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Professor at University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign

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The Constellations and Their Stars
Episode 1 of Our Night Sky Series
Begin your study of the night sky by investigating the origin of the constellations: the traditional groupings of stars that mostly date to antiquity. The well-known constellation Orion illustrates the fascinating mix of beauty, mythology, and scientific knowledge to be…
Bioterrorism: How Worried Should We Be?
Episode 22 of An Introduction to Infectious Diseases Series
Explore the three scenarios that pose the greatest threats in a bioterrorism attack: an airborne agent like anthrax, a smallpox attack, and a release of botulinum toxin in cold drinks. Understand the steps that the CDC takes to protect the…
Bacteria: Heroes and Villains
Episode 2 of An Introduction to Infectious Diseases Series
Start your study of the basic elements of germ theory with bacteria. Once you've inspected the anatomy of a bacterium cell and its function, explore how bacteria can cause disease and how they can adapt to make themselves elusive to…
The Immune System: Our Great Protector
Episode 10 of An Introduction to Infectious Diseases Series
Take a closer look at the intricate components of your body that try to protect you from dangerous infectious diseases. Then, explore immunosenescence--the changes in your immune system as you age--and learn proven ways to keep your immune system strong…
Viruses: Hijackers of Your Body’s Cells
Episode 3 of An Introduction to Infectious Diseases Series
Zoom in to see a particle 100 times smaller than bacteria: the virus, which can replicate inside living cells. Follow the life cycle of a virus as you see what viruses like HIV and Ebola do to host cells. Meet…
The Summer Sky
Episode 11 of Our Night Sky Series
Arching high overhead in the summer sky is the Milky Way, which is the plane of our galaxy seen from the inside. Tour this densely packed region of stars of all types, from dusty regions of star birth to the…
Vaccines Save Lives
Episode 9 of An Introduction to Infectious Diseases Series
From routine childhood vaccinations to the experimental vaccines given to Ebola patients in Africa and the United States, vaccines have a powerful effect on public health. Learn the facts about the four different types of vaccines and their components, and…
Six Decades of Infectious Disease Challenges
Episode 8 of An Introduction to Infectious Diseases Series
Track the history of infectious diseases decade by decade: the easily cured childhood illnesses of the 50s, the diseases spread by risky behaviors in the 60s, and the outbreak of Legionnaires' Disease in the late 70s, followed by the tragedies…
The Fall Sky
Episode 8 of Our Night Sky Series
Navigate your way around the autumn sky from the Northern Hemisphere, discovering how the classical myth of Andromeda ties together the stories of the nearby constellations of Cassiopeia, Perseus, Cepheus, Pegasus, and Cetus. The sights include the Andromeda galaxy, the…
Milestones in Infectious Disease History
Episode 5 of An Introduction to Infectious Diseases Series
Where would we be without the scientists that brought to life the inventions and discoveries that are the foundations of modern medicine? In this lecture, meet some of the people who developed the tools to identify microorganisms, the means to…
Moldy Menaces and Fungal Diseases
Episode 4 of An Introduction to Infectious Diseases Series
Although fungal diseases usually don't involve humans, they can indirectly affect us, and they have played a major role in human history. Investigate diverse infections that can be acquired when you come into contact with mold or fungus--sometimes by raking…
Observing the Planets with a Telescope
Episode 5 of Our Night Sky Series
The rings of Saturn, the bands of Jupiter, the phases of Venus, the polar caps of Mars: these and other planetary features are visible through a small telescope. Learn when viewing opportunities arise for each of the planets and what…
Flesh-Eating Bacteria and Blood Poisoning
Episode 15 of An Introduction to Infectious Diseases Series
Continue your study of the body with infections that affect the skin and bloodstream, including the powerful sepsis infection, which is responsible for 10% of deaths in the United States. Get the facts on necrotizing fasciitis, or "flesh-eating bacteria," and…
Seeing and Navigating the Sky
Episode 2 of Our Night Sky Series
The naked eye is a powerful instrument: if you know how to use it. Learn the best times and conditions for observing, how to identify the positions and magnitudes of stars and planets, how the sky changes over the course…
Outbreak! Contagion! The Next Pandemic!
Episode 24 of An Introduction to Infectious Diseases Series
Using your newly acquired infectious disease knowledge, look into the future and discern what the next pandemic might be--one that would reach all continents quickly, be difficult to treat, be extremely deadly, and perhaps threaten the very survival of the…
The Nemesis of Mankind: HIV and AIDS
Episode 18 of An Introduction to Infectious Diseases Series
More than three decades after the first cases of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) were reported, the global health community is still dealing with a pandemic of 33 million infected people, of which about 3 million are children. Learn the scientific…
The Dynamic World of Infectious Disease
Episode 1 of An Introduction to Infectious Diseases Series
Dive into the fascinating stories behind three notorious diseases: bubonic plague, malaria, and polio. See how scientists of the time were able to discover the causes of these diseases and develop effective treatments. Also, learn why infectious diseases are still…
Antibiotics: A Modern Miracle Lost?
Episode 6 of An Introduction to Infectious Diseases Series
Trace the history of antibiotic development and explore how the eight classes of antibiotics attack bacterial infections. Gain an introduction to the increasingly important concern of antibiotic resistance, and learn how you can contribute to the more prudent use of…
Stay Out of the Hospital!
Episode 17 of An Introduction to Infectious Diseases Series
Go behind the scenes at a hospital, and unveil the truth: what is perceived as a pristine and sterile environment is really bustling with all kinds of germs. Discover why some hospitals forbid their doctors to wear white coats and…
STDs and Other Infections below the Belt
Episode 16 of An Introduction to Infectious Diseases Series
Begin this lecture with a fascinating story of a twist of fate in 1951 that turned out to be one of the most important developments in medical history. Then, study infections that attack the urinary tract and pelvic organs, and…