Shifting Landscapes November 8

Gain deeper insight into the science behind vaccines with the Monday, November 8th session of Shifting Landscapes. The free lecture series continues with “Vaccines: How Good is the Science?” with featuring John Quiring, Ph.D. in Mathematics and Biostatistics.

Join the lecture in person, starting at 7:00 pm at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts. You may also attend via Zoom. To preregister and receive emails with additional reading and study materials, fill out this form.

For further information, you may also contact Mason County District Library librarian Thomas Trahey at or Abondia Center member Brooke Portmann at

Shifting Landscapes is sponsored by the Mason County District Library and the nonprofit Abondia Center.

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Press Release:

Library, Abondia Shifting Landscapes Series to Focus on Vaccines Nov 8

        Mason County District Library and Abondia Center now turn to the process for approving vaccines in the public lecture series “Shifting Landscapes” on Monday November 8, with “Vaccines: How Good is the Science?” at 7-8:30 pm at the Ludington Center for Arts, and on Zoom, featuring John Quiring, Ph.D. in Mathematics and Biostatistics.

        Science is the second topic in the Shifting Landscapes series. The 2021-2022 series is exploring six areas of our lives that have been reshaped by or during the Covid-19 epidemic and the many events that have occurred in the past 20 months.

        For over 45 years, Dr. John Quiring has been a consultant to the companies which make submissions to the Food and Drug Administration through his company Abond CRO, Inc. He has directed the clinical study design, data collection, statistical analysis and report preparation for over 80 drugs and devices that have obtained FDA approval. 

        John Quiring will present the science behind the approval of products that are regulated by the FDA. The overall general clinical data requirements which form the basis of an NDA (New Drug Approval) submission will be described. Examples taken from the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine FDA submission will be used to illustrate the scientific basis needed for product approval. 

        In asking questions about the nature of science, vaccines, and the course of the pandemic, Shifting Landscapes’ series hopes to address questions on people’s minds. And it hopes the information also helps them get more from news sources as well as their health professionals and others about science that matters to them.

        Shifting Landscapes returns on Monday November 15, with “Epidemiology: Why Does the Course of Disease Matter?” at 7-8:30 pm at the Ludington Center for Arts, and on Zoom, featuring Kenneth Dudley, M.D., assistant professor of medicine at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, and Jordan Powell, MPH, epidemiologist, District Health Dept #10.

        There will be no sessions in December but Shifting Landscapes will start again January 10 focusing on education, including the 1619 Project (Jan10), Critical Race Theory (Jan 17), and Teaching Difficult Truths to Children and Youth (Jan 24).

        Events are free, live or by Zoom. Tickets are not necessary but registration is helpful. To register: For information check the Mason County District Library website: or contact Thomas Trahey, Mason County District Library at or Brooke Portmann, director of Abondia Center, at

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