Speaking – About Africa, About Smallpox, About Terror

  BOOK ONE OF MY POPULAR TALKS In eradicating smallpox, my husband was on the frontlines of human vs. microbe. But in the midst of The Terror, our family was on a frontline of a different sort. You can hear about those experiences.   COME HEAR A STORY FEW HAVE EVER HEARD Where I'm speaking…

Bangladesh, grandmother carrying baby with smallpox, 1975

5 Reasons We Need A Treatment for Smallpox

It’s big news. Check the New England Journal of Medicine, ScienceNews, NYTimes, Forbes, Huff Post—you name it. This is huge. The FDA has approved the first-ever drug to treat variola (smallpox). But why? (Read to the end to  5 possible reasons.) Scientists in and out of the military started smallpox #biodefense research right after 9/11.…

Updated* My Africa Memoir Hits A Milestone

Celebrate with me, my friends. I've just sent the manuscript for my Africa memoir Vaccines & Bayonets: Fighting Smallpox in Africa amid Tribalism, Terror and the Cold War off to the proofreader. It feels like a triumph. Never mind the months and miles still to go toward publication. This milestone also coincides with a turning point in…