Hurry up and get here already! I can't wait for our Sophomore College class to start. I know that Dr. Bob and the other SCAs, Aaron and Josh, feel the exact same way.
I am really looking forward to getting to know you all. We are going to learn so much about variola and the interesting ways in which humans and viruses interact, from the level of the cell all the way up to the baffling global eradication of the worst scourge on humanity. In addition to mastering cool material, we've got tons of fun activities planned like field trips and infectious disease movie nights. In short, this class is going to be a blast.
So as to not be entirely non-academic, here is an interesting link I found for those of you who might be intrigued by former biological weapons programs. If you're up on the course reading then you should already be familiar with Ken Alibek's BIOHAZARD. If you want more along the same flavor, here is an interview with research scientist Sergei Popov, offering another perspective on VECTOR.
Lauren aka, "ebolagirl"