Well, there might be more overlap then you'd think at first, as water quality would also include such things as insect populations (e.g. mosquitoes.)And anyway, it wouldn't be water quality like the existing event. "Water Quality" as a Disease Detectives event would probably be about water-bourne illnesses (which kind of relate to Environmental Quality).
I think it may have been the topic in 2002. Somewhere around there.Does anyone know if Environmental Quality has been a topic for Disease Detectives before?
I think it's supposed to be a cycle every few years or so, maybe 2-3 years a topic?I think it may have been the topic in 2002. Somewhere around there.Does anyone know if Environmental Quality has been a topic for Disease Detectives before?
That sounds cool. I hope I get this again next year.Based on the event handouts from previous years, and the past few years' cycle of topics, the topics are as follows:
2011/2012: Food-borne illness
2009/2010: Population increase based disease
2007/2008: Environmental quality (as it shall be next year)
So if you look on the disease detectives page on soinc.org, the 2008 handout states: "2008 emphasis will be on environmental causes of health problems."
Thus, it seems that 2008 was the last year this was a topic and based on a 2-3 year topic rotation, it was also a topic in 2007, for which there is an old nationals test online already!
Hope this helps all you folks out there!
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