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Zoonosis: what it is and what it means

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  Zoonosis. No, it doesn’t have anything to do with noses. It hardly has anything to do with zoos either. Then what are zoonoses? And how do you pronounce the darn word? Technically, the term zoonoses follows the same pattern as other disease related terms, like mycoses. It’s pronounced as zoo-o-no-sis. The –osis suffix is Latin from Greek expressing a state or a condition, or disease.… Read More

Beyond GDP: change the game’s incentives by making it more like an open source community (Olympics for the Earth)

Gross domestic product (GDP) has been a crucial metric for individual countries to know how they are doing from year to year. The International Human Dimensions Programme (IHDP) recently invited essays on this topic. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to finish writing by the deadline, but here are my ideas. If we are all to continue reaping resources from the Earth and benefit from the land and… Read More

The role of infectious zoonotic diseases as a connecting element for the Sustainable Development Goals

Someone once asked me, “Isn’t sustainable development an oxymoron?” Now, before you are filled to the brim with contempt for this person, it was only a half-serious but quite valid question with a point to be made. The way that we define and practice sustainable development would be very important to know and understand first to be able to tackle this question. And in any… Read More

Ideas in virtual space through actor-network theory

This was an essay written for a course I took, continuing on the discussion of geography and sociology. Introduction The commodification of technology has made it even easier to reach individuals and groups that are physically distant, but virtually neighboring. In the Information Age, new connections between people and groups of people are being created in the virtual world as much as or more than they… Read More

My short foray into human geography and sociology and what I’ll bring back to natural sciences

This week, I officially completed a graduate level course on geography and social theory. Having absolutely no background in geography or sociology, it was an interesting experience. What drew me to this module was that it combined spatial thinking with social thinking. With the disease research I’m hoping to do for my PhD, space is going to be a part of it through spatial analyses.… Read More

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