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The world needs more empathy, joy, vulnerability, & laughter! Lisa Bodnar talks to a diverse group of epidemiologists about everything except epi. Personal beats professional. More heart, less smart.

Shiny Epi People Lisa Bodnar

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The world needs more empathy, joy, vulnerability, & laughter! Lisa Bodnar talks to a diverse group of epidemiologists about everything except epi. Personal beats professional. More heart, less smart.

    Brandon Marshall, PhD on letting staff lead and 90 little Christmas houses

    Brandon Marshall, PhD on letting staff lead and 90 little Christmas houses

    If you know my guest today, you probably know what a rock star researcher is, but you may not know much of anything personal about him. Today, Brandon Marshall, PhD, Associate Professor of Epidemiology at Brown University, gives me a glimpse into his life: acting, snowboarding, home decorating, caring for 2 pugs, and stubbornly refusing to leave Celsius back in Canada. Of course, Brandon shares how he successfully manages a very large research team, cross-training staff and letting them lead, and avoiding overwhelm. Enjoy!
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    • 33 min
    Dana Bernson, MPH on government epi, grief, joy, and candy corn

    Dana Bernson, MPH on government epi, grief, joy, and candy corn

    Today you'll hear from Dana Bernson, MPH, Epidemiologist and Director of Special Analytic Projects within the Office of Population Health at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. She tells me about her position in state government and what she finds so fulfilling about it. Dana also generously shares the story of her first husband's passing, leaving her a widow at age 29. We discuss joy and grief, her pandemic elopement, as well as being a Nashville hot chicken sandwich, her unabashed love of candy corn, the band Creed (it's a no for her!), "We Found Love in a Homeless Place", and more!
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    • 36 min
    Sameera Nayak, MA on antidepressants changing her life and being a rescue dog mom

    Sameera Nayak, MA on antidepressants changing her life and being a rescue dog mom

    I am happy to present to you a delightful conversation I had with Sameera Nayak, MA, who is currently a doctoral student in Population Health in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences at the Institute for Health Equity and Social Justice Research at Northeastern University. Sameera tells me about immigrating to the US from India at 18 for college and navigating the academic system as an immigrant. She very courageously talks about past depressive episodes, her internalized stigma associated with medication use, her decision to start meds, and how they have changed her life for the better. I loved this story! Rescue dogs, cheugi (replaces cringey), eating nutella with a spoon, and bad taste in music. Enjoy! 
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    • 32 min
    Roland Thorpe, PhD on diversity, equity, and inclusion and being chocolate mousse

    Roland Thorpe, PhD on diversity, equity, and inclusion and being chocolate mousse

    Today, I got to enjoy an informative, hilarious, and illuminating conversation with the incomparable Roland Thorpe, Professor of Health, Behavior and Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. And his newest position, which we talk about today, is as the Associate Vice Provost of Faculty Diversity. Roland also discusses his love of food and drink, Android vs. iPhone, broccoli vs. broccolini, a story of academic kindness, and more! Enjoy!
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    • 34 min
    Jaimie Gradus, DSc on luck in grant funding and SER friendships

    Jaimie Gradus, DSc on luck in grant funding and SER friendships

    Welcome to the premier of Season 2 of Shiny Epi People! I could not find a better way to start this new season than to chat with one of my epi besties Jaimie Gradus, DSc. Jaimie is an Associate Professor at Boston University School of Public Health whose research focuses on psychiatric epidemiology. She has an impressive NIH grant portfolio, so we talk success, luck, and the lack of meritocracy in grant funding. Jaimie and I also share our best memories of the annual meetings of the Society for Epidemiologic Research, how we help each other succeed, her life growing up in the Bronx, hatred of jelly donuts and waterparks, and much more. Jaimie is so authentic and funny. You will enjoy this episode for sure! 
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    • 37 min
    Updates from Hoda Abdel Magid!

    Updates from Hoda Abdel Magid!

    It is the final of the update episodes with guests from 202! Today, you hear from the hilarious Hoda Abdel Magid. Hoda is currently in the second year of her postdoc. She tells me about resubmitting her K99-R00 application, hot yoga in a hijab, a setup date in Cairo that she didn't know was a setup, surfing, therapy (a fav topic of mine!), and more! You will LOL in this one. Please enjoy, and thank you for all of your support!
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    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
101 Ratings

101 Ratings

Raj.k8976 ,

Amazing

Lisa is incredible at keeping this podcast fun and light. Epidemiologist are quiet heroes and Lisa rightly gives them the light they deserve!

Emw1234 ,

Fantastic, funny, uplifting and helpful for epidemiology folks and beyond

Such an amazing podcast. I look forward to listening. The career and life advice and discussions are really informative too!

EpiFriends ,

So great

I didn’t use to listen to podcasts, but this one has brought so much joy.

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