Science Pub Corvallis offers thought-provoking presentations along with good food and drink in an informal atmosphere. Interact with experts, ask silly questions and leave feeling more nourished and knowledgeable. No scientific background is required – just bring your curiosity, sense of humor and appetite!

The Pandemic That We Were Not Prepared For:

The science, politics and the future of pandemics and our life

Oct. 12, 2020
Speaker: Chunhuei Chi, MPH, Sc.D.
Professor, Global Health Program
Professor, Health System and Policy Program
Director, Center of Global Health
College of Public Health & Human Sciences, Oregon State University

The COVID-19 pandemic caught most nations off guard and racked havoc with massive mortality and morbidity, while also causing major economic damage and disruption of our life and work. At the same time, countries responded to this pandemic with wide-ranging variations in policies and attitudes resulting in very different outcomes.

This presentation will focus on analyzing the differences in country policy response and consequences. After a brief introduction of the nature of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the COVID-19 pandemic it causes, and how it spread from China to all over the world, Chi will review effective pandemic control policies that some nations have implemented with a high level of success and outcomes. Further, Chi will analyze key social-political factors that help us to explain the variations in national responses. Finally, we will look into the strategies of how we can control this global pandemic effectively, what post-COVID-19 world may be lying ahead for us, and how we may prepare for it or reshape it.

Reminders and a link to the event will be sent via email.


  Held on the second Monday of the month in Corvallis, Oregon, Science Pub is sponsored by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, the Downtown Corvallis Association and Oregon State University.

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  Podcasts of previous Corvallis Science Pub events on topics such as “Technology in the Fields” and “From Wolves to the Warning to Humanity: Facing the Environmental Crisis through Science” are available.

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