Last PLACE event shows the science side of war

A professor from the University of Puget Sound is set to discuss the influenza outbreak of 1918 and its social and cultural implications.

The presentation, on May 14, is one of the last PLACE events of the year.

“The event highlights the devastating influenza pandemic that occurred at the end of World War I and examines how these two major events impacted one another,” said Sara Coste, visiting assistant professor of health and human performances and coordinator of the event, in an email.

Fitting into the PLACE theme of war, the event will provide a common place for people of different academic focuses to discuss the science and health related issues of war and its aftermaths.

“While those of us in the sciences tend to focus on topics, such as viral strains, viral entry into host cells, immunological responses to a virus or the biological basis of the flu vaccine when discussing the pandemic, involvement in PLACE has provided an opportunity for science, health and nursing students to examine the pandemic from a social, cultural and historical perspective, Coste said in an email.

“Courses in human physiology and microbiology, as well as courses in sociology, history and English have studied the pandemic this semester.”

Nancy Bristow recently published a book “American Pandemic: The Lost Worlds of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic” about her study of the influenza pandemic.

Bristow is a history professor at UPS, holding the position of Distinguished Professor of History since 2006.

She is also the great-granddaughter of two of the pandemic’s fatalities.

The event will be held at 7 p.m. in Jonasson Hall, in the lower level of Melrose and is free and open to the public.


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