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Wednesday, November 30, 2005 

Check out Tangled Bank #42

A new Tangled Bank is up at Dogged Blog, and it is giant and awesome. First, the host herself is a writer about veterinary medicine--interesting to me since I work with zoonotic diseases (diseases that are transmitted between species) and work with veterinarians myself quite a bit. Beyond that, there are a ton of great posts. I'm adding Science and Politics to my blogroll right now, just 'cause he's a disease geek like I am, as evidenced by his post about his love of malaria. Same goes for Christie at Dogged Blog, actually:
One of my favorite subjects is disease. I was happy to get so many submissions about sickness and plague and pestilence. It may be that I'm not a well woman, but it seems I am in extremely good company.
Obviously I'm biased, but I agree.

One final post to highlight: this gem from bootstrap analysis about judging a middle school science fair (hilarity ensues). I also judge a few of these every year, so the comments were familiar, but if you've not been to one of those since you were a middle-schooler yourself, stop by and see what the kiddos are up to. I guarantee a chuckle.

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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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