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Recording of COVID-19 Infections in Austin, Texas

Did you miss our fascinating talk by Emily Javan on COVID-19 infections in Austin, TX, last week? The recording of the lecture and Q&A has now been posted to our YouTube channel! Click here or the image above to hear about how researchers at UT Austin and collaborating institutions are studying COVID-19 infections in and around Austin, TX.

Virtual SUTS! COVID-19 Infections in Austin, TX

Welcome to Science Under the Virtual Stars! This month we’ll be discussing COVID-19 infections in Austin, TX. For activities this month, we are sharing a great e-book resource about COVID-19 for kids and a hand washing activity you can do at home (even adults can be better hand-washers!). We also have our virtual natural history tour of Brackenridge Field Laboratory. The live lecture and Q&A with Emily Javan will be held on February 11th at 7:00 pm CT (UTC -6). The Zoom link is at the end of this post.

A Kid’s Guide to Coronavirus ebook from the American Psychological Association

Hand Washing Activity from Confidence Meets Parenting

Tour of Brackenridge Field Laboratory (13 min)

An illustration created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the structure of the coronavirus now named COVID-19.

Zoom Information for live lecture and Q&A, February 11th at 7:00 pm CT (UTC -6). Note: You must have a (free) Zoom account in order to access this meeting.

Topic: Virtual SUTS! COVID-19 Infections in Austin, Texas
Time: Feb 11, 2021 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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February 11th, Emily Javan

COVID-19 Infections in Austin, Texas

An illustration created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the structure of the coronavirus now named COVID-19.

Please note that for this event, both the lecture and Q&A will be live.

What do we know about our sickest COVID-19 patients? In Austin, TX the sickest patients end up in the hospital where doctors collect their age and where they live. We used this information from 6,444 patients across 5 counties to estimate how many people have been infected with COVID-19 by age group and ZIP code. ZIP codes in East Austin have the most infected residents, while those near Cedar Park have the least. Once we know where our sickest patients live, we can explore why they had such negative health outcomes and think about how to help. In this presentation we’ll discuss where our estimates come from and explore some reasons for one ZIP code to have more COVID-19 infections than another.

The research discussed in this presentation have contributions from the following scientists: Emily Javan, Emily Kushnereit, Briana Betke, Spencer Woody, Remy Pasco, Kelly Pierce, Kaitlyn Johnson, Maureen Johnson-León, Michael Lachmann, Spencer J. Fox, and Lauren Ancel Meyers.

Science Under the Stars has gone virtual! This semester all SUTS activities will be online, but we encourage you to participate outdoors under the stars in your backyard! (If wifi allows for it, of course.) December’s schedule is as follows:

  • February 4th Links to the kids activities and live online lecture/Q&A will be posted here and as an event on our Facebook page.
  • February 11th, 7:00pm CST: Live online lecture and Q&A with the speaker!

Science Under the Stars is a free public outreach lecture series based in Austin, Texas.

February 8 – Spencer Fox

CSI: Disease Detectives

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Between the Ebola epidemic, Zika epidemic, and this year’s bad flu season, it seems every month there is a new disease in the news. Have you ever wondered what public health officials are doing behind the scenes to combat the spread of these diseases? Come on out to Science Under the Stars this February to discover how disease detectives predict and respond to these types of outbreaks, and learn how you can help them out!

Science Under the Stars is a free public outreach lecture series in Austin, Texas. The talk will be held outdoors at Brackenridge Field Laboratory, 2907 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, Texas 78703. Here’s the schedule for this month’s event:

  • 6:30 pm: Food and displays of local animals and plants found at Brackenridge Field Laboratory will be available. Also, meet with our children’s division for fun activities designed for all ages.
  • 7:00 pm: Find a seat and settle in, because the talk begins now!
  • 7:45 pm: Q&A with the speaker.

Samuel Scarpino

Influenza Dynamics and Vaccination in Texas

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From reductions in productivity to severe illness and death, Influenza has a profound impact on our state, country and world.  In addition, recent concerns surrounding Avian Influenza and Swine Origin H1N1 have only served to heighten our sense of insecurity about the emergence of a highly virulent, pandemic flu strain.  Can we predict the spread of flu in Texas?  How are modern vaccines produced and are they safe? Can the effect of a pandemic flu be mitigated?  In this talk I will discuss these questions and present research on the dynamics of flu in Texas, our response to emerging pandemic strains, and the development/safety of vaccines.