The COVID-19 pandemic has left many people feeling powerless, but knowledge is power! Pandemic-ology is a 5-week course exploring the social and biological aspects of pandemics aimed at giving health efficacy back to individuals. Participants will learn about what causes pandemics, immunity, how scientists study pathogens, and the social influences of pandemics. At the end of the course, participants will have the opportunity to participate in an interactive virtual adventure in which they are the pandemic expert trying to save the world! This course will be offered online asynchronously at no cost to high school students and adults from March 1st to April 2nd , 2021. The course will also serve as a resource for parents and teachers to instruct students about microbiology, global health studies, and pandemics as a whole. To gain access to Pandemic-ology, go to

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Shelby is a senior majoring in microbiology with a certificate in Global Health Studies. She is an undergraduate research assistant in the Weber lab and was named a 2020-2021 Stinski fellow. Her previous research focused on the role of tissue tropism in serovar-specific disease caused by Chlamydia trachomatis. She is currently studying the proteins hypothetically secreted by Chlamydia. As an LSEI fellow, Shelby wants to make scientific research accessible to the public and increase scientific literacy as a means of health promotion. In her free time, you can find Shelby hanging out with her elderly cat, Star, and enjoying nature.