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85: Epidemiology and Biostatistics – Stop Starting and Start Finishing! – Rebecca Carter
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85: Epidemiology and Biostatistics – Stop Starting and Start Finishing! – Rebecca Carter

Rebecca Carter earned a Bachelor’s in Psychology and PHD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics and is a Post-Doctoral researcher at Ohio State.

[0:0] Rebecca is a Post-doctoral researcher in cardiovascular medicine and goes into what careers are available in Epidemiology – you could work for the CDC – Center for Disease Control and Prevention as well as other government positions.

[2:25] Bio-statistics, it is the statistics for medical purposes.

[3:05] Bachelors in Psychology – she actually did Marine Biology research at Boston University while in high school.

[6:25] Rebecca takes us through her journey of research – she uses Evernote to keep of information and if you are interested in doing research while in high school, you should create an online presence and portfolio before reaching out to your local university. She discusses the EIS – Epidemic Intelligence Services program and some other programs are the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship.

[9:30] what has Rebecca fired up today is the use of statistical significance, the P-value.

[11:30] Heading to college – no one will train you, but you, and you need to stay organized and to think about the next day , and ask yourself – what am I avoiding? – that is probably the most important thing to do.

[13:00] best advice received – stop starting an start finishing and a personal habit is to focus on the process and not on the end results. Favorite app is Evernote/Onenote and a good book is “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron.

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