Baylor Virologist, Tropical Disease Expert to Headline Mayborn Museum’s “Virtual Meet the Scientist: Virus 101” Online Event April 28

April 27, 2020

Baylor's Mayborn Museum is hosting a special Virtual Meet the Scientists: Virus 101 online at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 28.

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WACO, Texas (April 27, 2020) – Baylor University’s Mayborn Museum is hosting a special Virtual Meet the Scientists: Virus 101 online at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 28.

Special guest is Kelli Barr, Ph.D., assistant professor of tropical disease and global health biology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences.

The event is geared for adults and families with children ages 8 and up. Registration is free and available on the Mayborn Museum event website.

“I’m going to give a basic overview of virology and how viruses are transmitted,” Barr said. “I will give an overview of vaccines and antivirals, and I want to apply those concepts to COVID so people can have an informed view of the pandemic and know where to go for reliable information.

“The audience will learn how they can pick up a viral infection and tips for avoiding. They will learn why there are so few antiviral medicines and why vaccine development is so difficult. They will also get an objective perspective on COVID.”

The program is expected to last approximately one hour.


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