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Summer 2020 Course: Toward Conquest of Disease

Offered in summer, BIOL 3700, section 001

Professor Clarence Lehman

This course takes a broad view of disease — ecological, social, and medical. As a part, we will track and project the COVID-19 pandemic in real-time. The focus is inspired by William Foege’s observation that we conquered smallpox because we adapted faster than the pathogen. Pathogens must adapt biologically, we adapt behaviorally and technologically. Thus we overcome. 

Students may explore individual interests, such as disease history, literature, or statistics, or follow this as a prep course to get acquainted with computer modeling, which is taught without assuming any background. For students of biology, epidemiology, mathematics, physical-science, engineering, public-health, medicine, and beyond.

April, 2020