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Science Headlines: Return to Play—Sports in the Time of Coronavirus

August 4, 2020, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

About Science Headlines

Science Headlines are monthly Q&A’s with an expert(s) about a science topic in the headlines. The program may be a rapid response to a breaking topic (i.e., natural disaster), or a deeper dive into a lingering issue (i.e. CRISPR), or a relevant sci-tech issue of interest to a broad population. 

The August 4 program

Professional sports leagues are returning to play in the coming weeks. Several college football camps are also underway, and high school sports will likely soon follow. Join epidemiologist Dr. Zach Binney and infectious disease doctor Gretchen Snoeyenbos Newman, MD, for an exploration of the science issues surrounding return to play during the pandemic. Whether you are an athlete, parent, coach, or simply a fan, this is a must-attend program for anyone concerned (and excited) about the return of live sports.

 The panelists

Zach Binney, PhD, is an epidemiologist and Assistant Professor of Quantitative Theory and Methods at Oxford College of Emory University in Atlanta. He got his MPH and PhD in epidemiology at Emory, as well. He worked in palliative and end of life care for several years before shifting his focus to sports injuries and athlete health during his doctorate, where he wrote his dissertation on NFL injuries. 

Dr. Binney’s research sits at the intersection of sports, statistics, and public health. He also consults for sports groups (including NFL, MLB, and NBA teams), pharmaceutical companies, and media organizations. But teaching is what gets him out of bed in the morning. Most importantly for you all to know: he loves football, bowling, and board games. 


Gretchen Snoeyenbos Newman, MD, is an infectious disease doctor and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Wayne State University in Detroit.  She went to medical school and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Emory University in Atlanta. She did her fellowship in Infectious Disease at University of Washington in Seattle where her research focused on assessment of online curricula and teaching. 

Since the start of the pandemic, she has focused on online education of clinicians and the community addressing COVID-19.  Dr. Snoeyenbos Newman is a founder and editor of covid-101.org, a community-focused website providing quick, simple, doctor-reviewed answers to common COVID questions. She was the Associate Editor of COVID Treatment (https://covid.idea.medicine.uw.edu/), a website focused on providing up-to-date information and teaching slide decks on the most promising COVID treatments.  She is a recovering Patriots fanyou can take the girl out of Massachusetts, but you can’t take the Massachusetts out of the girl.

Accessing the program

This free, livestream program will take place via Zoom. Registration is currently open and will remain open until the event has ended. After you register you will receive an email with a link to join the session. To help us better serve our audiences, we have included some demographic questions in the registration form. Your response to these questions is voluntary but appreciated.  Thank you! 

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The Linda Hall Library encourages people of all backgrounds and abilities to participate in our public programs.  Closed captioning is provided.  If you require additional reasonable accommodations in order to participate, please contact events@lindahall.org or call 816.926.8753 at least 24 hours in advance of the event. 

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The program will also livestream on the Library’s Facebook page.

This program is funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. 
Its content is solely the responsibility of the Linda Hall Library. 



August 4, 2020
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Eric Ward

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