Traveling Smithsonian Outbreak Exhibit is Coming to Lewis

Traveling Smithsonian ‘OUTBREAK: Epidemics in a Connecting World’ is Coming to Lewis University in Romeoville

Published: February 28, 2019.

A unique look into the careers of epidemiologists, veterinarians, and public health workers as they investigate and tackle West Nile virus, HIV/AIDS, Ebola, Influenza and Zika virus will be featured in the “OUTBREAK: Epidemics in a Connecting World”.

      The traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History will be presented in Fall 2019 at Lewis University in Romeoville.

      Students from the Biology Transitions Program, along with biology professors Dr. Marne Bailey and Jeannette Pifer, are preparing hands-on models of various viruses made with the 3D printers located on campus, to feature them at the exhibit as an interactive showcase for the community.

      Dr. Dennis Cremin, history professor and director of the Lewis University History Center, recently offered a workshop to understand the process of developing an effective exhibit. Students learned about choosing the right space to hold an event, how to effectively communicate material through graphic display and about the costs associated with hosting an exhibit.

      Participating students in the Biology Transitions Program include Natasha Cornelious (Romeoville), James Szymanski (Orland Park), Angelica Vega (Justice), Rubab Kazmi (Romeoville), and Fatimah Jabali (Naperville).

      These students are also part of the Biology Transitions Program designed to assist transfer students in the process of acclimating to the four-year university experience. They also receive a Biology Transitions Scholarship.  

Lewis University is an innovative and forward-thinking Catholic university offering market-relevant undergraduate and graduate programs to 6,500 students. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis University is nationally recognized for preparing intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected and socially responsible graduates. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.



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