Covid-19 expert to give keynote address at UMass Dartmouth symposium

Jan 16, 2021

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UMass Dartmouth’s Leduc Center for Civic Engagement will host its annual Engaged Scholarship Symposium on Feb. 26 via Zoom, with a keynote address from a UMass Dartmouth professor who became an international expert on Covid-19.

Associate Professor in Biology Dr. Erin Bromage, an infectious disease expert and regular CNN contributor, became an expert on the virus following a blog post explainer that went viral last year. 

His address, “How the Study of Animals, Disease, and Scientific Communication Led to Safety in Schools, Courtrooms, and Movies” will cover how his work investigating infectious disease in animals led to advising organizations, including government bodies and Hollywood studios, on Covid safety. 

Designed to celebrate the impact of scholarship on shaping policy and enriching communities, this year’s virtual symposium is free and will take place from 12 to 2 p.m. on Feb. 26 and will focus on building community during the pandemic.

Participants will be exposed to strategies for involving students in active research and examples of engaged scholarship across many disciplines.

It will also feature presentations on the psychology of nurses working during the pandemic, diversity in interior architecture and design, helping interns grow their emotional intelligence, and processing place through partnerships and exhibitions.

The event is co-sponsored by the Leduc Center for Civic Engagement and Campus Compact.

Registration is required. Interested parties can register for the event at

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Event Date: 

Friday, February 26, 2021 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm