Statistics is often misunderstood, according to our latest podcast guest Dr. Marie Diener-West, and is an extremely powerful tool–when used and interpreted correctly. Learn about the three biostatistics concepts that we all should know, but often don’t, as Marie discusses how stats are presented in science news and answers all of the stats questions Nina has while doing her lab research.
Marie is a Professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health with dual appointments in Biostatistics and Ophthalmology. She is also the director of the Masters of Public Health Program at JHSPH and has won numerous awards for her teaching and mentoring skills.
We travel across the globe (metaphorically speaking) to learn about HIV, malaria, and measles in our latest podcast with Bill Moss, epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins. Bill tells us about his most captivating and proud moments in his research (and medical) career spanning over Zambia, Baltimore, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, Zimbabwe, India and New York City. Learn about the work that ultimately lead to policy changes by the WHO based on his co-infection model of HIV and measles. Please check out our website for show links at www.publichealthunited.org and follow us on Twitter (PHUpodcast) and Facebook.
In our latest podcast, Dr. Beth Linas, former epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins, tells us about her highly coveted AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship at the National Science Foundation. These fellowships–open to anyone with a science/engineering PhD or masters, at any level of their career, place scientists in a wide range of policy institutions, thereby fostering closer relationships between science and policy. AAAS stands for the American Association for the Advancement of Science and is most known for their peer reviewed journal, Science.
In the latest episode of the science communication show Public Health United, Nina and guest Dr. Rada Cordero discuss how difficult it can be for scientists to express the importance of their work, especially when it isn’t easily definable, at first glance, in terms of health importance. We also learn about Rada’s work in the lab of Dr. Arturo Casadevall at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health on how melanin-a molecule found in many different forms of life-protects organisms that live in extreme environments like in the poles or even in radioactive sites like Chernobyl. This work on melanin is particularly exciting as scientists like Rada are trying to figure out how to use the unique properties of melanin in many different biophysical applications like detecting life on other planets, biosensors, and living in extreme conditions i.e. Mars or Chernobyl. Rada’s passion for working at the intersection of biology and physics is clear in our latest episide.
Did you know that more people in the world have access to cell phones than toilets?? This startling fact shows even in the remotest parts of the world, the possession of a cell phone is becoming common place. In our latest episode, Nina interviews Dr. Alain Labrique, Director of the Global mHealth Inititive (GMI) at Johns Hopkins University and infectious disease epidemiologist. With the knowledge that so many people worldwide have access to mobile phones, the GMI has been collaborating around the globe to integrate this technology into healthcare practices to, for example, better connect patients in remote locations to medical services and reminders.
We also discuss his recently published study on the use of social media in public health research…Be sure to listen to Alain’s great advice for scientists who want to get involved in Twitter and other social media platforms, but are not sure where to start (and may be a little nervous to get involved in online discussions).
Public Health United is the podcast all about improving science and public health communication. In our latest episode, Nina interviews Dr. Conor McMeniman (Johns Hopkins) who has made the news alot recently because he won a challenge grant from the United States Agency for International Development to tackle the Zika virus outbreak by discovering novel ways to prevent, detect and treat Zika and future ID outbreaks. We discuss his grant proposal that won this prestigious award, the field work in Australia that got him involved in mosquito research, and his thoughts on science communication and how scientists need to be involved in community engagement so that our interventions will be accepted, trusted and implemented.
Despite growing numbers of women in STEM, there still remains a gap between female versus male scientists in terms of pay, grants, publications, and high level positions. Nina and guest Kathy Splinder (virologist from University of Michigan and co host of This Week In Virology) discuss the current state of women in science, mentors, and science communication in Public Health United’s latest podcast episode.
In our latest podcast, Nina chats with Dr. Geoff Steeves, Professor of Physics at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada and Outreach Coordinator for the Planetary Society’s new Victoria branch. Nina and Geoff met at the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science Bootcamp last month where Nina was struck with his passion for space travel and deep knowledge of Mars, space innovations, and the imapcts of space exporlatation on public health.
Count how many times Nina says “wow” in this captivating episode on the recent innovations in space exploration, the potential for humans to sustainably live in space, and the recent images of Jupiter from the June spacecraft.
Learn what it’s like to be a scientist on the frontlines of viral outbreaks like MERS (Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome) and Ebola with our guest Dr. Vincent Munster, Chief, Virus Ecology Unit at Rocky Mountain Labs at the National Institutes of Health. The Virus Ecology Unit combines traditional bench work at their state of the art facilities in Montana with work right where the outbreaks are happening, like Africa, the Middle East, and the Caribbean. Vincent was on the frontlines of the Ebola outbreak in Africa & was part of the unit to test patients for the virus. His lab also does research into MERS, including a transmission blocking vaccine for camels, and development of mouse & monkey models. We also feature friend & colleague Stephen Goldstein, PhD candidate working on MERS in the lab of Susan Weiss at the University of Pennsylvania. This was recorded at the American Society for Virology annual meeting at Virginia Tech.
Tune in to hear Vincent’s story on what it was like to be a scientist in Africa at the height of the Ebola outbreak and his cutting edge work on MERS. Truly an inspirational scientist who’s focusing on improving global health!