Influenza in Children and Adults

For March 4, 2020       Please share this invitation with your friends & neighbors. 
Hi WN@TL Fans,
Alas, I have no Italian roots. Luckily, some splendid English words do. 
In opera and etymology, sometimes little Italian suffices
Other times, a little Latin will enliten.
Influenza is the original fault in our stars, a disease that ebbs and flows over the year, an infection that streams through a population, an affliction that influences the course and strength and length of our lives. 
We should all be fluent in the flu, and give the flu its due. 
And when our attention is diverted elsewhere, this is especially true.
This week (March 4) we welcome Dr. Kathryn Schmit of the Department of Pediatrics for her talk entitled, “Respiratory Viruses of Children & Adults:  Focus on Influenza. 
Here’s how she describes her presentation:
“Respiratory viral infections in children and adults have a tremendous impact on people and healthcare worldwide. Economically, these infections account for both direct medical costs along with indirect costs related to missed days of school and work.


“Influenza virus, one of these respiratory viruses, results in about 650,000 deaths annually. Due to changing viral antigenic properties, transmissibility, and circulating immunity in the population, influenza has caused several pandemics throughout history in addition to seasonal epidemics. Although these viral antigens are unique to influenza, the concepts of transmission, immunity and interaction between animals and humans are key to understanding the impact of other respiratory viruses.
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About the Speaker:
Dr. Kathryn Schmit is a physician-scientist with a research focus on viral upper respiratory infections in pediatric patients. She was born in St. Charles, Illinois and earned her undergraduate degree in biochemistry at University of Wisconsin-Madison. She then earned her medical degree at St. George’s University in Grenada and completed her pediatric residency at UW-Madison. 
She is now in her second year of Pediatric Infectious Disease fellowship and her first year of Primary Care Research Fellowship through Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. Following fellowship, she plans to hold an academic position within pediatric infectious disease that incorporates clinical practice, public and global health with a focus on epidemiology and disease prevention.
Next week (March 11) we welcome Prof Claudia Solis-Lemus of Plant Pathology and of Statistics for her talk entitled, “Through the Looking-Glass of Big Data.”  
Big Data has become a Very Big Deal in the life sciences.  As an olde school plant pathologist, I’m looking forward to learning more about how data science can help us find new ways to wrangle & wrestle with plant diseases. 
A Special Request: Please mark your calendars for the 18th Annual UW-Madison Science Expeditions campus open house April 3-5.  Three days, 30 venues, and more than 300 scientists welcome you to come explore science at the U.
Hope to see you this week at Wednesday Nite @ The Lab!
Tom Zinnen
Biotechnology Center & Division of Extension, Wisconsin 4-H

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