Voices in Bioethics Podcast Ep 1: Connected By The Air We Breathe

A podcast I developed, conducted, and produced along with two other staff members at Columbia University’s Voices in Bioethics journal. Here I moderate a conversation with Dr. James Colgrove, professor of Sociomedical Sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health, as we discuss vaccination ethics and the recent measles outbreak in California. Listen here.

New Law Shines Light on Corporate Payments to Physicians

An article on which I provided writing and editing support for Footnote1.com that explores both the potential benefits and unintended consequences of the Physician Payment Sunshine Act (PPSA). Financial relationships between physicians and the pharmaceutical and medical device industries are commonplace; the PPSA attempts to shed light on the problem by requiring pharmaceutical, healthcare, and medical device … Continue reading

RIPR Voice Wrap — Medical Simulation Program

A voice wrap I produced at Rhode Island Public Radio. I gathered tape and ambient sound in the field, mixed audio using Adobe Audition, and scripted and voiced the wrap. A group of high school students from across the country came to Providence Thursday to learn more about the healthcare field. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Rachel … Continue reading

Bits and Pieces of a Psychiatrist’s Life: A Poetic Memoir

Bits and Pieces of a Psychiatrist’s Life: A Poetic Memoir

Dr. Barry Blackwell has spent half a century working as a psychiatrist. But since moving from Britain to Milwaukee decades ago, he’s explored something quite unexpected for a medical practitioner: poetry. For Blackwell, this wasn’t a midlife change-of-heart. Throughout his self-published memoir, Bits and Pieces of a Psychiatrist’s Life, Blackwell makes reference to his lifelong interest … Continue reading

From Bubblers to Brats, Exploring Wisconsin’s Unique Language Landscape

From Bubblers to Brats, Exploring Wisconsin’s Unique Language Landscape

Pickle patch. Bubbler. Tavern belly. Brats. Wisconsinites have regularly employed a colorful and unique vocabulary thanks to multiple waves of immigration from the 1800s through the present. But there is also incredible diversity in language use in different areas of the state and even within single cities. A new book written by a collection of … Continue reading

One Shot, Two Shot: Study Finds One Dose of HPV Vaccine Could Be Enough

One Shot, Two Shot: Study Finds One Dose of HPV Vaccine Could Be Enough

You’ve heard about the importance of getting an HPV vaccine and the surprisingly low percentage of young women who do so in the U.S.  For various reasons — accessibility, cost, bad information — many who start the 3-part vaccination series do not complete it. But what if a single dose could protect women from HPV around the globe? The … Continue reading

‘Cold War University’: Protests, Policies Divided Madison Community

‘Cold War University’: Protests, Policies Divided Madison Community

  During the Cold War, large universities across the country served as a breeding ground for protest movements and student activism at large. Combined with dramatic changes in education funding and increased technological emphasis, they came to be known as “Cold War Universities.” Close to home, the University of Wisconsin-Madison was an example of this … Continue reading

Insights On Low HPV Vaccination Rates

Insights On Low HPV Vaccination Rates

Public health officials have been somewhat puzzled by low rates of HPV vaccination: only 54% of adolescent girls receive the first dose of the 3-part vaccine series, and only 33% complete it. What gives? Doctors recommend it. It’s safe and effective. It has the potential to save thousands of lives every year. So why aren’t more people getting the HPV … Continue reading