Gondek, who has taught at IC since 2011, plans to take full advantage of Zoom technology to break out his classes into smaller groups to encourage student discussions, debates and participation. He’s particularly excited about teaching the Plagues and People course for the first time ever at the college. The timely course, as explained by Gondek, will be a blend of history and biology and focus on how plagues throughout recorded human history — from ancient pandemics right up to Covid-19 — have made a social, political and economic impact on populations.
“As scientists we face challenges and then are asked to go in and fix the problem. Covid-19 is a major challenge, but it is something we can figure out how to deal with by thinking creatively,” says Gondek, who is on the college's 17-member Public Health Task Force, which includes a 6-member Health and Safety Advisory Group, of which he is also a member.