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COVID-19 UC Davis Capstone Lab - Town Halls

04/17/20 - 05/29/20     Online,

The COVID-19 pandemic has made demands on our collective resilience that will continue for some time. To answer this call, a group of dedicated instructors in the University of California, Davis, College of Biological Science has designed a virtual lab course. This unique course provides students with a truly interdisciplinary perspective on how modern biology through a diverse number of approaches can inform our decisions in this crises and help plan for future interventions to lessen the impact of viral epidemics. One of the activities in this course are a series of Town Halls, where subject area experts chat with students and course instructors about issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. At these Town Hall meetings, physicians, scientists, lawyers, a journalist & an economist discuss scientific, health care, and broader societal issues concerning the COVID19 pandemic. They are going to be held every Friday this winter quarter from 3:30-5pm.

Live streaming of the meetings on Facebook: 

Archived town halls: 

Follow on Twitter: @CovidTownHall


April 17
Health care disparities
Dr. James Hildreth, President & CEO, Meharry Medical College and Dr. Allison Brashear, Dean UC Davis, School of Medicine.

April 24
Emerging infectious diseases
Prof. Jonna Mazet, UC Davis, Director of OneHealth Institute

May 1
Physician who treated first US community transmission COVID case at UCD Health
Prof. Angela Haczku, MD, PhD, UC Davis

May 8
Bioethics. health care law, public health law, law & policy
Prof. Lisa Ikemoto, UC Davis Law School

May 15
Food supply-chain issues related to the coronavirus pandemic
Prof. Daniel Sumner, UC Davis, Director, University of California Agricultural Issues Center

May 22
Reporting a pandemic
Richard Harris - Science reporter, NPR

Mary 29
Constitutional issues raised by the pandemic. What are the limits of the government's power?
Prof. Elizabeth Jo - UC Davis Law School