Have two awesome announcements that I’ve been waiting to share. One will still have to wait a few more days as we’re finalizing some details, I can now let you know that I just started a new position as an Advisory Board member of the Zombie Research Society. It’s a pretty cool group, including THE George Romero (Zombie Godfather); Daniel Drezner, author of Theories of International Politics and Zombies, and Steven Schlozman, author of The Zombie Autopsies. Plus a bunch of other white guys.

So, why do something like this? Zombies obviously are huge in pop culture, and typically “zombieism” is caused by some kind of transmissible infectious agent. As such, it’s a good way to talk about infectious diseases in a more lighthearted and fun manner. The CDC already took advantage of this with their popular “Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse” page, while Robert Smith? demonstrated the utility of using a zombie outbreak to model infectious diseases. I think there’s more to be explored and am looking forward to the journey.

Comments

  1. #1 Alyson Kelvin
    February 8, 2012

    Congratulations! Sounds exciting. Can’t wait to read about the journey.

  2. #2 Eric Lofgren
    February 8, 2012

    I ran a learning institute/workshop on mathematical modeling of infectious diseases using zombies at last year’s APHA conference. I’m rather jealous.

  3. #3 Atif (Mr Epidemiology)
    February 8, 2012

    This is awesome! Congratulations!!

    I just signed up too – when the zombie apocalypse hits, we’ll need all the epidemiologists we can get!

  4. #4 gingerest
    February 8, 2012

    AWESOME.

  5. #5 Phil B
    February 14, 2012

    Brilliant! Links to the ZRS page appear to be down at the moment… a likely precursor to invasion.