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UNC Lineberger’s Ralph Baric, PhD.

UNC Lineberger’s Ralph Baric, PhD, a world leader in the study of coronaviruses, delivered the 36th annual Norma Berryhill Distinguished Lecture on Nov. 17, 2020.

Baric, who is a professor in the UNC School of Medicine’s Department of Microbiology and Immunology and the William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology, spoke on epidemic and pandemic coronaviruses of the 21st Century. The video of Baric’s talk is available online.

The Norma Berryhill Distinguished Lecture began in 1985 to honor the medical school’s “most able scientists and scholars.” The lectureship is named after the late Norma Berryhill, whose late husband, Walter Reece Berryhill, MD, was dean of the school from 1941 to 1964. Along with her husband, she is considered the co-founder of UNC’s four-year School of Medicine. While honoring an eminent member of the School of Medicine faculty, the Norma Berryhill Distinguished Lecture series also serves as an occasion to welcome new faculty members in an academic convocation and to further the sense of community created and nurtured by Norma Berryhill.