Today, I thought I’d share with you a 15-minute presentation I gave in Mexico City last about two weeks ago. It was on a paper I wrote based off a previous blog post. I talk about what I imagine to be the perfect system for keeping track of the population’s health… That is, if money, technology, laws, and ethical considerations were not in the way of such things.
Yes, I’m giving the podcast a season and names. The first season runs from now until the end of the year and will be season zero, along with previous episodes. Kind of like “the lost season” if you will. Then, starting in 2018, I’ll have a first season of six podcasts with pre-planned topics and a little more preparation. You guys deserve it… And it’s a good way to be just creative enough to be doing something but not too busy to forget about the dissertation (which should be almost done when 2017 ends and 2018 begins).
My wife and I went to talk at the Pennsylvania School Counselors Association a couple of weeks ago. Our talk was about the things that work in autism treatment, and the quackery things that don’t. Mrs. N took care of talking about autism in general and the medications that are prescribed at times to treat some of the manifestations of autism. Then I stepped up and talked about the lack of association between vaccines and autism, and all the crazy, scary “treatments” that people peddle as “cures” for autism.
The talk is about 50 minutes long, with a lot of questions during the talks and at the end. We got a lot of really good feedback from the 30 or so people who were there.
I gave a very quick presentation today at our Zoonotic Disease Update. The presentation was on the public health response to a novel influenza virus situation. It was the first part of a two-part presentation on the H3N2v situation from last year. I didn’t record the second part. Sorry.
A couple of things about this presentation. It was short because it was the introduction to a longer presentation, and the whole program was running late. So I hurried it up a little bit. The other thing is that my grandmother passed the evening before. I was a little emotional, and I also didn’t get enough sleep. Furthermore, I wanted to mention my grandmother somehow in the presentation, so I got in a quick “joke” at the beginning. Finally, because I was short on time, I actually rushed through and you can tell that I was thinking too much where to splice what I was going to say. There’s even an awkward moment of silence.
All that said, plenty of people complimented me on the presentation, and plenty more congratulated me on my getting into the DrPH program. (The person introducing me mentioned it.) No one, however, mentioned to me that I had spilled pasta sauce all over my shirt at lunch. Oh, well.