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Outbreak Honors Class in Atlanta

March 5, 2018

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Students in the Outbreak Honors class traveled to Atlanta, Georgia to explore infectious diseases. The Outbreak class is taught by Dr. Steve Coggin and explores the history and future of disease.  First, seventeen students and three faculty members visited the lab of Dr. Sam Brown at Georgia Tech.  Dr. Brown, his research associates and students gave an overview of their work on the evolution of infectious disease agents. The group also visited the Centers for Disease Control for a tour of the David J. Sencer Museum where they learned the history of that organization’s research and responses to outbreaks of disease ranging from malaria to Ebola. The Outbreak class also examines the role of infectious disease in popular culture. To purse this idea the class  went to the small town of Senoia, Georgia where the Walking Dead television series is filmed. They got to see where many key scenes in the shows eight seasons took place. The tour guide strongly resembled Andrew Lincoln who plays the protagonist, Rick Grimes, on the long running show. 

Students who traveled to Georgia are Luke Carter, Sarah Grace Cuthbert, Taylor Fair, Brooke Freeman, Amber Hand, Zach Johnson, Heidi Mueller, Kiersten Nichols, Michaela Patterson, Skylar Riddle, Kelly Sandoval, Sydney Smith, Macayla Upright, Liam Wallace, Addie Watson and Hope Woods.  Faculty members traveling with the class were Drs. Steve Coggin, Carmony Hartwig and ChaMarra Saner. 

Photos by Steven Coggin