Alumni Virtual Engagement - The Evolution of Influenza


August 5, 2020 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
via Zoom

This week’s Alumni Virtual Engagement provides a unique opportunity to pull back the curtain and experience an actual lecture delivered by a UM faculty member during the spring semester after classes were moved entirely online UM professor Doug Emlen with share a timely lecture titled “The Evolution of Influenza” which he delivered to his Honors Biology class. Doug describes the 1918 Influenza pandemic and draws incredible comparisons with the COVID-19 pandemic. We will all watch the class together and then Doug will answer your questions.  Note: This session with run for an hour and 30 minutes.

Douglas J. Emlen studied at Cornell University (B.A. 1989), Princeton University (Ph. D. 1994), and Duke University (Postdoctoral Research Fellow 1994-1997), before joining the faculty at the University of Montana where he is a full professor.  He is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2016) and a recipient of the U.S. Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering (2002).  His book Animal Weapons: The Evolution of Battle (Henry Holt, 2014) won the Phi Beta Kappa science book of the year award in 2015, and his textbook Evolution: Making Sense of Life (co-authored with award-winning journalist Carl Zimmer), is presently adopted by more than 250 universities and colleges.  His first narrative nonfiction book for middle school readers (Beetle Battles: One Scientist’s Journey of Adventure and Discovery, Roaring Brook/Macmillan) appeared on shelves this past December.

Please join us for a special Alumni Virtual Engagement event featuring Dr. Doug Emlen, moderated by Jed Liston, UM Alumni Director.