Dear TRENDS Diary -
Being a COVID epidemiologist is exciting in a weird way. Of course, I would never hope for a pandemic in a million years. But it is pretty neat to have finished my graduate degree a few years before it happened. It has validated that the work I do is important, even when working in the shadows. At times in the past, it seemed like no one even knew the word epidemiologist.
I went into public health to try and make a difference. I studied international health, but really at the core I try to think globally and act locally. This was my opportunity to act locally, to be a part of a team that is trying to protect the health and safety of all the employees at Boulder’s University Corporation for Atmospheric Research and Boulder’s National Center for Atmospheric Research.