Conference Services at 410-857-2212.

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