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Winner of Exactly Six Words Contest Selected

We created a contest late last year for epidemiologists to write a story of exactly six words about the life of an epidemiologist. This contest was modelled on a feature in Science which had asked young scientist to write exactly six words which tell a story about the life of a scientist. We received multiple entries.

The winner of The Epidemiology Monitor contest is:


“No magic bullets; only data, suggestions”

This entry was submitted by Tamara Chavez-Lindell an epidemiologist with the Tennessee Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence of the East Tennessee Regional Health Office. Tamara will receive $300 for her prize winning entry.


Runners up who deserve Honorable Mention included the following descriptions of the life of an epidemiologist in six words:

“Achieve statistical significance or die trying”

·         Sameer Gopalani,  the Public Health Division of the Pacific Community (SPC)

“Remember: people are behind the data”


“If only the politicians would listen…”

·         Andrew Turner, Specialty Registrar in Public Health, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

“Agonize over causation; use associational language”

·         Felice Le-Scherban, Drexel University

“Data to policy: average 40 years”

    Salaam Semaan

We enjoyed sponsoring the contest and invite readers to submit ideas for topics which would make good contests. Submit your ideas to  ■


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