Epidemio…What?

There are seven departments here at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, and six of them are fairly self-explanatory: (1)  Biostatistics (BIOSTAT) – the application of statistical methodology to biology (or more specifically, health) (2)  Environmental Health Sciences (EHS) – the study of how the environment (nature, chemicals, occupation, school, home, etc.) affects…

Less Vaccination = More Disease

A long-time tenant of public health has been vaccination. Prior to vaccination, diseases like smallpox, measles, polio, and more ran rampant and led to very expensive and devestaing public health crises. The first attempts to protect against smallpox, a disease that has been wiped out due to a global vaccination campaign was a process known…

Balto and The Nome Serum Run

I am a proud podcast fanatic and having been diving into the archives of “Stuff You Missed in History Class” and came across an episode about the “Nome Serum Run” (Podcast; Blog Post). Instantly excited, I eagerly listened to the episode- multiple times. Nome, Alaska Before I lose myself in discussing the dog himself, I…

All We Can Do Is Grow Old

There is nothing glorious about studying ageing. Unless you have found the key to stopping it, no one wants to talk to you! There are creams, diets, exercise regimes, surgeries, meditations, and more that all promise to hide, delay, or even reverse ageing- but let me save you the trouble and say you might as…

A Sample Grant Proposal

As I endeavor to write my first grant proposal, I wanted to get some outside opinions on my draft:   Grant Proposal for the Conception 2017 Cohort Number of participants required: ~135 million babies conceived in 2017 Number of researchers required: all public health/medical/biostatistic professionals Number of years required: 9 months pregnancy + lifetimes of…

The Red Queen Hypothesis

“Well, in our country,” said Alice, still panting a little, “you’d generally get to somewhere else—if you run very fast for a long time, as we’ve been doing.” “A slow sort of country!” said the Queen. “Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If…

Family Rivalry

The stuff of legends is underway just a few blocks from my apartment. OSU vs. Michigan at the Big House. This game is something people eagerly await the entire football season for and it is here. This year is particularly interesting as Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines take on Urban Meyer and the 2014 Champion…