Abbie Smith - ERV

Abbie Smith - ERV

Let's talk viruses. Not you and me, but I would like to introduce you to Abigail Smith. She is a virologist and studies endogenous retrovirus, and the reason I want you to know her is that she is an engaging speaker capable of explaining complex topics in simple terms. It's not necessary to have a good understanding of science or be interested in viruses to understand her and to be captivated by a topic that never seized your attention before. She has a few lectures on youtube, and I suspect that after you watch these, you'll want to search for more. The first two videos are brief, just to spark your curiosity and the third explains how vaccines are created and how they work in a very entertaining way.  I know that for most of you this topic is not appealing, but trust me and let your curiosity win this time. We all get vaccinated or at least we should, but for sutch a common occurrence in our lives, most of us don't know how it works. 


Abbie Smith is a virologist and host of http://scienceblogs.com/erv. In this clip, she speaks about her own introduction to the alien world of viruses and the tireless struggle to develop an HIV vaccine.


Abbie Smith is a virologist and host of http://scienceblogs.com/erv. In this clip, she addresses the science (and anti-science) behind vaccinations.


Abbie Smith has a BS in Biology from Truman State and is currently finishing her Ph.D in Microbiology and Immunology at Oklahoma University. A frequent speaker at science and freethought events, Abbie's research focuses on the evolution of viruses like HIV-1, and how we can use that information to create better vaccines. Though her research focuses on retroviruses, she has a love of all things viral and writes about them frequently on her blog, ERV (http://scienceblogs.com/erv/).


Unfortunately, Abbie Smith hasn't published on her blog in a while, and I don't see new videos on youtube. I hope that's because she's busy with her Ph.D. and eventually she will have an online presence again, but until then there are others videos and audio recordings available, just ask Google.

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