What: Are COVID-19 vaccines the key to ending the pandemic? It joins a list of vaccines that over time have prevented serious illness and even death. As demand surges for vaccines, the spotlight now turns to understanding how vaccines work. Join Virginia Tech experts to learn about the basics, why they are important, and how they have protected mankind for centuries. Researchers will also walk us through how they are using data to forecast and prevent future COVID-19 outbreaks.

When: April 21, 2021, at 4 p.m. ET

Where: Virtual discussion via Zoom. Register here.

Submit your questions here in advance.

Who: Kate Langwig is an infectious disease ecologist, an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, and an affiliated faculty of the Global Change Center. As part of her research, she explores how variation among hosts influences epidemiological dynamics, population impacts, and the effectiveness of disease interventions.

Patrick Butler is a senior research associate at the Sanghani Center for Artificial Intelligence & Data Analytics in the Washington, D.C. metro area. His research areas focus on open-source indicators such as tweets, news, blog, weather, etc., to forecast population-level events such as civil unrest, elections, and epidemics.

Schedule an interview
To schedule an interview with our experts in advance of the public Zoom session, please email Shannon Andrea or call 703-399-9494.

About Tech on Tap
Learning happens everywhere. Tech on Tap is a regular community speaker series that informs, educates, and raises questions about the impact of new technologies on society, equity, and policy. Topics include the types of issues and problems Virginia Techʼs Innovation Campus in Potomac Yard will explore.



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