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The COVID-19 Webinar Series

A Collaboration with the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and the Institute for Science & Policy


Graphic portraying the COVID19 webinar series with the Denver Museum of Nature & Science
In April 2020, the Colorado School of Public Health kicked off a new collaboration and series with the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and the Institute for Science & Policy focused on the COVID-19 pandemic and response. 

Registration and details for future installments in the series are posted on the Denver Museum of Nature & Science's COVID-19 livestream series page and will also be promoted here, and also via email and on social media channels ahead of time. Links to previous sessions are posted too. 

These free livestream events are open to the public and are presented by the Colorado School of Public Health, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and the Institute for Science & Policy.  

​​Monday, June 29, at 8:30 a.m. | "Ethics in the Age of COVID-19"

A conversation with Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH, FACP, Professor of Medicine and Public Health and Director of the Center for Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

The COVID-19 pandemic has raised a number of complicated ethical questions for society, including if and when it is acceptable to restrict individual liberties to protect the public by enforcing quarantines, face masks, or event cancellations. Hospitals have had to confront the possibility of severe shortages and the potential need for rationing. And all of us have had to think carefully about our own personal and professional responsibilities in how we respond. Tensions between individual risk and communal safety have created flashpoints in communities, exposing broader disagreements over core values and priorities. In light of this, how can policymakers, scientists, and citizens best navigate these murky moral waters? And what do we owe to ourselves and to each other as human beings in the face of this global crisis?

Join us as we discuss the ethics of COVID-19 with Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH, FACP, Professor of Medicine and Public Health and Director of the Center for Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Dr. Wynia is a specialist in infectious diseases with a longstanding interest in ethics during pandemics and other public health emergencies. He’ll explore some of the key dilemmas brought to light by the coronavirus thus far and outline a reasoned science- and values-based approach to these difficult questions. He’ll also answer your questions live during a moderated Q&A session.

This free public webinar is a collaboration of the Colorado School of Public Health, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and the Institute for Science & Policy. The session will also be streamed on Facebook Live.​


​​Monday, June 22, at 8:30 a.m. | "COVID-19: Myths, Misinformation, and Misunderstandings"

A conversation with Steven Goodman, MD, MHS, PhD, Associate Dean of Clinical and Translational Research and Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health and Medicine, Stanford University and Elizabeth Skewes, PhD, Associate Professor and Chair, Journalism, CU Boulder

As COVID-19 spread rapidly around the world, so too did myths, exaggerations, and outright falsehoods. The flood of misinformation was often powerful enough to shape public perception and policy decisions. But in the face of ever-evolving guidance from experts and wall-to-wall media saturation, how can the public sort fact from fiction? What makes a particular source reliable – or not?

Join us Monday, June 22 at 8:30 a.m. as we’re joined by Steven Goodman, MD, MHS, PhD, Associate Dean of Clinical and Translational Research and Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health and Medicine at Stanford University, and Elizabeth Skewes, PhD, Department of Journalism Chair and Associate Professor in the College of Media, Communication and Information at the University of Colorado Boulder. They’ll be discussing how COVID-19 misinformation takes hold in the discourse and how we as citizens and the media can apply critical thinking principles to assess what we see. They’ll also answer your questions live during a moderated Q&A session.

This free public webinar is a collaboration of the Colorado School of Public Health, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and the Institute for Science & Policy. 



 

​​Monday, June 15, at 8:30 a.m. | "Summer of COVID-19"

A conversation with Rachel Herlihy, MD, MPH/MSPH, State Epidemiologist and Jonathan Samet, MD, MS, Dean, Colorado School of Public Health

Summer is typically the season of camping, grilling, and lounging by the pool, but some of our favo​rite warm-weather activities could look and feel very different this year due to ongoing COVID-19 precautions. So what should Coloradans expect over the next few months? Is it safe to send kids to camp? Will we be able to go swimming? Will vacation destinations be open for business? And will the coronavirus make a comeback?

Join us for an audience-driven conversation with Rachel Herlihy, MD, MPH/MSPH, State Epidemiologist for the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment and Jonathan Samet, MD, MS, Professor of Epidemiology and Environmental and Occupational Health and Dean of the Colorado School of Public Health. Dr. Herlihy and Dr. Samet will answer your questions live, discuss the latest state modeling results, and forecast what lies ahead — including the chances of a COVID-19 resurgence.

This free public webinar is a collaborati​on of the Colorado School of Public Health, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and the Institute for Science & Policy. 



 Monday, June 8, at 8:30 a.m. | "Technology & COVID-19: The Path Forward"

A conversation with Alan Rudolph, PhD, Vice President of Research at Colorado State University


Colorado’s research community has responded swiftly to the COVID-19 challenge, with new projects already underway on vaccine development, diagnostic tools, biomed​ical countermeasures, and food system impact mitigation. Historically, technological investment has aided our response against diseases before they emerge, in the midst of outbreaks, and during the lengthy global recovery. Many exciting avenues of study are happening in our Colorado backyard right now. But what does applied research really look like, and when might we see the impacts?

In the next installment of our weekly COVID-19 webinar series, we’ll be joined by Alan Rudolph, Ph.D., Vice President of Research at Colorado State University. Dr. Rudolph will discuss the creative and innovative new ways that researchers are tackling this novel disease and draw upon his decades of experience in both biomedicine and global security to address how today’s infrastructure development can help build tomorrow’s more resilient societies. He’ll also answer your questions live during a moderated Q&A session.
 
The free webinar is a collaboration of the Colorado School of Public Health, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and the Institute for Science & Policy. The session will also be streamed on Facebook Live.​​


 Monday, June 1 | "How has social distancing affected Colorado?"

A conversation with Jude Bayham, PhD, Assistant Professor of Agricultural & Resource Economics at Colorado State University and the lead author of the recently published report, “Colorado Mobility Patterns During the COVID-19 Response”


Coloradans have increased their time spent at home since mid-March following statewide policy interventions implemented by Governor Polis and increased social distancing guidelines set by essential businesses. Using digital trace data, scientists have been able t​o study general patterns in population mobility during the COVID-19 pandemic. The results find noteworthy trends, including variation across different areas of the state; a voluntary reduction in movement even before Stay-at-Home orders took effect; and recent reversals in the overall amount of time spent in public.

Jude Bayham, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Agricultural & Resource Economics at Colorado State University and the co-lead author of the recently published report, titled “Colorado Mobility Patterns During the COVID-19 Response.” Dr. Bayham discussed the study’s key findings, including trends and patterns in how Coloradans are (or aren’t) spending time away from home as well as policy implications for coronavirus outcomes moving forward. 


Monday, May 18 | "COVID-19: On the Front Lines"

A conversation with Dr. Marc Moss, the Roger S. Mitchell Professor of Medicine and Head of the Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine at the CU School of Medicine & Traci Priebe,  an ICU Charge Nurse in UCHealth's University of Colorado Hospital


As the battle against COVID-19 unfolds each day in America’s hospitals, doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, and other caregivers are working tirelessly to diagnose, treat, and improve patient outcomes. Their selfless efforts in the face of an unprecedented epidemic have earned commendation nationwide, and their stories from the front lines help us look beyond statistics to understand the true human impact of the disease.  

Firsthand perspectives were shared by Marc Moss, MD, the Roger S. Mitchell Professor of Medicine and Head of the Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Traci L. Priebe, RN, BSN, CCRN, a Charge Nurse in the medical ICU at the University of Colorado Hospital. 

This free livestream event is open to the public and is presented by the Colorado School of Public Health, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and the Institute for Science & Policy.​

Read the recap of this session and/or view the recording of "COVID-19: On the Front Lines"​


Monday, May 11 | "Testing for COVID in Colorado"

A conversation with Kyle M. Brown, PhD, Deputy for Mass Testing & Isolation Support on Colorado’s COVID Innovation Response Team


For weeks, the availability and accessibility of COVID-19 testing has dominated the national discourse. Who can get tested? How quickly do the results come back? Is there enough widespread testing to identify and contain new hotspots? In such a rapidly-shifting landscape, guidance can change quickly, leaving the public with more questions than answers.

In the third part of our ongoing coronavirus webinar series, tune in for a discussion on Colorado’s approach to testing and how it fits into the state’s broader response. We’ll be joined by Kyle M. Brown, PhD, Deputy for Mass Testing and Isolation Support on Colorado’s COVID Innovation Response Team to help separate fact from fiction around tests and talk about the road ahead. 

This free livestream event is open to the public and is presented by the Colorado School of Public Health, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and the Institute for Science & Policy.




Monday, May 4 | "COVID-19 Vaccines and Therapeutics: What Lies Ahead?"

A conversation with Drs. Michelle Barron & Thomas Campbell
Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease in the CU School of Medicine


The search for a COVID-19 vaccine has taken center stage, with all eyes on scientists’ efforts to develop safe and effective treatments at a breakneck pace. With so much of the world’s population still susceptible to infection, a return to any semblance of social normalcy may hinge on widespread inoculations, therapeutic solutions, and herd immunity. But what will a successful vaccine rollout look like, and when might it arrive? 

In part two of our ongoing COVID-19 webinar series, we explored the science behind vaccine development and which medical avenues could prove most effective in quelling the coronavirus. The University of Colorado School of Medicine’s Michelle Barron, MD, Professor of Medicine-Infectious Disease, and Thomas Campbell, MD, Professor of Medicine-Infectious Disease, led an interactive discussion on the process behind clinical trials, what history tells us about possible outcomes, and which hurdles a vaccine would need to clear before it can be confidently distributed to the public.  



Monday, April 27 | "Controlling the COVID-19 Epidemic in Colorado"

A Conversation with Dr. Jonathan Samet, Dean & Professor, Colorado School of Public Health

As Colorado lifts its stay at home order and moves into the next phase of its COVID-19 response, many residents are wondering: Now what? Is it safe to go back to work? Will there be a second wave of infections? Which epidemiological models are useful? And what can the data tell us about the weeks and months to come? 

The first presentation in this series: "Controlling the COVID-19 Epidemic in Colorado," featured Jonathan Samet, MD, MS, ColoradoSPH Dean and Professor of Epidemiology and Environmental & Occupational Health.

Dr. Samet discussed solutions and challenges around slowing the spread of the disease, as well as insights gained from working closely with state officials on their public health guidance. He highlighted the work of the Colorado Modeling team led by ColoradoSPH. 

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