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March 24, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Today’s topic is “Silent Travelers: Prejudices Arising From Diseases Brought From the Old Country”, presented by Dr. Stephen Baird. This talk will examine how various American epidemics in the 18th to early 20th century were thought to be caused by immigrants such as the Irish, Italians, Jews and Chinese. We will discuss how these ideas arose, what the true facts were and how assimilation eventually and gradually removed these immigrants from suspicion as causative agents in disease.
Dr. Stephen Baird graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Biology and from Stanford University School of Medicine. He is an Emeritus Professor of Clinical Pathology at UCSD School of Medicine. He received the highly respected Distinguished Teaching Award from the University’s Academic Senate and the UCSD Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, as well as three UCSD Medical School Kaiser Teaching Awards. He has also spent a good deal of time studying creation stories, Biblical and modern (evolution), as well as the genetics of human diseases and the genetic variations found in all modern human beings. His interests in genealogy relate to how family trees could be used to study inheritance of various traits, both normal and disease processes. Based on his love of music and science he has written many scientific folk songs, now performed on CD.
New Society meeting format: 9:00 am Coffee Social; 9:30 am Society News, Sharing and Case Studies; 10:00 am Break; 10:15 am Speaker Presentation. Note: The afternoon sessions that have traditionally met on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, known as the Business and Sharing Meetings, have now been integrated with the morning meetings. There will no longer be a monthly afternoon meeting on the 2nd Tuesday.