(2009) Public Health in the 21st Century: the Open-Source Outbreak: Jennifer Gardy

Name: Jennifer Gardy

Talk Title: “Public Health in the 21st Century: the Open-Source Outbreak”

Notes: UBC Alumni (Faculty of Science, 2000).

Topic: Dr. Jennifer Gardy, an alumnus speaker at the event, is co-leading the new genome research lab at the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC). She is also known as Nerd Girl from her Globe and Mail blog of the same name. In her talk, Gardy shared how advances in technology have provided increased collaboration on scientific research and scholarly publications — what she labelled as public health 2.0.

For example, she showed how one publication had 36 authors. After leading the audience through the origins of H1N1, she stated how it only took five days from the sequencing of the virus to the first open-source paper. Gardy ended her talk emphasizing how students should be willing to explore the benefits of Open Access publications, collaborative research, and emerging technologies. (From Phillip Jeffrey’s Macleans’ oncampus blog)


Filmed by Craig Ross at TEDx Terry talks 2009 (October 3rd, 2009). Video edited by David Ng.

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3 Responses to “(2009) Public Health in the 21st Century: the Open-Source Outbreak: Jennifer Gardy”

  1. Andre Gagne

    Is it just me or is her voice only coming out of the left channel?

  2. David Ng

    Hmmm… you’re right. The audio feed was one sided, but I thought I encoded the audio as mono so that the sound would project the same on both ears. Let me see if I can fix without breaking the link. There’s a few places that have embedded the talk so I’d hate to break those links.

  3. Lynn Chisholm

    Wow. No wonder there are very few comments here…..If you can get past the first five minutes where Dr. Gardy showcases herself this has potential to be an interesting presentation. Not that interesting though…..I quit watching at the 12 minute mark.

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