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Episode 47: Monica Mungier On Talking Parasites

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Our latest guest is also the latest faculty addition to the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Dr. Monica Mugnier (big news: Monica won an 2016 NIH Early Independence Award which allowed her to skip the tradtional postdoctoral fellowship and become faculty right after completing her PhD work). Monica studies a kind of parasite, called a tropanosome, that causes the disease African Sleeping Sickness. They are very difficult to control for a vaiety of reasons, one of them being the focus of her work (and some very cool science) on how they can rapidly change their coats to avoid detection by our immune system (aka antigenic variation). Monica finds these parasites so cool to study because they break all of the rules (read: they don’t follow any of the classic biology rules that she learned in class). Lots of mystery and discovery!

Monica and I have a great conversation on how to make a great science presentation (and how difficult it can be to strike the right amount of info, depending on your audience). We also discuss the challenges of conveying the importance of global health science research, especially when the illness primarily impacts people on a different continent.

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Episode 46: Dean Mike Klag On The Power of Public Health

Mike KlagOur latest guest, Dean Mike Klag, has served at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health for the past decade and has worked to keep the School at the forefront of both international and community health. Dean Klag describes the roots of our school, the largest and oldest school of public health and how, owing to its biomedical roots, it is unique in that it hosts three basic science departments as well as more classic public health fields like international health, epidemiology, policy, biotstats, and mental health.

We also learn about how he got into public health and his major goals and accomplishments as dean. Dean Klag will be stepping down in June 2017.

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Episode 45: AAAS CEO Rush Holt On Science & Politics

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From his earliest days, Dr. Rush Holt has been interested in “how the world works (that’s science) and how people get along (that’s politics).” There are few who want to do both.  Rush is one of the rare scientists who has served in Congress and has integrated ‘science and society’ into everything he’s done. Hear about what it was like to be a scientist in Congress and how scientists should be communicating. Rush is currently the CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) & was the U.S. Representative for New Jersey’s 12 congressional district from 1999 to 2015.

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Episode 44: Ellis Rubinstein, New York Academy of Sciences President

ellis-rubinsteinEllis Rubinstein always knew that he wanted to combine his seemingly distinct passions for reporting news and science. Before stepping into his current role as New York Academy of Sciences’ President, he served as Editor of Science Magazine, the scientific journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In our latest podcast, he discusses how important it is for young scientists to be involved in AAAS and NYAS, and to not limit membership and activism to just those in their later careers as some other scientific societies due. Under his watch, the NYAS has the highest number of young scientists (including graduate and more junior students), thanks to the tremendous amount of work Ellis has done to promote career development, networking, and mentoring opportunities.

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Episode 40! Lois Privor-Dumm On Vaccine Policy & Advocacy Communication

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Nina gets to do her favorite thing on the latest episode: talk about vaccines! Nina is back over at the International Vaccine Access Center with Director of Policy and Advocacy Communications Lois Privor-Dumm. Lois has been working on vaccine advocacy for decades to bring life saving vaccines (like the one to prevent meningitis) to countries all over the world.

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Episode 39: Tom Quinn on the HIV/AIDS Epidemic and Global Health

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Special #WorldAidsDay podcast! Our latest guest, Dr. Tom Quinn, was one of the first doctors working on HIV/AIDS here in the US in 1981 and still in the frontlines of combatting this global epidemic as Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health, Associate Director for International Research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a researcher at Johns Hopkins University, and a consultant at a long list of places like The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), World Health Organization (WHO). Truly a champion for public health.

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New Podcast! Bill Moss: Global Disease Epidemiologist

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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.

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New Podcast! Beth Linas on her AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship

beth-linus-me-skypeIn 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.

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New Podcast! Nick Wohlgemuth: Get it, OFF! A two part episode on Lyme Disease

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In our latest, two part episode, Nina and guest Nick Wohlgemuth discuss everything you need to know about Lyme Disease.

Part 1: Lyme Disease info that everyone should know–especially if you live in the suburbs and/or like to go hiking alot!
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Part 2: Common Lyme Disease Misperceptions Debunked!
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Viruses gone viral: communication issues in virology research

How can we talk to the public about viruses when it’s difficult to even define what they are? Guest virology experts Drs. Gary Ketner (Johns Hopkins School of Public Health) and Barry Margulies (Towson University) discuss the perils of communicating virus research to the media, the worst virus miscommunication they’ve ever seen, and how we can make virology more accessible to the public.

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Learn the basics about viruses (great for non-scientists too) at Virology 101.

Quick and easy read on Barry’s research: “Barry Margulies and co-workers are seeking innovative ways to attack cold sores”

This Week In Virology website

Articles about the Fouchier debate:
“Origin of H5N1 Storm” by Vincent Racaniello, Read this first if you’d like to know the facts!
“Seeing Terror Risk, US Asks Journals to Cut Flu Study Facts” by Denise Grady. Balanced article for general public.
EXAMPLES OF BAD SCIENCE WRITING:
An engineered doomsday” by (author not provided). Scare-mongering at its best. Check out the comments for a laugh!
Five easy mutations to make bid flu a lethal pandemic” by Debora MacKenzie. She’s got all the facts wrong and uses scare-mongering to draw readers in.