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Lima City Schools students focus on pandemics for 2020 science series

Fowler Science Series 2020

While they won’t be making their traditional visit to the labs of The Ohio State University at Lima this year, students from the Lima City Schools are hitting on a timely topic as part of their experience with Stardust 2020: The William Fowler Science Series. The focus of the sixth annual series is infectious disease and pandemics.

As part of the science series, Dr. Andrew Wapner, clinical assistant professor in Ohio State’s College of Public Health, will speak to the students at 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, November 10, via Zoom. His topic is Public Health and Pandemics.

South Science and Technology Magnet eighth graders in the Project Lead the Way program have been learning about patient vital signs and symptoms such as temperature, blood pressure and the central nervous system. They are currently making neurons and will then move on to learning about the brain and how brain tumors are diagnosed. Their final unit will be about how to diagnose a food outbreak. That unit will include students doing contact tracing.

Approximately 100 students from Lima Senior High school in achievement biology and environmental science will also participate in the talk on November 10.
Following the keynote address, a panel of Ohio State Lima students will talk about their paths to the sciences and how current middle and high school students can follow them.

The science series will continue in January when Ohio State Lima history professor Chip Blake will focus on pandemics from a historical perspective. His research interest includes the history of medicine and public health in the Americas.

More about Andrew Wapner

Keynote speaker Andrew Wapner is the director of the Center for Public Health Practice, the director of the Master of Public Health Program for Experienced Professionals and a clinical assistant professor in Ohio State’s College of Public Health. Dr. Wapner brings his expertise as a pediatrician and former state public health official to develop partnerships between academic public health and communities. Learn more.

More about Stardust: The William Fowler Science Series

Lima is the hometown of one of the world’s most famous astrophysicists. William A. Fowler won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1983 for his efforts to show how all the natural elements in the Periodic Table are forged under extreme conditions across the course of a star’s lifetime.

Stardust: The William Fowler Science Series honors Fowler’s achievements and is a collaboration between the City of Lima, the Lima City Schools and The Ohio State University at Lima. The focus of the fifth annual series is the periodic table of elements, an essential component of Fowler’s research. Previous topics include astrophysics, cancer research, symbiotic relationships, animation and the periodic table.

“It is a wonderful fact that Dr. Fowler grew up in Lima, was educated in the Lima City Schools and at the Ohio State University,” said Lima Mayor David Berger. “And working together — Ohio State, the Lima City Schools and the city — we have decided to showcase that fact in order to emphasize the incredible, literally mind-blowing, opportunities created by education.”

Fowler grew up in Lima and attended Horace Mann Grade School and Lima Central High School. He went on to graduate from The Ohio State University before moving to the California Institute of Technology to continue his groundbreaking work in the new field of astrophysics. His theory of the formation of the chemical elements in the universe forms the basis of our knowledge in this field, according to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in the original announcement of Fowler’s Nobel Prize.

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