An Introduction to Disease Modeling: Understanding COVID-19 Means Understanding Disease Modeling

As the coronavirus continues to ravage much of the world, government leaders, scientific agencies, and healthcare providers often say that they’re using disease models to inform their decisions and courses of action for fighting the virus. But, what are disease models? How are they developed? And what kinds of things can they tell us?  SESYNCContinue reading “An Introduction to Disease Modeling: Understanding COVID-19 Means Understanding Disease Modeling”

“We All Have Bad First Drafts”: Lessons from a Professional Science Writer

By: Lauren White and Alaina Gallagher Original post: https://www.sesync.org/news/fri-2019-12-20-1713/%E2%80%9Cwe-all-have-bad-first-drafts%E2%80%9D-lessons-from-a-professional-science-writer “As a scientist, you are a professional writer,” said Dr. Joshua Schimel during a recent science writing workshop held at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC). During this event, SESYNC postdocs had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the storytelling process. Schimel, a professor at theContinue reading ““We All Have Bad First Drafts”: Lessons from a Professional Science Writer”

Three Lessons I Learned from Attending the 2019 Science Writers Conference as a Scientist

By: Lauren White Original post: https://www.sesync.org/news/wed-2019-11-27-1636/three-lessons-i-learned-from-attending-the-2019-science-writers-conference A doodle drawn by Lauren White during the ScienceWriters2019 conference. Lauren’s notes capture some of the literary devices used by Dr. Richard Alley, Evan Pugh University Professor of Geosciences and Associate of the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute at Penn State University during his talk on why understanding how quicklyContinue reading “Three Lessons I Learned from Attending the 2019 Science Writers Conference as a Scientist”

Research spotlight: Modeling how diseases spread

In order to predict and fight animal disease outbreaks, epidemiologists and other researchers need to understand how a given disease spreads through landscapes and populations. Factors contributing to the ability of a pathogen to spread include the features of the environment as well as the movement of the animals through that landscape. Human activity isContinue reading “Research spotlight: Modeling how diseases spread”

Research brief: Habitat fragmentation can promote disease outbreaks

Original post: https://twin-cities.umn.edu/research-brief-habitat-fragmentation-can-promote-disease-outbreaks Fragmentation of landscapes and habitat loss—driven by urbanization and climate change—can put wildlife species at risk of extinction. Some ecological theory suggests habitat fragmentation may be beneficial to wildlife facing disease because populations of sick animals may remain isolated from healthy populations or dispersal might allow healthy animals to escape infection fromContinue reading “Research brief: Habitat fragmentation can promote disease outbreaks”