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The Grant is finished!

The Grant (here, here, here) is finally done and going in Fed Ex tomorrow morning. It’s been a long haul and we will undoubtedly be sending in preliminary results or new publications between now and the end of September, since the review isn’t until November. That’s right. I’ve been working on it for a year…

Music to stop writing grants by: Okou

To mark the end of grant writing, a bit of a departure: Music that isn’t political. A French band called Okou (words are in English). Tatiana Heintz (vocals) is a French woman whose mother is from the Ivory Coast and Gilbert Trefzger (steel guitar) is Swiss. His father is from Egypt. They are now based…

The holiday meal

Today is Thanksgiving in the United States, and the inevitable political innuendoes aside, it’s usually a holiday I like. I’m fond of my family — both my own and my wife’s — and glad to see them, although in recent years we have dwindled down to a few. Still, I basically have good memories of…

Quiet heroes of public health

Here’s some more while we fish. Some things are worth repeating and some people worth celebrating. Quiet Heroes of Public Health was a 2005 post which included a bow to the Environmental Research Foundation’s Peter Montague, whose last (and 1000th) issue of Rachel’s News was in February of this year (2009). Click through. We’re looking…

Serendipity and bleach

Interesting new findings on household bleach as a disinfectant. Yes, we know it’s a disinfectant. What we don’t know is why it is a disinfectant. How exactly does it work? This utilitarian question has just been explored in a paper in the super select and prestigious journal Cell. Here’s a bit of background, courtesy the…

Cyclone Sidr: Nature’s waterboard

Our SciBlings at The Intersection, Chris Mooney and Sheril Kirshenbaum, remind us that pandemics aren’t the only natural disaster. I’m kidding, of course. You knew there were others, right? Like Cyclone Sidr, practically on top of the people of Bangladesh. First story on CNN, right? I’m kidding of course. They have to wait for the…

Traveling disease

In my early to mid career it fell to me to teach large lecture courses that surveyed all of environmental health. Everything. Air polllution. Wastewater. Food sanitation. Radiation protection. Over the years I learned a lot beyond my particular specialty (environmental epidemiology) and it has stood me in good stead in many ways. Students seemed…

Maybe someday I’ll get tired of posting stories like this, but that day has yet to come. This is from BoingBoing, on how to smuggle dangerous liquids onto an airplane. The dangerous liquid in this case was a bottle of Vidalia Onion salad dressing. It is dangerous because it was more than 3 ounces and…

Today there is a terrific post by economist Les Boden of Boston University School of Public Health over at The Pump Handle. It’s about something many people here probably aren’t interested in — workers compensation. But the underlying issue should be of interest to everyone in the US and many other places. It’s about a…

Suppose there were a stadium built with too few bathrooms (hard to imagine?). As the place became more popular, say 26% more people gathering there, 9% of the bathrooms disappeared and there were too few plumbers to keep them working. Suppose, too, that even though there are more people coming to the stadium, the number…