23 Events

Study Group - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Exploring Science Communication with Dr. Syra Madad: A Two-Part Study Group

Wed., Mar. 20, 2024 - Wed., Mar. 27, 2024

Taubman Building - Nye A, 5th Floor

Join Dr. Syra Madad for an engaging two-part study group focused on the art and science of science communication. In this series, we delve into the importance of effectively communicating scientific concepts, especially in an era rife with misinformation and disinformation. The sessions will explore strategies for translating complex scientific information into accessible language, engaging diverse audiences, and combating misinformation in the public sphere. Part One will lay the foundational understanding of science communication principles, including audience analysis, message framing, and storytelling in science. Part Two will feature guest experts from the field, offering insights from their experiences and advanced techniques in science communication. These sessions are ideal for aspiring science communicators, educators, researchers, and anyone interested in bridging the gap between science and society. 

Session 1: March 20th 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM 

Session 2: March 27th 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM 

Light refreshments, coffee, and tea will be served during each session. 

Please register here. This is an IN-PERSON event. You must have a Harvard ID to attend.

Seminar - Open to the Public

Belfer Center | Diversity in STEM with Dr. Syra Madad and Dr. Mark Kortepeter

Thu., Dec. 21, 2023 | 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Online

About the series: The Diversity in STEM series developed and moderated by Dr. Syra Madad highlights leaders in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). The aim of the series is to recognize the diversity in STEM and highlight various accomplishments and contributions by leaders in STEM fields while educating and empowering the youth, providing valuable advice, and sharing pearls of wisdom.

Join Belfer Fellow Dr. Syra Madad and Dr. Mark Kortepeter, retired Colonel for the US Army, infectious disease and public health physician, in conversation to discuss his nonfiction thriller memoir of his experiences managing biodefense crises, “Inside the Hot Zone: A Soldier on the Front Lines of Biological Warfare."

Portion of a H5N1 description in a textbook

Feng Yu

Seminar - Open to the Public

Understanding the Threat of Bird Flu (H5N1)

Thu., Dec. 7, 2023 | 11:00am - 12:00pm

Online

The ongoing global highly pathogenic avian influenza A(H5N1) or bird flu outbreaks in animals and sporadic infections in people highlight the need for ongoing comprehensive surveillance and global public health preparedness. The 2.3.4.4b clade of HPAI A(H5N1) viruses has spread globally, resulting in a record number of outbreaks among various bird populations. Since January 2022, over 17,000 animal outbreaks have been reported to the World Organization for Animal Health by 80 member countries. In the United States, between January 2022 through October 24, 2023, USDA APHIS detected H5N1 virus in over 7,350 wild birds across all 50 U.S. states or territories and in 862 commercial and backyard flocks in 47 states or territories. Additionally, from May 2022 through October 2023, H5N1 was identified in 200 mammals of 20 different species across 26 states or territories in the U.S. The current threat assessment to the public is low however, due to the viruses' potential for rapid evolution and its widespread presence in wild birds and poultry, ongoing vigilance is important. Join moderator Dr. Syra Madad and a panel of experts to discuss the threat of the H5N1 bird flu virus. 

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Belfer Center | Women in STEM with Shohini Ghose and Syra Madad

Tue., Oct. 17, 2023 | 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Taubman Building - Nye B, 5th Floor

This event is now fully virtual.

About this series: The Women in STEM series developed and moderated by Dr. Syra Madad highlights women leaders in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) who are nationally recognized scientists. The aim of the series is to recognize the various accomplishments and contributions of women in STEM fields while educating and empowering young women, providing valuable advice, and sharing pearls of wisdom. Join Belfer Fellow Dr. Syra Madad in conversation with Dr. Shohini Ghose.

While this event is on the record, the event organizers prohibit any attendees, including journalists, from audio/visual recording or distributing parts or all of the event program without prior written authorization.

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Seminar - Open to the Public

Advancements and Challenges in Biosafety and Biosecurity Oversight in the United States

Thu., Oct. 5, 2023 | 10:00am - 11:00am

Online

The life sciences are fundamental to driving scientific progress, benefiting everything from public health to agriculture and environmental preservation. Yet, it is vital to recognize and mitigate potential risks, especially in the realms of biosafety and biosecurity. Join us for a discussion with moderator, Dr. Syra Madad with a panel of experts as we dive into the nuances of research oversight policies such as the policies for oversight of Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC) and the Potential Pandemic Pathogen Care and Oversight (P3CO) Policy Framework. 

Seminar - Open to the Public

Belfer Center | Diversity in STEM with Dr. Syra Madad and Andy Slavitt

Thu., Apr. 13, 2023 | 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Online

About the series: The Diversity in STEM series developed and moderated by Dr. Syra Madad highlights leaders in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). The aim of the series is to recognize the diversity in STEM and highlight various accomplishments and contributions by leaders in STEM fields while educating and empowering the youth, providing valuable advice, and sharing pearls of wisdom.

 Join Belfer Fellow Dr. Syra Madad and Andy Slavitt, former White House Senior Advisor for Covid Response, in conversation to discuss his book "Preventable: The Inside Story of How Leadership Failures, Politics, and Selfishness Doomed the U.S. Coronavirus Response."

While this virtual event is on the record, the event organizers prohibit any attendees, including journalists, from audio/visual recording or distributing parts or all of the event program without prior written authorization.

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Seminar - Open to the Public

Belfer Center | Diversity in STEM with Dr. Syra Madad

Thu., Mar. 9, 2023 | 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Online

About the series: The Diversity in STEM series developed and moderated by Dr. Syra Madad highlights leaders in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). The aim of the series is to recognize the diversity in STEM and highlight various accomplishments and contributions by leaders in STEM fields while educating and empowering the youth, providing valuable advice, and sharing pearls of wisdom.

 Join Belfer Fellow Dr. Syra Madad, Dr. Chethan Sathya and Joshua Horwitz with an introduction from Belfer Student Fellow Muska Fazilat to discuss gun violence being a public health issue.

While this virtual event is on the record, the event organizers prohibit any attendees, including journalists, from audio/visual recording or distributing parts or all of the event program without prior written authorization.

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Seminar - Open to the Public

Belfer Center | Women in STEM Roundtable

Thu., Mar. 9, 2023 | 10:00am - 12:00pm

Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

Please join the Belfer Center for a Women in STEM Roundtable event with Belfer Fellow Dr. Syra Madad, Talia Milgrom-Elcott, Dr. Nahid Bhadelia, Lori Garver, Dr. Denise N. Baken, Penny Rogers Collins, and Deena Pierott in conversation on Thursday, March 9 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM in the Belfer Library (L369) and on Zoom, followed by lunch and networking from 12:00-1:00 PM in the Belfer Library (L369).

This event will bring together leaders in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) to discuss the vital role women and girls play in all paths of STEM. Speakers will share their respective professional journeys and how their work and research has helped address many of today’s most pressing challenges.

This event is hybrid. In-person participation is open to HUID holders only.

First Aid worker screening for body temperature

Anna Dubuis / DFID

Seminar - Open to the Public

2022 Uganda Ebola Outbreak: Situational Awareness

Wed., Dec. 7, 2022 | 4:00pm - 5:00pm

The 2022 Ebola outbreak caused by the Sudan virus in Uganda has been challenging and further complicating the country’s recovery efforts from COVID-19. This seminar will cover how Uganda has handled the outbreak that began in September 2022, its effect on the country’s social and economic recovery, and how global public health institutions are assisting in combating this new outbreak.

Join Belfer Fellow Dr. Syra Madad in conversation with Dr. Amy Boore, Dr. Henry Kyobe, Dr. Joel Montomery, and Corti Paul Lakuma.

While this virtual event is on the record, the event organizers prohibit any attendees, including journalists, from audio/visual recording or distributing parts or all of the event program without prior written authorization.

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Seminar - Open to the Public

Belfer Center | Diversity in STEM with Dr. Syra Madad and Dr. Eric Topol

Wed., Nov. 9, 2022 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Online

About the series: The Diversity in STEM series developed and moderated by Dr. Syra Madad highlights leaders in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). The aim of the series is to recognize the diversity in STEM and highlight various accomplishments and contributions by leaders in STEM fields while educating and empowering the youth, providing valuable advice, and sharing pearls of wisdom. Join Belfer Fellow Dr. Syra Madad and Dr. Eric Topol in conversation.

While this virtual event is on the record, the event organizers prohibit any attendees, including journalists, from audio/visual recording or distributing parts or all of the event program without prior written authorization.