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Hello from Melo

Hello HASTAC folks!  Hello world!  Hello from Melo!  I'm very excited to be a part of this community!  

I'm a first-year Ph.D student in Population Biology, Ecology, and Evolution (PBEE) at Emory University.  I am currently rotating in research laboratories that study eco-epidemiology and infectious disease modeling.  I hope that HASTAC will help me become a better scientist, a more connected professional, and an engaging science ambassador to the public.       

I just moved to Atlanta from Los Angeles, so every day is an adventure for me--from enjoying some shrimp & cheese grits to mid-day thunderstorms that come and go out of nowhere.  For fun, I enjoy dancing, going to art walks, and chasing food trucks.  

Here's a list of my page's Top 3 Projects for the next few months:

1.   MORPHEUS!   

A science blog that aims to make science information more accessible to the general public with this motto in mind: science for the people!  While publication in academic journals exemplifies the pinnacle of scholarship, the traditional publication process can drag for a long time; meanwhile, new media technology, especially the blog, provides a dynamic medium for the most groundbreaking science news that travels via seminar talks that happen in pre-publication. I hope to use my blog to broadly communicate about exciting advances in the biological sciences, with a particular focus on the most recent and cutting-edge breakthroughs at Emory, our neighbor CDC, and other establishments in academia, government, and industry. 

2.  Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in November 2012  

Live from San Jose in California, I will report on the highlights from the largest professional conference for biomedical students.  Over 1,500 undergraduate and graduate students usually give oral and poster presentations of their research projects that are usually funded by National Institutes of Health (NIH) programs that target professional development of people of color in the sciences, such as MARC and MBRS-RISE.  Representing Emory's Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences (GDBBS), I will have the honor of recruiting from this pool of talented and diverse students.

3.  61st Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in November 2012

Live from Downtown Atlanta, I will also report on the highlights from the premier forum of advances in tropical medicine and global health.  I will interview global health experts from around the world and share their insights through the HASTAC wiki.  


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