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The New Normal: Science & Public Health
By nature, scientific research is a slow, steady and self-correcting process, built for the marathon rather than the sprint. Then, COVID-19 arrived. Over the past year, we've witnessed priorities and policies shift on the fly to concentrate on a singular threat - a modern day Manhattan Project or moon landing. Governments fast-tracked emergency authorization for vaccines. Public health officials became household names. Scientists raced to collectively publish tens of thousands of research papers, many of which bypassed peer review altogether. Grant dollars arrived in spades for coronavirus research while other projects were postponed indefinitely, perhaps never to be resumed. The long-term effects of this disruptive year of COVID on the scientific enterprise may not be fully realized for a decade.

In the first in our forthcoming set of episodes previewing the "New Normal," we'll be joined by Dr. Harvey V. Fineberg, President of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, to talk about how the medical and scientific world will shift as we eventually move beyond the pandemic. What has changed for scientists in terms of funding, research focus, public trust, misinformation, and the place of science in our society? And what are his hopes for the future once COVID-19 recedes?

Be sure to send in your questions for Dr. Fineberg in advance or live during the broadcast, which will be simulcast on the Institute's Facebook and YouTube channels. This free public webinar is a collaboration of the Colorado School of Public Health, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and the Institute for Science & Policy.

Feb 24, 2021 08:30 AM in Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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