The COVID-19 pandemic has made demands on our collective resilience that will continue for some time. To answer this call, a group of dedicated instructors in the College of Biological Science has designed a virtual lab course in the spirit of the oft cited Ron Emanuel quote, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is it’s an opportunity to do things that you think you could not before”. This unique course provides students with a truly interdisciplinary perspective on how modern biology through a diverse number of approaches can inform our decisions in this crises and help plan for future interventions to lessen the impact of viral epidemics. One of the activities in this course are a series of Town Halls, where subject area experts chat with students and course instructors about issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a fantastic resource for our students and the public at large.