Polio, the race for a vaccine and one personal story


Since the late 50s and 60s, many Americans have been able to grow up without ever developing measles, mumps or polio. Vaccines have made this possible and continue to be one of the best lines of defense for infectious disease.

Recently, our Smith/Patterson Fellow, Andria Caruthers, interviewed Carolyn Bening, a polio survivor and public health advocate, as part of our month-long look at vaccinations, how they work and why they still matter today. Against the backdrop of the race for an effective polio vaccine, hear Carolyn’s story and how polio affected her life, as well as her family’s. Watch now>>>

Applications for the Summer Smith/Patterson Fellowship Are Now Being Accepted

The Fellowship Is Open to Any U.S.-based Master’s Student Interested in Science Journalism or a Health Communication-related Field Columbia, Mo. – The Health Communication Research Center at the Missouri School of Journalism is accepting applications for the summer Smith/Patterson Fellowship. The Fellowship is open to any U.S.-based master’s student interested … Continue reading

An interview with Joye Patterson

By Shraddha Sankhe Related Blog Post: Remembering Joye Patterson. Note: This interview took place on Feb. 23 between Joye Patterson and Smith/Patterson Fellow Shraddha Sankhe.  As the Smith/Patterson Fellow for 2011-12, I had an opportunity to interview former MU Professor Joye Patterson. Joye taught science writing at the School of Journalism from 1966 to … Continue reading