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In January and February 2022, spectrUM is teamed up with the Association of Science and Technology Centers to offer a series of free, public events - virtual and in-person - designed to educate and engage with our community about the Covid-19 vaccine.

Communities for Immunity Days at spectrUM and EmPower Place

The public joined spectrUM Discovery Area for our Communities for Immunity Day events, where they could explore hands-on science activities with spectrUM and Families First Learning Lab, meet UM health science researchers, and receive your Covid-19 vaccine at a pop-up clinic led by Curry Health Center. 

  • Jan. 27, 2022, from 2-6 pm at spectrUM, 455 E Main Street

  • Feb. 17, 20222 from 2-6 pm at EmPower Place, 1720 Wyoming Street

Virtual Panel with Rocky Mountain Labs Scientists

Thursday, February 17, 2022, 4-5pm

Scientists from NIH's Rocky Mountain Laboratories discussed their research on infectious diseases, including Covid-19, and answer audience questions. RML's Katelyn Andersen will moderate a discussion with:

  • Dr. Marshall Bloom (Associate Director for Scientific Management)

  • Dr. Catherine (Katy) Bosio (Chief of the Immunology to Pulmonary Pathogens Section)

  • Dr. Andrea Marzi (Chief of the Immunobiology and Molecular Virology Unit)

  • Dr. Karin Peterson (Chief of the Neuroimmunology Section)

Click here to learn more about the panelists.

The Science of Covid-19: Talk and Q&A with Dr. Doug Coffin

Tuesday, February 1st, 2022 5-6pm

Cooper Event Space, 4th floor of the Missoula Public Library

Dr. Coffin lead a discussion on the biology of the SARSCoV2 virus and how it caused the Covid-19 pandemic. This discussion considered strategies to manage the pandemic and the advantages of vaccination to reduce viral spread and Covid-19 severity.

Dr. Douglas Coffin is a Professor of Molecular Genetics at the University of Montana, Skaggs School of Pharmacy, where he teaches Pathophysiology and Pharmacology including lectures on Covid-19.

Learn more about this event.

Communities for Immunity is led by the Association of Science and Technology Centers and the American Alliance of Musuems and is made possible with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.