Anchorage Science Pub: Epidemiologists at Work [VIDEO]


Title: Epidemiologists at Work, from the Jungle to the Arctic
Leisha Nolen, Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
 December 11, 2016
Location: Tap Root Public House

“If you have wondered how it feels to be at the frontline of the Ebola response or what it takes to reassure a panicked public, now is your chance to hear. Come take a trip into the jungle with monkey pox, out to the tundra with RSV, and around the world with the CDC.

Leisha Nolen began appending initials to the end of her name at Cornell University, then continued the trend with a mix of P, H, M, and Ds at the University of Pennsylvania. She went on to Boston Children’s Hospital where she spend time playing with, emulating and treating children. She spent 3 years in Edinburgh, Scotland, where she ate haggis and evaluated genetics. In 2013 she began her current career at the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). She joined the Epidemic Intelligence Service, a team of “elite disease detectives” that study disease trends. Since joining the CDC she has spent time all over the world; in Sierra Leone, Liberia, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Indonesia and Vietnam. She has recently joined us in Alaska as part of the CDC’s Arctic Investigations Program where she works to stomp out disease all around us.”

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Heather Aronno is a Journalism & Public Communications graduate from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Her passion is community involvement, which has found a place within most of the work and projects with which she is involved. A transplant from the lower 48, Heather has lived in Anchorage, Alaska since the summer of 2005. Fortunately, it was a nice summer, and she's considered Alaska her home ever since.

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