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W&M ‘Community Conversation’ to feature college alum, including Moderna chief scientific officer

William & Mary's Community Conversation will feature college alum including the chief scientific officer of platform research at Moderna. (WYDaily/William & Mary Facebook)
William & Mary’s Community Conversation will feature college alums including the chief scientific officer of platform research at Moderna. (WYDaily/William & Mary Facebook)

William & Mary’s next Community Conversation is slated for Thursday evening.

A typical conversation lasts anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour. The series’ last episode was in November 2020.

The event is virtual and open to the public.

“The next Community Conversation with President Katherine Rowe will explore the different ways students, faculty, staff, and alumni are taking positive action to improve the lives of others during the pandemic,” according to the event description. “Amid so much uncertainty in our world, their work brings renewed hope for greater unity and a brighter future.”

Melissa Moore ’84 is chief scientific officer of platform research at Moderna and one of several college alums who will chat with Rowe about the pandemic.

Other participants include:

  • Cara Simpson M.B.A. ’21, co-founder of CrimDell Small Business Network
  • Ghana Smith M.B.A. ’21, financial systems analyst at W&M
  • Stephen Tang ’82, CEO and president of OraSure Technologies, Inc.
  • Dr. Kelebogile Zvobgo, director of the International Justice Lab at the Global Research Institute

W&M had originally scheduled a Community Conversation with Dr. Anthony Fauci for Jan. 26 which was postponed due to a scheduling conflict.

“It takes all of us — individually doing our part, collectively united in purpose — to create change that will last a lifetime,” the W&M announcement noted. “Tune in and you will not only be inspired, you will want to be part of the action.”

The William & Mary Community Conversation is Thursday, Feb. 4 at 6:30 p.m.


Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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