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Meet Those Nerdy Girls: Tita Smyth Escobedo

Women in STEM

In this post series, we’re introducing the women behind Dear Pandemic and TNG. Today we get to meet Tita Smyth Escobedo. Tita has been a steadfast member of the Spanish language team that makes our Spanish-language content at Querida Pandemia possible. She has a degree in clinical psychology in her home country, Guatemala. Tita says Read more…

Those Nerdy Girls chosen as a case study by WHO

Women in STEM

🎉 Those Nerdy Girls were recently honored to be chosen as a case study by the World Health Organization (WHO) for innovative science communication during the COVID-19 pandemic! “The COVID-19 pandemic has emphasized the importance of translating science in a timely and accessible manner to different audiences. As the pandemic progressed, the evidence evolved and Read more…

Meet Those Nerdy Girls: Maggie Hayes

Women in STEM

Today we get to introduce another one of Those Nerdy Girls, Maggie Hayes. Maggie is our Spanish language science communications intern, and she helps with operations, translation, and community engagement on our Spanish-language channel, Querida Pandemia. Maggie is a UW-Madison undergraduate majoring in Spanish and Sociology with a certificate in Chicana and Latina Studies. She Read more…

Meet Those Nerdy Girls: Dr. Megan Madsen

Women in STEM

It’s time to meet another one of Those Nerdy Girls. This time we are delighted to introduce Dr. Megan Madsen, D.O. 👩‍⚕️ What’s a D.O.? We’re so glad you asked. It stands for Doctor of Osteopathy. Dr. Madsen says: “Our education mirrors M.D. programs for medical curriculum, and we also get extra training in musculoskeletal Read more…

Dr. Jennifer Dowd Wins PAA Award!

Women in STEM

👑 Nerdy Girl News! 👑 On Friday, Dear Pandemic’s own Editor-in-Chief Dr. Jennifer Dowd won a fancy award from the largest scientific association of demographers, the Population Association of America. She received the 2022 Clifford C. Clogg Award for Mid-Career Achievement. During the award ceremony, her work here at Dear Pandemic was highlighted as one Read more…

Meet Those Nerdy Girls – Dr. Rachael Piltch-Loeb

Women in STEM

Today, we continue our little adventure in finding out just who *are* #ThoseNerdyGirls. We’re talking with Dr. Rachael Piltch-Loeb. Dr. Piltch-Loeb is a risk communications expert. When she’s not contributing to research efforts here at #DearPandemic, Dr. Piltch-Loeb is working on research projects as a research associate at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Read more…

How can we equip the next generation of Nerdy Girls to stop the spread of misinformation?

Uncertainty and Misinformation Women in STEM

A: Start building their scientific literacy skills now! Below we share three super neat resources that can help kids (across a range of ages) learn about the scientific method, get introduced to careers in various scientific fields, and gain the skills needed to become savvy consumers (and sharers) of scientific information! *Zoey and Sassafras*- a Read more…

🧪Happy International Day of Women & Girls in Science!🔬

Women in STEM

Nerdy Girls around the world continue to get it done during a global pandemic. Special thanks to all the women who heeded the call for rapid translation of vital scientific information during this crisis, and for our Nerdy readers who helped share this information far and wide. 🧬📊 #TeamWorkMakesTheDreamWork Friendly Neighbor Epidemiologist Unambiguous Science Unbiased Read more…

Can I be a vaccine ambassador?

Vaccines Women in STEM

YES! YES! YES! People are more likely to listen to information from someone they already trust. Here are a few wonderful resources to support YOU in becoming a community resource from Dr. Rupali Limaye, a behavioral and social scientist from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Tips on starting discussions about vaccines. See the Read more…

Meet Nerdy Girl Shero Chiquita Brooks-LaSure!

Women in STEM

Health policy wonks across the U.S. are cheering the appointment of Chiquita Brooks-LaSure to the top job running the country’s public health insurance programs. Her agency – the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) – is responsible for insuring over 150 million people through the country’s Medicare and Medicaid programs, which together account for Read more…

You asked for more Heroes of the Pandemic. We’ve got ’em! Dr. Ala Stanford

Social and Racial Justice Vaccines Women in STEM

Tonight we’re honored to introduce Dr. Ala Stanford, pediatric surgeon and founder of Black Doctors Covid-19 Consortium in Philadelphia. Dr. Stanford has had an extraordinary career in medicine filled with both adventure and service. No stranger to “stepping up and stepping in”, she leapt into action in April, 2020 when she realized that Black Philadelphians Read more…