Registration – Consider This!

The current pandemic and “FAKE NEWS” has brought science and research to the forefront of our vernacular, highlighting the vital importance that we understand the terminology, technology, and scientific process to be an informed citizenry.  Consider This! Simplifying the COVID-19 conversation, hosted by Notre Dame Professors Heidi Beidinger-Burnett (Director of the Global Health Master’s Program and President of the St. Joseph County Board of Health) and Mary Ann McDowell (Associate Professor of Biological Sciences) and sponsored by the Eck Institute for Global Health and the Office of the Provost will be a weekly conversation unpacking the science and research behind such topics as vaccines, epidemiology, public health, testing, food security, racial inequities, and evidence used to inform decisions about opening schools, athletics, and businesses.

The 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. Read the press release here.

Fall 2020 Speaker Schedule:

October 5 – In a Pandemic, Science Matters
– Marie Lynn Miranda, Charles and Jill Fischer Provost of the University of Notre Dame
October 12 – Vaccines and the Immunology of COVID-19
– Brian Baker, Rev. John A. Zahm Professor and Department Chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
– Jeffery Schorey, George B. Craig Jr. Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
October 19 – Masks, Distancing, and Public Health
– Mark Fox, St. Joseph County Department
– David Leighton, Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
– Mark McCready, Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Senior Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, College of Engineering
October 26 – COVID-19 and Athletics
– John B. “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, Faculty Board on Athletics
November 2 – Epidemiology of COVID-19
– Alex Perkins, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
– Jenna Coalson, Assistant Professor of the Practice, Department of Biological Sciences
November 9 – Wastewater Testing
– Kyle Bibby, Associate Professor and Wanzek Collegiate Chair, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences
November 16 – Special Populations
– Debra Stanley, Founder and Executive Director of Imani Unidad Inc.
– Sheriff William Redman, St. Joseph County Police Department
November 23 – COVID-19 Testing
– Liz Rulli, Associate Vice President for Research
– Paul Hergenrother ’94, Kenneth L. Rinehart Jr. Endowed Chair in Natural Products Chemistry and Professor of Chemistry, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
November 30 – Cultivate Food Rescue and Food Security
– Jim Conklin, President and Co-Founder of Cultivate Food Rescue
– Marijo Martinec, CEO Food Bank of Northern Indiana
December 7 – Public Health in the Face of the Pandemic
– Robert Einterz, St. Joseph County Department of Health Officer
December 14 – 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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