Aerin Jacob: Stuck in the Serengeti

Dr. Aerin Jacob recalls the three most valuable conservation lessons she ever learned…from a man with a machine gun. Listen below or stream the official podcast!

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Aerin Jacob, PhD is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Victoria and a Wilburforce Fellow in Conservation Science Fellow. Trained as an ecologist, she works to develop management strategies that incorporate local, Indigenous, and scientific knowledge to achieve conservation objectives while maintaining human well-being. She works with First Nations communities in British Columbia to study the environmental and socioeconomic outcomes of marine management in the Great Bear Rainforest. Aerin is also a member of the Sustainable Canada Dialogues, a network of scholars developing viable, science-based policy options to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and guide sustainable development in Canada. Her previous work includes studies of land-use change, restoration ecology, and animal behaviour in East Africa and western North America. Aerin earned her PhD at McGill University and her BSc at the University of British Columbia.

Katherine Chretien: A Need for a Story

Dr. Katherine Chretien, Hospitalist Division Leader at a Veteran’s hospital, describes her emotional journey when her husband is deployed for a year in Afghanistan. Listen below or stream the official podcast!

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Katherine Chretien, MD is chief hospitalist at the Washington DC VA Medical Center and assistant dean for student affairs and associate professor of medicine at George Washington University. She earned her medical degree from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where she was inducted to Alpha Omega Alpha and Phi Beta Kappa.  She completed her internal medicine training at Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Master Teacher Leadership Development Program at George Washington University.

Katherine’s research interests include medical education, reflection, social media in medicine, and professionalism. She was the recipient of the 2012 Charles H. Griffith III Educational Research Award from Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine and the 2013 Women Leaders in Medicine Award from the American Medical Student Association. Katherine is an associate editor at Journal of Graduate Medical Education and on the SIMPLE (Simulated Internal Medicine Patient Learning Experiences, virtual patient cases used by medicine clerkships nationwide) editorial board. She is editor/founder of www.mothersimedicine.com, a group blog of physician mothers.

Jay Pasachoff: A Solar Eclipse of a Former Mathematician’s Heart

Dr. Pasachoff explains his journey from being the shortest math major in Harvard history to a 50+ illustrious career in solar astronomy. Listen below or stream the official podcast!

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Jay Pasachoff, Chair of the International Astronomical Union’s Working Group on Eclipses, is Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy at Williams College and a Visitor in Planetary Science at Caltech. He has viewed 60 solar eclipses, and is an expert on both their use for scientific observations and their use for public education. Pasachoff is past president of the International Astronomical Union’s Commission on Education and Development and Chair of the Historical Astronomy Division of the American Astronomical Society. He received the Education Prize of the American Astronomical Society and, last year, the Janssen Prize of the Société Astronomique de France. Pasachoff is the author or co-author of The Cosmos: Astronomy in the New Millennium, the Peterson Field Guide to the Stars and Planets, and Nearest Star: The Surprising Science of Our Sun as well as, on a more technical level, The Solar Corona.

 

 

Martin Shapiro: A Few Dollars

Dr. Martin Shapiro recalls interactions with four very different doctors with one thing in common – all led to dramatic implications for his career and family. Listen below or stream the official podcast!

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Martin F. Shapiro, MD, PhD, is Professor of Medicine and Health Services and Management and Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research at UCLA. Dr. Shapiro’s scholarship has focused on assuring that medical care is applied equitably and appropriately to the population. He was the Principal Investigator of the HIV Cost and Services Utilization Study (HCSUS), in which he led a national team at over twenty institutions in evaluating such issues as diffusion of antiretroviral therapy, access, costs, outcomes of care, health status, mental illness, and disparities in and barriers to receipt of care in the first nationally representative study of health care for persons with HIV. He established UCLA’s Primary Care Research Fellowship, and is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians, and is a past President of the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM).

Tara Lagu: Quitting the Lab to Change the World

From being a “young gay science fair nerd” to her clinical experience as a researcher, Dr. Tara Lagu finds her calling as a social justice advocate with a passion for improving existing care for patients with disabilities. Listen below or stream the official podcast!

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Springer Storyteller Tara Lagu, MD, MPH, is an Academic Hospitalist in the Center for Quality of Care Research and Department of Medicine at Baystate Medical Center, and an Assistant Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine. After graduating with her MD and MPH from the Yale University School of Medicine, she completed a General Internal Medicine Residency at Brown. From 2005-2008, she was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, where she developed her research interest in the quality of health care in the United States. Currently, her work is focused on improving quality and reducing costs of health care in the United States, and, in particular, improving access to care for patients with disabilities. She spends much of her free time thinking about, growing, talking about, taking pictures of, and eating heirloom tomatoes. Her favorite variety is Cherokee Purple.