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Facebook Live: Infectious Disease Portrayals in Pop Culture

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Leshner Leadership fellows 2017-18 Facebook Live
Ina Park (left), Sheena Cruickshank, Anthony Wilson and Emily Cloyd participate in a June 15, 2017, Facebook Live chat on infectious disease portrayals in popular culture. | AAAS

Infectious diseases are a frequent topic in movies (here’s a round-up of infectious disease movies and here’s another one), the CDC has used zombies to talk about infectious disease and disaster preparedness, and infotainment has flamed fears of Ebola. Join a Facebook Live chat about why infectious diseases are so often the topic of pop culture discussions; what movies, books, and other pop culture gets right and wrong about infectious disease; and how scientists can use pop culture as a jumping-off point for public engagement. The chat will be broadcast live on the AAAS Facebook page.

Facebook Live: Infectious Disease Portrayals in Pop Culture
Date: Thu., June 15
Time: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. EDT
URL: AAAS Facebook page


  • Sheena Cruickshank, Senior Lecturer in Immunology and Academic Lead for Public Engagement, University of Manchester
  • Ina Park, Medical Consultant, Division of STD Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Associate Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of California San Francisco School of Medicine; Medical Director, California Prevention Training Center
  • Anthony Wilson, Group Leader, Integrative Entomology Group, The Pirbright Institute

This Facebook Live event is part of the AAAS Leshner Leadership Institute, a year-long fellowship program that helps scientists improve their science communication and public engagement skills.