Interactive Sessions - Kids' Tech University (KTU) at SWVAC    
Dr. Dana Hawley April 16, 2017
Why Do We Stay in Bed When We’re Sick?

An interactive session led by Dr. Dana Hawley

Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech

Most of us behave differently when we’re sick, and other animals are no exception. Why do some animals “hunker down” when they are sick? Why do others act like “zombies” and do things they normally wouldn’t? How do these different behaviors affect the spread of disease? We will discuss the many ways in which infections can change the behavior of animals, and why.

Dr. Dana Hawley is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech. She earned her graduate degree from Cornell University in 2005 and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution from 2005-06. Her research focuses on the ecology of infectious diseases in wild animals (mostly birds), with an emphasis on how animal behavior influences diseases transmission. Dr. Hawley’s research program is currently supported by grants from both the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.

April 2017 - Hands-On Exhibits
After the interactive session the students will be escorted by their parents to have lunch and then to the hands-on portion of the event. There the students will enjoy the experience of interacting with various exhibits.