cscThe 2011 film “Contagion” details the rapid global spread of a deadly infectious disease. For those obsessively applying hand sanitizer after a viewing, perhaps a could benefit from a lecture today at the Carnegie Science Center.

University of Pittsburgh professor and virus hunter Dr. Don Burke will speak at the Science Center’s Café Scientifique Monday night at 7 p.m. Dr. Burke will discuss the likelihood of a worldwide epidemic occurring, as well as his role as a consultant on the film “Contagion.”

With his own experience tracking the jump of disease from animals to humans, Dr. Burke will also discuss how scientific advances will help prevent such an outbreak from occurring. Despite the reality that “Contagion” presents to its viewers, it does not present an inevitable situation.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. for the lecture, and includes a question-and-answer session. Admission is free, but online registration for the event is recommended. Visit http://www.carnegitsciencecenter.org/café_pres.html to reserve a spot for the lecture.

-Karin Baker