Was the Russian flu the first coronavirus pandemic? Find out at the next Science Café – UNK News



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WHAT: University of Nebraska at Kearney Science Café

HOSTED BY: Sigma Xi, the scientific research honor society

TITLE: “The Russian flu, 1889-94, a lost coronavirus pandemic?”

TOPIC: UNK faculty members Kim Carlson and Doug Biggs will discuss the Russian flu, how it spread, and whether it was, in fact, the first coronavirus outbreak.

PRESENTERS: Carlson is a professor and co-chair of the Department of Biology at UNK, specializing in molecular genetics and the teaching of human and introductory genetics, as well as bioethics. She holds BS and MS degrees in Biology from UNK and a PhD in Genetics, Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Neurovirology and Neurodegenerative Disorders at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Carlson became a research associate and senior director of proteomics at UNMC before returning to UNK in 2003.

A professor of history at UNK, Biggs earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from Iowa State University and a doctorate in medieval history from the University of Minnesota. His areas of specialization are English history, ancient history and medieval history. Biggs has been a visiting professor at the Center for Medieval Studies at the University of York and has presented papers at international conferences on both sides of the Atlantic and in New Zealand. In 2000 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

TIME: 5:30 p.m.

DATE: Monday, September 26

SQUARE: The Loft, Cunningham’s Journal, 15 W. 23rd St., Kearney

CONTACT: Allen Thomas, associate professor of chemistry at UNK, 308.865.8452, [email protected]