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Meet Those Nerdy Girls – Dr. Aparna Kumar

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This week we are delighted to be introducing our readers to nerdy girl extraordinaire, Dr. Aparna Kumar, PhD, MPH, CRNP. Dr. Kumar is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and researcher specializing in child, adolescent, and women’s mental health. Her career has focused on decreasing stigma in mental health through research and education. As

Meet Those Nerdy Girls – Dr. Jennifer Beam Dowd

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This week we are featuring Dr. Jennifer Beam Dowd, our incoming Nerdy Girl-In-Chief & scientist extraordinaire. Dr. Dowd is a health and social scientist who identifies most as a “demographer.” What’s a demographer? We’re glad you asked. Dr. Dowd uses statistics to study patterns in human populations–especially how long people live and why. Her impressive

Happy 2021 from Your Nerdy Girls!

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These are dark days – literally and figuratively – but here at Dear Pandemic we see great hope ahead. We salute all #WomenInSTEM who are brightening prospects for the New Year… ➡️ SCIENTISTS such as Dr. Kizzy Corbett at the NIH, who Dr. Fauci praises as being “at the forefront of the development of the

Happy New Year’s Eve from Those Nerdy Girls

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Dearest Dear Pandemic followers, On this Pandemic 2020 New Year’s Eve, we leave with you the comic below, which sums up so many of the ways this has been a strange and challenging year. We thank all of you who have come alongside us on this wild ride (nearly 57K of you now!) and helped

Meet Those Nerdy Girls – Dr. Lauren Hale

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This week we are featuring Dr. Lauren Hale, one of the Nerdy Girls who has been helping Dear Pandemic serve up practical (and often entertaining) COVID info since March 13th. Dr. Hale mostly studies the social patterning of 💤 sleep 💤, with particular attention to how social and contextual factors influence sleep and health disparities.

Are there any new heroines of the pandemic that you can highlight?

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A: Yes! We love lifting up the tireless work of female clinicians and scientists in this pandemic, and we are delighted to share a little bit about Dr. Sara Oliver, a member of the CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS). Sara Oliver, MD, MSPH is an EIS Officer at the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and

Christmas Gratitude from Those Nerdy Girls

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This Christmas we’re grateful for the gift of the Dear Pandemic community, the gift of science, and the gift of a vaccine for Santa! Merry Merry to all who celebrate! Love, Your Nerdy Girls References: Fauci assuring kiddos he vaccinated Santa Image credit Link to original FB post

Help Us Battle Misinformation

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Nerdy followers, 2020 has been A YEAR. We’ve laughed, we’ve ugly cried, and we’ve grieved – together. We’ve written over 700 posts informing and empowering individuals to safely navigate pandemic life. Despite being a volunteer operation, Dear Pandemic has not previously asked for donations, because we know the extra financial burdens you face, and we’ve

Meet Those Nerdy Girls – Dr. Lindsey Leininger

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In this week’s edition of our “Meet those nerdy girls” series, we’re introducing Dr. Lindsey Leininger, who is a Clinical Professor of Business Administration at Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business, and the “Nerd-in-Chief” at Dear Pandemic. In the Before Times, Dr. Leininger described herself as a health policy researcher. Now, she identifies as an