Join the Institute for Science & Policy, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and the Colorado School of Public Health every Monday at 8:30 a.m. MT for a free webinar, each bringing a new expert perspective to the COVID-19 challenge. 

Miss an installment? Recordings and recaps will be posted 24-36 hours after the live broadcast.

July 6: On break!
We're back July 13. 

June 29: Ethics in the Age of COVID-19
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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?

Presenter: 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. 


June 22: COVID-19 Myths, Misinformation, and Misunderstandings
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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?

Presenters: 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.

June 15: The Summer of COVID-19
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Summer is typically the season of camping, grilling, and lounging by the pool, but some of our favorite 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 I be able to go swimming? Will vacation destinations be open for business? And will the coronavirus make a comeback?

Presenters: 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. 

June 8:

Technology & COVID-19: The Path Forward
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Colorado’s research community has responded swiftly to the COVID-19 challenge, with new projects already underway on vaccine development, diagnostic tools, biomedical 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?

Presenter: Alan Rudolph, Ph.D.MBA, Vice President for Research at Colorado State University.

June 1: How Has Social Distancing Affected Colorado?
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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 to 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.

Presenter: Jude Bayham, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Agricultural & Resource Economics at Colorado State University

May 18:

COVID-19: On the Front Lines
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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.  

Presenters: 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,  Charge Nurse in the medical ICU at the University of Colorado Hospital.

May 11:

Testing for COVID-19 in Colorado
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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.

Presenter: Kyle M. Brown, Ph.D., Deputy for Mass Testing and Isolation Support on Colorado’s COVID Innovation Response Team

May 4:

COVID-19 Vaccines and Therapeutics: What Lies Ahead?
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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? 

Presenters: Michelle Barron, MD, Professor of Medicine-Infectious Disease and Thomas Campbell, MD, Professor of Medicine-Infectious Disease at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

April 27:

Controlling the COVID-19 Epidemic in Colorado
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As Colorado 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?

Presenter: Jonathan Samet, MD, MS, Professor of Epidemiology and Environmental and Occupational Health and Dean of the Colorado School of Public Health

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