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Lima City Schools students learn about past pandemics as science series continues

January 21, 2021

Students from the Lima City Schools will be learning more about pandemics of the past when the sixth installment of Stardust: The William Fowler Science Series continues on January 26, 2021. The focus of the 2020-2021 series is infectious disease and pandemics.

Ohio State Lima’s Associate Professor of History Chip Blake will discuss his research on local responses to diseases like yellow fever, smallpox and influenza across the years in the Americas. Blake’s research interests include the history of medicine and public health in the Americas with an emphasis on Brazil.

Chip Blake

Blake’s presentation will focus on pandemics in the Americas and pick up on some of the themes begun in November 2020 when Dr. Andrew Wapner, clinical assistant professor in Ohio State’s College of Public Health, talked about “Public Health and Pandemics.”

Students from South Science and Technology Magnet and Lima Senior High School will also learn more about another epidemic from both a personal and clinical perspective. Mercy Health’s Timothy M. Mosher, CNP primary care-family medicine, will talk about his experience as a nurse in Africa during an Ebola outbreak.

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.”

Lima City Schools students learn about past pandemics as science series continuesFowler 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.