Notre Dame launches “Consider This!” a weekly webinar series discussing COVID-19

A new webinar series at the University of Notre Dame titled, Consider This! Simplifying the COVID-19 Conversation will unpack the science and research behind the coronavirus pandemic by exploring in-depth related issues in an accessible manner for the general public. 

Starting in October, each Monday from 6 to 7 p.m. EST, coronavirus experts will discuss a new aspect or angle of the pandemic, such as epidemiology, food security, public health, racial inequities, testing, vaccines, and evidence used to inform decisions about opening schools, athletics, and businesses. 

“The coronavirus pandemic brought science and research to the forefront of news and media, making it a part of everyday conversation. This makes understanding terminology, technology, and scientific process important for being an informed citizen and that’s what we are aiming to do with these webinars,” said Consider This! co-host Heidi Beidinger-Burnett, associate professor of the practice and director of the Master of Science in Global Health program

The weekly webinar series will kick-off on Monday, October 5, 2020, with an “In a Pandemic, Science Matters,” featuring Marie Lynn Miranda, the Charles and Jill Fischer Provost at Notre Dame. Miranda has been a leader at the forefront of addressing the pandemic as it affects Notre Dame and surrounding communities. 

“Our goal is to provide an opportunity for those who want to better understand the science behind the pandemic from experts who understand the topics and the complexities best. We encourage anyone with an interest in learning more and discussing the challenges ahead of us to join the webinar series,” said Mary Ann McDowell, Consider This! co-host and associate professor of biological sciences.

The weekly webinar series is supported by the College of Science's Edison Lectures, the Eck Institute for Global Health, and the Office of the Provost at Notre Dame. To learn more about the webinar series, including the series schedule, topics, speakers, and how to register please visit


Kelly Thomson / Institute Coordinator

Eck Institute of Global Health / University of Notre Dame / 574.631.2171 / @ndeckinstitute

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