Consider This! Webinar Series

The College of Science's Edison Lectures, the Eck Institute for Global Health, and the Office of the Provost launched a weekly webinar series titled, Consider This! Simplifying the COVID-19 Conversation. The fall series featured live discussions unpacking the science and research behind the coronavirus pandemic by exploring in-depth related issues in an accessible manner for the general public. To view all content and resources on the ThinkND series page, please click here, or view recordings of the episodes below.

The webinar series was co-hosted by Heidi Beidinger-Burnett, associate professor of the practice and director of the Master of Science in Global Health program, and Mary Ann McDowell, associate professor of biological sciences.

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Consider This!  Events: 

October 5, 2020 - In a Pandemic, Science Matters  

Marie Lynn Miranda, Charles and Jill Fischer Provost of the University of Notre Dame and professor in the Department of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics


October 12, 2020 - Vaccines and the Immunology of COVID-19 

Brian Baker, Rev. John A. Zahm Professor and Department Chair in the Department of Chemistry Biochemistry

Jeffery Schorey, George B. Craig Jr. Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences


October 19, 2020 - Masks, Distancing, and the Public 

Dr. Mark Fox, St. Joseph County Department of Health deputy health officer

David Leighton, professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Mark McCready, professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and senior associate dean for research and graduate studies in the College of Engineering


October 26, 2020 - COVID-19 Pandemic and Athletics  

Jack Swarbrick, Vice President and James E. Rohr Director of Athletics

Patricia Bellia, William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Professor of Law and chair of the Faculty Board on Athletics


November 2, 2020 - Epidemiology of COVID-19

Alex Perkins, associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences

Jenna Coalson, assistant professor of the practice in the Department of Biological Sciences


November 9, 2020 - Wastewater Testing

Kyle Bibby, associate professor and Wanzek Collegiate Chair in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences


November 16, 2020 Special Populations  

Debra Stanley, founder and executive director of Imani Unidad Inc.

William Redman, sheriff of St. Joseph County


November 23, 2020 - COVID-19 Testing

Liz Rulli, associate vice president for research

Paul Hergenrother, Kenneth L. Rinehart Jr. Endowed Chair in Natural Products Chemistry and Professor of Chemistry at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign


November 30, 2020 - Cultivate Food Rescue and Food Security

Jim Conklin, president and co-founder of Cultivate Food Rescue

Marijo Martinec, CEO of Food Bank of Northern Indiana


December 7, 2020 - Public Health in the Face of the Pandemic  

Dr. Robert Einterz, St. Joseph County Department of Health officer


December 14, 2020 - A reflection of COVID-19 and the Fall Semester

Shannon B. Cullinan, University of Notre Dame’s Executive Vice President

David C. Bailey, Vice President for Strategic Planning and Institutional Research


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