I am: intense, determined & strong
What I do: I am a Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh and President of the Environmental Health Trust, a non-profit dedicated to identifying the environmental causes of cancer and proposing policies to reduce the risks of the disease. Epidemiology is a branch of medical science that studies the causes, distribution, and control of disease in populations. I do research, writing, public speaking, fundraising, and development. I love learning new things from really smart people and helping people understand how they can control their health. My most recent book is The Secret History of the War on Cancer.
My "career path": I always knew I wanted to be a teacher and a student and have found various ways to do both throughout my life. My first job was at age 15 as a typist.
My favorite things outside of work: Hiking, biking, skiing, playing with my grandchildren, and studying haftorahs (selections from the book of Prophets from the Hebrew bible)
Tips for a successful girlfuture:
• Study sciences when you are young and your brain will learn to handle complicated ideas.
• You can do anything so long as you stay strong of mind and body.
• Plan for a long life and many different careers.
• Find a supportive partner who shares your dreams.