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Monday, November 28, 2005 

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Well, this past week has been interesting. I traveled back to Ohio early to throw my sister a baby shower, then stayed with my in-laws over the Thanksgiving weekend. Saturday night my husband and I ended up watching most of "Supersize Me." My husband's reaction to the film: "I'm hungry for a Big Mac." As a public health professional, this made me weep. At least I've edumacated him about many issues in infectious disease epidemiology; guess I must now move on to nutrition epi.

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  • I'm Tara C. Smith
  • From Iowa, United States
  • I'm a mom and a scientist, your basic stressed-out, wanna-have-it-all-and-do-it-all Gen Xer. Recently transplanted from Ohio to Iowa, I've spent most of my life in the midwest (with 4 years of college spent out east in "soda" territory). My main interest, and the subject of my research, is infectious disease: how does the microbe cause illness? What makes one strain nasty, and another "avirulent?" Are the latter really not causing any disease, or could some of those be possible for the development of chronic disease years down the road? Additionally, I've spent a lot of time discussing the value of teaching evolution, and educating others about "intelligent design" and other forms of creationism. My interest in history of science and medicine is also useful as a way to tie all of the above interests together. [Disclaimer: the views here are solely my own, and do not represent my employer, my spouse, that guy who's always sitting by the fountain when I come into work, or anyone else with whom I may be remotely affiliated.]
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