Panel of professors, health care professionals to discuss COVID-19

COVID-19 panel

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville will host a panel of experts to discuss the latest information regarding the coronavirus and vaccine. The event – COVID-19: Vaccines, Variants and Community Health – will take place virtually on Thursday, March 11, from 5–6:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. 

“There is a tangible hunger in the community for up-to-date, accurate information regarding COVID-19, the coronavirus that causes it, variants and vaccination roll-out,” said Dr. Wayne Weber, dean of UW-Platteville’s College of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture and organizer of the event. “Understanding that this continues to be a fluid situation, the webinar is an opportunity to hear from healthcare, community health and university professionals about the vaccines, efficacy and evolving COVID-19 status in the Tri-State area. It is also a chance for community members to ask professionals, directly, questions regarding the pandemic and community health. We’re really excited to bring this event to the Tri-State region.”

The panelists include Dr. Ryan Haasl, associate professor of biology at UW-Platteville; Jeff Kindrai, director for the Grant County Health Department; Dr. Chris Mayne, UW-Platteville alumnus and associate professor of biology at Viterbo University; Dr. Lauren Prister, assistant professor of biology at UW-Platteville; Mike Roy, a retired professional with 50 years of experience working in the field of infectious diseases, with 30 of those years spent developing vaccines; and Dr. Jeff White, a physician at Medical Associates. The panel discussion will be moderated by Dr. Rich Dhyanchand, associate professor of biology at UW-Platteville.

“In these times of uncertainty resulting from a pandemic, it can be hard to know who to trust,” said Dr. Amanda Trewin, professor and chair of the Biology Department and co-organizer of the event. “We are excited to connect people with regional professionals who will share accurate information regarding the science and policies associated with COVID-19.”

For more information about the event, panelists and how to register, visit A recording of the event will be made available for viewing.