Honors Program Rapid Response Salon on COVID-19

In partnership with the Ithaca College Honors program, join faculty and alumni experts in our latest Rapid Response Salon—an ongoing conversation that focuses on various issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Gain insight by participating in an engaging live format meant to provide expert commentary.

Biotechnology, Evolution, Virology

Friday, May 22, 2020
11 a.m. (EST)

Register: https://ithaca.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_t4358VfJRGqFxm0kG3wgig


Dr. Kari Brossard Stoos, Associate Professor, Health Promotion and Physical Education

Dr. Scott Werneke ’06, Clinical Scientist, Exelixis

Dr. Brooks Miner, Assistant Professor of Biology

Moderated by Dr. Stewart Auyash, Associate Professor and Chair, Health Promotion and Physical Education


Dr. Kari Brossard Stoos is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education at Ithaca College. Her teaching and research focus on pathophysiology of chronic and infectious diseases, infection control, bacterial resistance, and service-learning in health. Her teaching emphasizes story-telling by integrating science with human narratives to increase students’ capacity for social responsibility. She is part of a collaborative team developing a rapid test to detect pathogen contamination in seafood. Additionally, she is a co-investigator engaged in international research concerning primate health and development of conservation strategies.

Dr. Scott Werneke ‘06 is a Clinical Scientist at Exelixis, where he runs clinical trials in oncology. He earned his Ph.D. in immunology from Washington University in St. Louis, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institut Pasteur in Paris. In 2015, Scott joined Genentech in the San Francisco Bay Area as a Senior Scientific Researcher in Cancer Immunotherapy, with an emphasis on immune cell trafficking and drug discovery. Following his time at Genentech, Scott led cross-functional teams as a Project Manager at Tecan Genomics.

Dr. Brooks Miner is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Ithaca College, where he conducts research on the ecology, evolution, and physiology of organisms that inhabit lakes and ponds. His broad interests as an educator have led him to develop interdisciplinary courses about topics such as the human relationship with alcohol and the environmental history of Alaska. He has co-authored thirteen peer-reviewed scientific articles, has contributed chapters to the bestselling undergraduate textbook Evolutionary Analysis, and has published data journalism articles for the website FiveThirtyEight.


Previous salons

Inequality, Public Health, Racism

Friday, May 15, 2020 

11 a.m. (EST)

Dr. Belisa González, Associate Professor, Sociology and Director, Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity
Dr. Judy Griffin, Primary Care Physician, REACH Medical, Ithaca, New York
Yolanda Clarke, Manager of Tutoring Services and Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education
Moderated by Dr. Shaianne Osterreich, Associate Professor, Economics

Education, Students, Teaching

May 8, 2020
11 a.m. (EST)


Dr. Nia Nunn, Associate Professor, Education
Mariah Allaire ‘13, middle school teacher, West Buffalo Charter School, Buffalo, New York
Jeff Selingo ’95, author

Moderated by Dr. Jonathan Ablard, Associate Professor, History

Crisis, Elections, Muckraking

May 1, 2020  11 a.m. (EST)


Dr. Thomas Shevory, Professor, Politics and Co-director, Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival  
Rodrigo Brandao ’01, Director of Communications, The Intercept
Dr. Zillah Eisenstein, Professor Emeritus, Politics, writer, activist

Moderated by Raza Ahmed Rumi, Director, Park Center for Independent Media