Paul Etkind is a retired public health epidemiologist who concentrated primarily on infectious diseases. He worked at the local, state, and national levels, and was (and continues to be) active in professional organizations. Besides continuing work in epidemiology, he is active in (among other things) forest and lake sustainability within Eastman in Grantham, the Sherlock Holmes Club of the Upper Valley, and writing letters to the editor of the Valley News and other publications. His academic background includes a Bachelor's degree in Biology (1971) from Clark University in Worcester, MA, and a Masters (1976) and Doctoral degree (1998) from the School of Public Health at Yale University.
Course Title: Influenza: Mother Nature's Worst WMD (Weapon of Mass Disease) (Fall Term 2018)
Paul Etkind was extremely well-prepared for each class and he followed-up on issues and questions brought up in conversations. It was a good mix of information, conversation, and documentaries.
The study leader was very knowledgeable in his field, open to any and all questions and discussions, and was organized and stuck to his course objectives and outline, while still being flexible. Also, the topic of pandemics and epidemics was relevant to today and to the future.