Summer Institute instructor warns of ‘outbreak culture’

An instructor for the Boston University Summer Journalism Institute argued in the pages of Boston Globe and the website STAT that “outbreak culture” can derail efforts to stop the spread of deadly infectious disease.

Lara Salahi, with co-author Pardi Sabeti, wrote: “An outbreak of an infectious disease creates a crucible in which forces are melded in an intense, high-stakes, pressure-filled environment. The situation is volatile, oftentimes unclear and rapidly evolving, and the pathogen may be life-threatening. The scenario is a test of humanity and our response to unpredictability. We often fail.”

Lara will return this summer to the institute, teaching high school students core journalism skills while they experience campus life and explore Boston. Applications are now open.