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An Exciting Week For News Analysis!

Steve is working on updating us with some public health news. Check back here soon!

Also coming up: Nick & Nina are recording the first News Analysis episode with guest Stephanie Porter, MHS Candidate. They will be discussing good sources of public health news and communication, The West Nile Story, & One Health.

Episode 1: Public Health Miscommunication

Episode 1 is now available!

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Episode 1 Summary:
How often do we feel like we are public health experts after seeing a five minute blurb on CNN/NPR, or worse, reading a summary on Wikipedia? We then feel confident to go out into the world and spout our knowledge and make health decisions. The power of the press is mighty, especially now that anyone with access to the Internet commands more public health information than ever before. But of course, not all of the information is accurate, even information from high profile institutions like CNN. On the flip side, scientists are not often communicating directly with the public, but leave media sources to interpret and summarize highly technical scholarly articles. These media sources are experts at making science into an exciting news story, but how accurate is this relay of information? How can we tell the good from the bad? And what is our role as public health researchers in the dissemination of good public health information?

Episode 1 was recorded on 3/27/13 and features Nina Martin, Dr. Andrew Pekosz, Dr. Steven Salzberg, and Dr. Photini Sinnis.

Guest Info:
Andrew Pekosz, PhD is an Associate Professor of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is most known for his work on flu vaccines and has been interviewed by many news shows (i.e. CNN, BBC, CSPAN, NPR, Discovery Channel) to dispell common misinformation about the flu vaccine.

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Steven Salzberg, PhD is a Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. He is the director of Johns Hopkins’s Center for Computational Biology. He also blogs at the Forbes column Fighting Psuedoscience and Genomics, Medicine, and Pseudoscience.

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Photini Sinnis, MD is an Associate Professor of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a Member of the Malaria Research Institute at Hopkins. Her research focuses on the early events in malaria infection. Dr. Sinnis’s training as a physician has made her think a lot about communication with the public.

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