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COVID Conversations: Is it Our Civic Duty to Get Vaccinated?

February 25 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST

(Link will go live on 2/25/2021)

Are the COVID vaccines safe? Should institutions mandate vaccination of their employees and students? How can we effectively encourage others to get vaccinated – and should we? These are just some of the questions we can discuss together in this Community Conversation that focuses on the COVID vaccines. Your host, Dr. Jason Diaz, will invite participants to field their questions, big and small, and encourage a healthy dialogue around these powerful new tools. Dr. Diaz, who is a virologist and teaches courses in biotechnology at La Salle University, has been featured on local Philadelphia news as an expert commentator on COVID vaccines, has participated in a COVID vaccine panel discussion for LGBTQ+ communities moderated by the renown drag queen Chad Michaels, and continues to be an advocate for vaccine education and science outreach. He is an experienced facilitator and known for engaging general audiences in exciting conversations about technical topics.

Jason Diaz has a B.S in Biochemistry from Ithaca College, and earned his Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Diaz's thesis work with Dr. Jianxin You investigated the molecular virology of a recently discovered tumor virus, Merkel Cell Polyomavirus. His postdoctoral work as a Penn-PORT fellow with Dr. Kim Gallagher, also at the University of Pennsylvania, blended research in plant developmental biology and cell biology with training in evidence-based teaching methods and STEM advocacy for underrepresented minorities. He is an Assistant Professor in the Integrated Science, Business, and Technology (ISBT) department at La Salle University. This unique program explores technology development with an entrepreneurial and design lens. Dr. Diaz teaches biotechnology courses that explore gene modification technologies, advanced tissue culture techniques, and vaccine development and other technologies for managing infectious diseases. He also regularly participates in various science outreach activities both on campus and in the local community.


February 25
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST
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