My name is Deanna Altomara, and I am a junior majoring in English (with a concentration in Creative Writing) and Human Health. When asked to describe myself, I usually explain that I have two passions: helping others, and writing.
These passions led me to the Scholarship and Service (SAS) program, where I lived in a house with 14 Emory Scholars for a ten-week long adventure in Atlanta. Twice a week, we would engage in discussion and field trips relating to a variety of social justice issues and, for the rest of the week, we each worked at different internships. I spent my internship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, helping Sarah Gregory, the Communications Lead for the Emerging Infectious Diseases journal.
Emerging Infectious Diseases is one of the world’s premier infectious disease journals, and is driven by a unique, but important, mission. EID is open-access, available online, and completely free. This is a rarity among scientific journals, which often require expensive subscriptions and restrict their articles to certain institutions. But EID was founded in 1995 with the purpose of disseminating cutting-edge research to a diverse audience of epidemiologists, doctors, policymakers, veterinarians, and more—even the public. Unlike other journals, EID is specifically edited to avoid unnecessary jargon and strives to make complex information easily accessible to all. And the journal excels at what it does: it is considered the number one open-access infectious diseases journal.
Another summer has come and gone. And although I’ll miss it, I know it’s not really over. I’m ecstatic to be continuing my internship into the fall, and have already met up with several of my SAS friends. This sun won’t set on this summer.