So when I saw a feature on her this Sunday, I thought: how could I not mention an article that a. features a hero in injury prevention and b. mentions the very title of this blog?
By 1973, she was teaching Hopkins’s first class in injury prevention. Baker’s decision to champion what was at the time a virtually nonexistent discipline was a mystery to some of her colleagues. One of them, a public-health professor, asked what she was working on. “The connection between alcohol and highway safety,” she replied. “Oh,” the professor said, “is that public health?” (emphasis added)
--Robert W. Stock for the New York TimesThe world outside is raining and storming, you might as well take the time to enjoy this piece and be inspired by a woman who sees public health everywhere. The article not only has some neat stories from the Annals of Safety History (any good student of Baker and DHem should recognize some of these), but also shows how a research career forms and grows and relates to the people and world around us. It's that second part that makes me like the piece so much. I don't yet know if I can talk about so many research projects without being boring. But examples like this is exactly what I'm gearing up to do here when I grow up.