At the August 26, Science and Engineering Fellowship, the guest speaker was Richard (Dick) Bowen, D.V.M., Ph.D. from Colorado State University.  Dr. Bowen was recently recognized with a lifetime achievement award for his research.  He outlined several of his studies, mostly conducted in the past few years.  He described how he created a "barnyard" consisting of mixed animals to study the spread of avian influenza.  He told of far-flung travels to study MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) and studies in camels.  He outlined laboratory studies using exotic species such as alligators and snakes to study virus spread and persistence.  He concluded with a description of the intense work his team is doing on SARS-CoV-2, including interesting data regarding animals, such as cats, dogs, mice, hamsters, prairie dogs and others as possible reservoirs for this virus.  There were 14 people in attendance, and several good questions from the audience.