Raised and mostly educated in N.Y. Have a B.S. in Medical Lab Sciences with (A.S.C.P.) certification in Clinical Microbiology. Went on to earn my Master's in Public Administration concentrating in Health Policy & Management (MPA) from New York University. I enjoy clinical microbiology very much, but haven't really taught it on a "professional" level. I have taught other co-workers, technologists who I supervised, Resident physicians who "rotated" through the lab as part of their training and lab technologists who specialized in non-microbiology sections of the lab, in addition to serving as a "mentor" to co-workers at a non-technical position I held in a medical device/instrument supply manufacturing company known for its supplies provided to hospital, clinics and doctors offices around the world. Here I served as a Technical Specialist in the Technical Service department where we answered customer calls into an "800" number. The technical specialist was trained to know the devices & instruments manufactured in the company's "Diagnostic's" division, or the division supplying hospital clinical labs, primarily clinical microbiology laboratories. I helped customers troubleshoot problems, answered microbiology-oriented questions especially as they related to product usage, documented product complaints, researched questions on the company Intranet or via the Internet, updated departmental procedural manuals and worked on groups responsible for revision of individual product inserts, led a monthly ID/AST Specialist team and worked on miscellaneous projects, including training new hires. I love microbiology because these bacteria have been around a very long time and consistently defy man's efforts to try and eliminate them. They are genetically prepared to fight whatever selective pressure man decides to place on them such as antibiotics. In fact, the initial use of antibiotics proved to be miraculous and cured many infectious diseases that until that time killed many children before they could reach young adulthood. Since the mid 1990's however, both physician and layman's abuse of antibiotics - prescribing too easily, using for viruses and not bacteria, not using the whole prescription, use of antibiotics in agriculture to improve the growth rate of animals - has increased the "selective pressure" placed upon the bacteria leading to increased rates of resistance to the same antibiotics we wish to be effective. They were here long before we were and will be he
Bill Nye is a man with a mission: to foster a scientifically literate society by helping people everywhere understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work. Nye has spent the past 20 years educating students young and old about science and understands the importance of keeping minds active after the last school bell rings. “Learning can happen anywhere and at anytime – the important thing is that it should never stop,” Nye said. “We’ve put together fun, free and easy activities that will make this the summer of learning versus the summer filled with the dreaded words ‘I’m bored.’ ” AN EARLY KNACK FOR HOW THINGS WORK Making science entertaining and accessible is something Bill has done most of his life. Growing up in Washington, D.C., he spent afternoons and summers de-mystifying math for his classmates. While working for Boeing in Seattle, Bill combined his love of science with his flair for comedy. After winning a Steve Martin look-alike contest, he became an engineer by day and a stand-up comic by night. Eventually, Bill made the transition to comedy writer and performer on Seattle’s home-grown ensemble comedy show “Almost Live.” This is where “Bill Nye the Science Guy®” was born. The 18-time Emmy Award-winning show appeared before Saturday Night Live and later on Comedy Central. During this time, he also wrote five kids’ books about science, including his latest title, “Bill Nye’s Great Big Book of Tiny Germs.” BROADENING HIS MISSION Bill’s passion for math and science translated into a love of space. His role as CEO of The Planetary Society, the world’s large space interest organization, has taken him across the globe. And one thing Bill is very proud of is the MarsDials, two sundials on residing on Mars he created with Cornell scientists. America’s favorite stand-up scientist hasn’t changed much from that kid growing up in Washington, DC. He still rides his bike to work. He’ll pull out his Periodic Table of the Elements from his wallet. And his drive for helping others understand science is as strong as ever.