In new podcast, Emory president asks consultants One Huge Query

How can we use social media to fight misinformation throughout public well being crises? That’s the massive query President Gregory L. Fenves asks epidemiologist Laurel Bristow on the primary episode of his new podcast, One Huge Query, out now. 

Bristow, who’s a scientific analysis coordinator on the Emory Vaccine Heart’s Hope Clinic, began posting movies on Instagram in 2020 to assist individuals perceive how viruses and pandemics perform. To start with, Bristow had 600 Instagram followers. She’s now amassed nearly 440,000 by spreading scientific details about infectious ailments. See for your self: @laurel__bristow. 

“In the identical method that social media is interesting to everybody to get an perception into different individuals’s lives — to see how they current it by way of video or images or intelligent phrases — we have taken that and we translate it into the best way we talk science,” Bristow says on the podcast.

On every episode of One Huge Query, Fenves sits down with Emory authors, inventors, researchers, alumni and extra to study their experiences and areas of experience. 

The primary three episodes shall be posted each different Wednesday beginning Aug. 31. Along with Bristow, upcoming episodes function bestselling creator Tayari Jones (Sept. 14), who’s the Charles Howard Candler Professor of English and Inventive Writing at Emory, and Emory School alumnus Christopher Mims (Sept. 28), who pens the Wall Road Journal tech column, Key phrases.

“Lately, we have sadly seen how social media can be utilized to unfold conspiracy theories, misinformation and disinformation,” Fenves says of his dialog with Bristow. “However what in regards to the reality? Laurel has proven that social media, with all of its eccentricities, may also be a robust medium for reality telling and fantasy busting.”

Taking science to the individuals

Through the first 18 months of COVID-19, Bristow did simply that — she took scholarly work to the individuals. The self-described “baddie for science” commonly answered individuals’s questions on masks, variants and vaccines. She additionally created a doc, linked to her account, which she updates as information evolve. 

Bristow’s conversational tone and colourful graphics make the information appear much less daunting. And, along with sharing pandemic data, she posts about her bike membership, black cat named Moonpie and a few of her favourite karaoke songs.

On One Huge Query, Fenves asks Bristow, “Scientists be taught to talk to different scientists in scientific language with scientific understanding and context. As you consider chatting with a broad viewers, how do you set your self within the state of mind to speak to any person within the grocery retailer or in a movie show?”

To which Bristow replies partly, “I really like infectious illness analysis, I really like studying about it, and I like to show different individuals about it as a result of I am so obsessed with it. So, it makes it very easy to speak what I am doing with different individuals, as a result of it comes from a want that I really need them to grasp the best way that I perceive in order that they will really feel as obsessed with it as I really feel.”

Bristow earned her grasp’s diploma in infectious illness management from the London College of Hygiene and Tropical Drugs. There, she did her thesis analysis on maternal and neonatal hospital-acquired sepsis in Stone City, Zanzibar. She has spent the previous decade engaged on public well being points corresponding to HIV, tuberculosis and, now, COVID-19. Previous to coming to Emory 4 years in the past, Bristow was an epidemiologist with the San Francisco Division of Public Well being.

Because the COVID-19 pandemic strikes towards endemic, Bristow says she desires to make use of her platform to teach individuals about different infectious ailments. She lately expanded to TikTok and Twitter. 

“We have been speaking about HIV lately due to a conspiracy principle about COVID vaccines inflicting HIV,” says Bristow. “I used to be explaining stuff and I simply casually mentioned, ‘Let me know in case you guys need me to speak extra about HIV,’ and other people have been so enthusiastic about it. They need to hear about HIV. They need to hear about TB. They need to hear about Ebola.” 

Getting individuals enthusiastic about studying is Fenves’ most important aim with One Huge Query.

“I actually simply like to be taught, and right here at Emory I’m lucky to be surrounded by a few of the most sensible minds on the earth,” says Fenves. “This podcast permits me to ask our consultants large questions on society, the long run, challenges we face and the sudden, daring, formidable and courageous options they’ve found for themselves. It’s been enjoyable to date and I sit up for doing extra.”

Hearken to the complete podcast interview. 

In his new podcast sequence, President Gregory L. Fenves asks Emory consultants large questions on society, the challenges we face, and the sudden, daring, formidable and courageous options they’ve found.

The primary three episodes shall be posted each different Wednesday beginning Aug. 31.

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