Monday, November 2, 2009,
S G Mudd / 405

Refreshments will be served at 3:30 pm in Mudd 412A.

Abstract: What is Epidemiology?
The study of:
a) Word origins
b) Bugs
c) Skin
d) None of the above (<- correct!)

Epidemiologists study the how, what, when, why, who, and where of diseases (loosely defined) – from AIDS to yersinia pestis (the plague). In this talk, I'll discuss the origins of modern day Epidemiology, present some of the tools that epidemiologists use (hint: statistics!), and highlight a number of examples of epidemiology in action. By the end of the talk, you'll know things like what the #1 cause of fatalities is worldwide AND why you should never attend an elephant necropsy without wearing a safety mask!

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