About

Atif Kukaswadia is a PhD candidate in Community Health and Epidemiology at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Growing up, Atif was always fascinated by the world around him, and in particular in how our social environment shapes our lives and our personalities. While his current research looks at the health of Canadian youth, he is heavily involved in science outreach. You can connect with him on Twitter @MrEpid or at www.MrEpidemiology.com.

Lindsay Kobayashi is a PhD student in Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London. Lindsay Kobayashi is researching how health literacy and health information influence people’s decisions to engage in cancer preventive behaviours. She is interested in understanding why health inequalities exist, and what we can do to ensure equal health status across all population groups. Twitter @1lindsayk

Beth Skwarecki is a science writer based in Pittsburgh, PA, With a degree in biology, Beth Skwarecki became a computer nerd along the way, and spent several years crunching data for a bioinformatics project at Cornell. Now, she writes about the life sciences, including molecular biology, human and veterinary health research, ecology, and computational biology, for such publications as Biomedical Computation Review When not writing, she can be found in her garden, hitting the hiking trails, or skating on the roller derby track as Cruisin’ B. Anthony. Beth is interested in human health and how it relates to evolution, fitness, nutrition, microbiology, and more. Beth’s blog address is http://messymachine.bethskw.com/. Twitter @BethSkw

Public Health Perspectives Alumni

Viet Le is a PhD candidate in the Department of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology & Biochemistry at Brown University. Viet Le’s research interest is in understanding how cells communicate via molecular languages, known as signal transduction pathways. Not surprisingly, he is also interested in how the scientific community communicates with the general public. He believes that a well-informed public will be essential in shaping the policies that affect science education and research in our country. Viet Le blogs now at Amasian Science: http://amasianv.wordpress.com. Follow him on Twitter @AmasianV

Jason Silverstein studies science, race, and society as a PhD student in the department of Anthropology at Harvard. He works for the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Transition Magazine at the WEB Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research. He can be reached via http://scholar.harvard.edu/silverstein and followed on twitter @jason_reads.

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4 Responses to About

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  2. Robert Gross says:

    Greetings!
    I have just stumbled upon your site (by serendipity, not the eponymous web site) and had to respond. The existence of a site like PLOS is a fantasy come true for me. Public Health 2.0 is part of the new paradigm of integration and wholeness now struggling to replace the dysfunctional rigid hierarchy model that has organized human culture for the last few tens of thousands of years. You and a growing number of individuals and institutions are making that paradigm shift happen. Education, especially science education, is one of the two main engines of social change, religion being the other. Both engines are in serious need of overhaul and update. The research and exploration you are doing is not precisely “science education” but it’s in that domain, the search for Truth, as it were.
    A recent issue of the magazine of the American Association of Retired People (not exactly a peer reviewed journal, but still…) analyzed data from the Institutes for Medicare and Medicaid and found that we spend $765 billion a year on fraud, waste, and abuse in the health care system. Politicians are fond of claiming to want to eliminate FWA, but FWA is the basis of the health care system. A system shaped by fear and shame is what we have. Tinkering with budgets or passing laws, wringing of hands or viewing with alarm will not advance human evolution but your work will. I salute you and look forward to seeing your work evolve. As an addiction counselor in training, I share your commitment to discovering how reality really works.

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