[PAST EVENT] A New Way to Stop the Spread of Viral Respiratory Infections

March 31, 2022
6pm - 7pm
Integrated Science Center (ISC), Room 1221
540 Landrum Dr
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
Access & Features
  • Free food
  • Open to the public
Dr. Richard Zare in his lab.

A New Way to Stop the Spread of Viral Respiratory Infections: A Free, Public Lecture Announcement

Dr. Zare’s presentation, “A New Way to Stop the Spread of Viral Respiratory Infections,” explores the mystery of seasonal variation in viral respiratory illnesses, such as influenza and COVID-19. Why, in temperate parts of the world, do respiratory diseases increase in winter but decrease in the summer? Research from the Zare Lab at Stanford University has found that relative humidity levels, the evaporation of aqueous microdroplets, and the presence of organic aerosol particles impact viral pathogen survival and therefore airborne transmission of viral disease. During a pandemic, research findings like these cannot be ignored as we all long for a safe return to “normalcy” in our daily lives.

“Hosting a scientist as renowned as Dr. Zare is an opportunity for our students and the community,” said Bob Pike, Chemistry Dept. Chair. “We are grateful to the Jean Dreyfus Lectureship for Undergraduate Institutions for their sponsorship for this event. It’s a part of an award from The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Fdtn. This funding enabled summer undergraduate research, in alignment with the Zare Lab’s sustainability focus.”

Dr. Richard Zare is the Marguerite Blake Wilbur Professor in Natural Science and holds Professorships in both the Departments of Chemistry and Physics at Stanford University. He has been awarded numerous honors, including the National Medal of Science and the National Academy of Sciences Award in Chemistry, and he is a fellow of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

W&M Chemistry is grateful for this funding and is honored to offer this public lecture on 31 March starting at 6 pm in the Integrated Science Center room 1221, 540 Landrum Drive. Refreshments available at 5:30 pm and free on-campus parking is reserved for this event. 

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