Category: Blog

Sometimes words are better.

Aside

I’m a little busy right now working on the dissertation. It really is taking up almost all of my free time… Baby Ren is taking up the rest. So bare with me as I finish this one last thing before I become the next doctor (of public health). In the meantime, why don’t you read about the racial wealth divide in Baltimore. I did, and it was eye-opening. Talk to you soon.

Domestic Threats to Public Health in the United States

If you’ve been watching the news, you might have noticed that something interesting is going in Italy. They just had a general election, and their results were very interesting. This is from The Atlantic: “Anyone who’s spent more than a vacation in Italy knows it’s a country with deep reserves of discontent, economic stagnation, and political dysfunction. So the anti-establishment…

Anonymous Me?

There’s this burning question in the minds of many people who are fans of superhero comics and their associated movies, television shows, etcetera: Why does Superman not wear a mask? Doesn’t he want to hide his true identity so as to protect those he cares about? I mean, Lex Luthor and company could go after Lois or Jimmy, or Martha.…

How Can You Argue With Logic Like That?

I made the mistake the other day of engaging someone on Facebook about arming teachers. She argued for the arming of schoolteachers because… Well, see her rationale: “My question to you is why do we guard money insured by the fdic with guns and not our children? Our politicians (even anti gun ones) are guarded by personnel with guns. Why…

What Would a Structured Public Health Practitioner Education Look Like?

In the United States, if you want to become a physician, there is a structured way of going about it. You go to college to get an undergrad degree, preferably in some science field. From there, you apply to medical school after taking the MCAT. Once you get into a medical school, you do four years of it and then…

The Thing About Hotspots

No, I’m not talking about wifi hotspots that help you connect to the internet so you can watch cat videos. I’m talking about the symbology used on maps in order to emphasize an area (or areas) where there is a lot of something going on. For example, in infectious disease epidemiology, I might use a map to show where there…

The “Militarization” of the Johns Hopkins University Campus

There’s a bill in the Maryland State Assembly that will allow Johns Hopkins University to have its own police force. From The Baltimore Sun: “The legislation already has the backing of several Baltimore lawmakers, who said it will increase safety in the city without costing taxpayer dollars. Hopkins officials said Monday in a message to university community members that they…

The True Size of the Ebola Epidemic in West Africa

One of the best skills I learned from my dad is how to read a map. I can hold it every which way and understand the layout of landmarks in it. When I drove from Texas up to Pennsylvania, before the advent of smartphones and consumer GPS units, I bought a road atlas from Walmart and used it to guide…