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Big Ideas for Busy People: Contagion!

Thursday10/177:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Big Ideas for Busy People is back with a twist! Infectious disease experts set the stage for this interactive exploration of the future of viruses, bacteria, antibiotics and vaccines.

This popular, fast-paced event features five-minute talks from some of UW-Madison’s biggest brains. This year’s episode turns a microscope on microbes—specifically, infectious diseases. What do we have to fear, what can we expect and what can we do to keep the tiny bugs at bay? Come prepared for a highly interactive event and stay after the talks to learn more, get your hands wet and see for yourself the creatures that are on, in and around us.

Speakers include:

  • Patrick Anderson, author of Autobiography of a Disease, on the experience of life-threatening illness
  • Paul Ahlquist, virologist, Morgridge Institute for Research, on broad spectrum antivirals as a response to unlimited emerging viruses
  • James Conway, pediatrician, UW Health, Making Every Shot Count: Why Vaccines Matter!
  • Jo Handelsman, director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, on the search for new antibiotics
  • Laurel Legenza, pharmacy, UW-Madison, Partly Cloudy with a Chance of Antibiotic Resistance: An Interactive Surveillance Tool

Join us at the Discovery Building for an evening full of surprises and fun!

Event Details:

Event Category:
Event Type: Lectures, Panels and Discussions
Target Age/Grade: Adults
UW-Madison event: Yes
Event Features: Featured Event Free Event Handicap Accessible Indoor Event Madison Public Transit Friendly
Admission: Free


UW-Madison (Discovery Building)
330 N. Orchard St.
Madison, WI 53715 United States


Discovery Outreach
(608) 316-4382

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