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Gloria Chan-Sook Kim: predicting pandemics


The Society for the Humanities' annual Public Lecture on Sustainable Futures features David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future 2016-17 Fellow Gloria Chan-Sook Kim, April 26 at 4:30 p.m. in A.D. White House, cosponsored with the Atkinson Center.

In “Sightlines & Flightlines: Visualizing Uncertainty & Anticipating Avian Flu Pandemics,” Kim examines the use of migratory birds in data visualization technologies developed to foresee and forestall possible avian flu pandemics. Drawing on theories of risk, uncertainty, visualization and mediation, she tracks a shift in the making of scientific evidence in the 21st century – one that loosens the customary bind between sight and knowledge, establishing instead a relation between sight and foresight.

Chan-Sook Kim’s research analyzes the political, cultural, ecological, technological and economic projects that take place around emerging infections. She is writing a book on the premediation of emerging infectious diseases and is conducting research on the mapping of the global microbiome.

- Daniel Aloi