No One Was Immune: The History and Science of Pandemics in the Americas from Smallpox to COVID-19

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Tune in to watch live on Tuesday, September 29 at Noon EDT

Join John Hessler for a lecture focused on the genomics and geospatial transmission of infectious disease, concentrating on the VARV Variola virus (Smallpox), from which we have the oldest complete genome sequence, on the science of ancient DNA sequencing, and on the complexities of mapping the genome and mutation patterns of pandemics like COVID-19. Examine archaeological evidence, like the Vilnius mummies, and look into the genomic origins of the Smallpox strains that came to the Americas in the 16th century. Learn about new techniques and mathematical and algorithmic breakthroughs in phylogenetic analysis, and explore the geospatial dynamics, the complex disease transmission network, and the nucleotide mutation patterns in COVID-19.

Want to dive deeper? Register for the Odyssey Course on this topic with John Hessler - 6 sessions, September 24 - October 29. 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm.
Did you know that Hopkins alumni and employees are eligible for discounts on Odyssey courses? Alumni receive a 25% discount. Employees receive 80% remission. Wow!  

Headshot of John HesslerJohn Hessler is a Specialist in Computational Geogeography and Geographic Information Science at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. He is the founder of the New Geometries Laboratory (NGL), where they combine methods from evolutionary computation with geospatial data, along with advances in bioinformatics, to study complex spatial analysis problems, like mapping COVID-19. The author of more than one-hundred books and articles including the New York Times Bestseller, Map Exploring the World, Hessler lectures on computation and mathematical sciences in the Odyssey Program at Johns Hopkins University.

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 Event Date
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Start Time: 12:00pm
End Time: 1:00pm


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Baltimore, MD 21218

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