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Woodnard K. (Woody) Givens

Woodnard K. (Woody) Givens is a dad of a nineteen-month-old son. He is an Associate Professor of Biology at Northern Virginia Community College’s (NVCC) Loudoun Campus in Sterling, VA, where he teaches Microbiology, Anatomy/Physiology and General Biology. In 2014 he received the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award, which recognizes community college professors for teaching and leadership. He holds a Bachelor’s in Human Resource Management and a Master’s degree in Biology with a focus on Microbiology and Molecular Biology from Old Dominion University and holds a Masters of Public Health from the University of Virginia. As an MPH student, he was a recipient of a Public Health Impact Award for work on a pilot study that used community spaces in Charlottesville, VA for the delivery of Cancer education for African-Americans. You can read more writing at his blog or follow on Twitter (@pubhealthsci).

What Parents Need to Know About Elizabethkingia

By April 11, 2016 No Comments
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As a Microbiologist and a Public Health professional, it can be challenging to stay on top new and emerging microbes, and it’s even more challenging as a dad to read about these microorganisms and not seal my 16 month old away in a sterile room. In microbiology we are often aware of a specific microbe […]

Categories: Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Policy, Politics, + Pop Health


How to Protect Your Family from Viral Meningitis

By October 12, 2015 1 Comment
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  There are certain diseases that instantly cause dread and fear when spoken about, especially when it comes to our kids. The mere mention of polio, measles, and meningitis create panic and fear within a community and I should know – I’m the father of an infant and every time we’re told one of these […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Newborns + Infants, School-Aged Children, Toddlers + Preschoolers, Tweens + Teens


How Did E. coli Wind Up in Bottled Water? Spoiler Alert: Poop

By July 14, 2015 No Comments
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Just as summer started in late June, officials from Niagara, LLC initiated a large recall of their bottled water due to evidence of E. coli at the company’s spring water source. This was cause for concern for many people, including parents, as summer is when bottled water is a regular go-to and most in demand, and […]

Categories: Food, Nutrition, + Infant Feeding, Infectious Disease + Vaccines