Great Minds, Great Ideas Lecture Series to look at history of vaccine development and application

— The 10th season of Cazenovia College’s Great Minds, Great Ideas Lecture Series continues at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the Cazenovia Public Library, when Dr. Barbara Hager, professor of biology and program director of the biology and environmental biology programs at Cazenovia College, offers a brief survey of the history of vaccine development and application, titled “Salk’s Legacy: What’s Poe Got to Do With it?”

Who was Jonas Salk? What is his legacy to the world? Whose shoulders did he rest upon? Why is an entomologist/behavioral ecologist talking about this subject? And just what does Edgar Allen Poe have to do with all of this? Hager will discuss the answers to these questions and more in a brief survey of the history of vaccine development and application.

Hager is broadly educated in biology and brings to Cazenovia College many years of experience in field research and instruction. Courses she teaches include general biology, genetics, zoology and animal behavior. Her favorite fields of study are behavioral ecology and entomology, with a special interest in dragonflies and solitary wasps and bees.

The 2013-14 Great Minds, Great Ideas Lecture Series, which presents two lectures in the fall — September and October — and two lectures in the spring — March and April — features noted Cazenovia College faculty members, stepping off campus and going out into the Cazenovia and Manlius communities. Each presenter will discuss the lives and work of important thinkers who opened doors of opportunity for the human spirit.

The 2013-14 Lecture Series is sponsored by Doris Eversfield Webster, Cazenovia resident and Cazenovia College alumna from the class of 1946.

For more information on the schedule or about each lecture held in Cazenovia and Manlius, visit cazenovia.edu/greatminds or contact Dr. John Livermore, project director of the Great Minds, Great Ideas Faculty Library Lecture Series, at 655-7232.

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