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Jeanan Yasiri Moe, Director of Strategic Communications
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Join us May 20 for the final webinar
MADISON, Wis. – From Ebola to influenza, the United States has dealt with epidemics before, coming up with strategies for disease management, health care worker safety, vaccine development and more. What are we learning about the current pandemic and what lessons can we take from the past to chart a way forward to a post-COVID future?
Join UW-Madison experts on Wednesday, May 20, at 5 p.m. for a virtual discussion moderated by Jo Handelsman, director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery.
Handelsman says, “WID, along with Morgridge and WARF, really values the opportunity to connect with the community through the Crossroads of Ideas series. This dialog is more important than ever now when so many of our campus colleagues are embodying the Wisconsin Idea through their response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the public is hungry for information about the pandemic.”
The May 20 webinar will feature:
- Jo Handelsman, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, on how the response to the Ebola epidemic offers a model for government-wide cooperation
- Yoshihiro Kawaoka, Pathobiological Sciences, on animal models for COVID-19
- Laura McClure, Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, on the plague in classical Athens
- David O’Connor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, on a million tests a day? How far away?
- Maureen Smith, Population Health Sciences and Family Medicine, on using clinical data to help Wisconsin react, respond and recover from COVID-19
The Crossroads of Ideas program is a public lecture series that addresses vital social science topics. The series generally is held in-person at the Discovery Building on the UW-Madison campus. More at discovery.wisc.edu/crossroads.
“In putting this miniseries together, we have heard time and again from researchers how much they value the opportunity to connect with the community,” says Laura Heisler, WARF director of programming. “We look forward to continuing to foster that connection as we look ahead to the coming weeks and months.”
The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) helps steward the cycle of research, discovery, commercialization and investment for the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Founded in 1925 as an independent, nonprofit foundation, WARF manages more than 2,000 patents and an investment portfolio as it funds university research, obtains patents for campus discoveries and licenses inventions to industry. For more information, visit warf.org.