Wayne Magee
Wayne Magee

Ebola infections in Africa have been a major news story for months. It is the worst Ebola outbreak ever, with dire predictions about the number of victims succumbing to this infection.

The Ebola epidemic and the Ebola virus will be discussed at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 19) by Academy Village resident Wayne Edward Magee, Ph.D., Adjunct Research Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology at  the University of Arizona and W.R. Nes Professor of Bioscience Emeritus at Drexel University.

Topics in Wednesday’s Arizona Senior Academy presentation include statistics about the epidemic, origins of Ebola, methods of contagion, effects of the virus on the human body, and possible treatments. He will also speak about the composition and characteristics of Ebola virus and implications of the genetic mutations found in the present strain.

Magee is a graduate of Kalamazoo College and received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. He has done research in molecular virology, liposomes, hybridomas and has been an avid educator.

Improving science education for undergraduates has been one of Magee’s major interests, and he has implemented several innovative educational programs and approaches in his field.

Academy Village is an active-adult community located off Old Spanish Trail six miles southeast of Saguaro National Park East.  Its residents support the Arizona Senior Academy, a non-profit charitable organization whose mission includes offering free concerts and lectures to the public.

Written by Robert Smith, Academy Village Volunteer

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Biologist to Discuss the Ebola Epidemic: Nov. 2014
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