In today’s episode, Rick and Sam are joined by Dr. Christopher Mayne, Associate Professor of Biology and the Pre-Health Advising Coordinator at Viterbo University, to discuss the COVID-19 vaccine and the Common Good. The conversation starts with the basics: how vaccines work and how they benefit individuals and communities. The discussion broadens to examine vaccine ethics in the global context, in the push to get more Americans vaccinated, and finally, in the debate between public health concerns and private health information. Dr. Mayne closes the conversation by sharing his thoughts on how to communicate better with people who are still hesitant to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Dr. Christopher Mayne is an Associate Professor of Biology and the Pre-Health Advising Coordinator at Viterbo University. Dr. Mayne’s expertise focuses on immunology, and his research centers on the regulation of immune responses, and how abnormalities in immune regulation can lead to autoimmune diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, and lupus. He is the author of numerous articles on immunology, and has spoken on issues relating to the ethics of vaccines and related matters. Dr. Mayne has degrees in biology and chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville; a graduate degree in genetics from the University of Wisconsin; and a postdoctoral fellowship in immunology from the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Sam Scinta is President and Founder of IM Education, a non-profit, and Lecturer in Political Science at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Viterbo University.

Rick Kyte is Endowed Professor and Director of the DB Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership at Viterbo University. 

Music compliments of Bobby Bridger- “Rendezvous” from A Ballad of the West.