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Disease Detectives B/C

Postby pikachu4919 » July 15th, 2018, 3:10 pm

Disease Detectives B/C: Students will use investigative skills in the scientific study of disease, injury, health and disability in populations or groups of people.

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Re: Disease Detectives B/C What's new?

Postby nmsciencemom » September 6th, 2018, 7:27 pm

I noticed on this year's event description, the section about C level doing advanced statistics is gone, replaced by a requirement they do more on confounding, biases and prevention measures. Does this mean we can stop trying to teach college statistics?!! Probably will be more clear on the new DD CD from Nationals.
They are also are trying to allocate the test emphasis more evenly on Background and Surveillance, Outbreak Investigation and Patterns, Controls and Prevention. If only our state event supervisor would take note of the changes...
Also new, the "5 step Process for Surveillance and the types of Surveillance".

And most importantly, this would normally be the year that the topic would be environmental sources of disease, but there is no mention of a special area to focus on this year under the Description paragraph. Anyone know if we are moving away from doing topics?!

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Re: Disease Detectives B/C What's new?

Postby UTF-8 U+6211 U+662F » September 7th, 2018, 2:09 pm

nmsciencemom wrote:I noticed on this year's event description, the section about C level doing advanced statistics is gone, replaced by a requirement they do more on confounding, biases and prevention measures. Does this mean we can stop trying to teach college statistics?!! Probably will be more clear on the new DD CD from Nationals.
They are also are trying to allocate the test emphasis more evenly on Background and Surveillance, Outbreak Investigation and Patterns, Controls and Prevention. If only our state event supervisor would take note of the changes...
Also new, the "5 step Process for Surveillance and the types of Surveillance".

And most importantly, this would normally be the year that the topic would be environmental sources of disease, but there is no mention of a special area to focus on this year under the Description paragraph. Anyone know if we are moving away from doing topics?!

To be fair, I've never had a disease detectives test that included much about the topic (other than some of the foodborne illness tests but even then sometimes it's just the diseases mentioned that change). I love how they made the rules more specific though. All in all, they probably just wanted to change up the event.

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Postby CCBlazer » September 8th, 2018, 10:13 am

On the DD Soinc.org page, it has several 2018 training resources. Will those be updated for 2019 soon? Or are we supposed to just use last year's materials? (I'm talking about the powerpoint presentation, the resource page, and the handout).
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Re: Disease Detectives B/C

Postby Anomaly » September 8th, 2018, 11:05 am

CCBlazer wrote:On the DD Soinc.org page, it has several 2018 training resources. Will those be updated for 2019 soon? Or are we supposed to just use last year's materials? (I'm talking about the powerpoint presentation, the resource page, and the handout).
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They should update those for this season soon. I think last year it was uploaded within a month of the rules coming out
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Postby platypusomelette » September 8th, 2018, 1:43 pm

So I'm kinda interested in doing this event. Can anyone give me a 1 min summary of what the general idea is like?
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Re: Disease Detectives B/C

Postby UTF-8 U+6211 U+662F » September 8th, 2018, 2:20 pm

platypusomelette wrote:So I'm kinda interested in doing this event. Can anyone give me a 1 min summary of what the general idea is like?

This event is all about epidemiology. In essence, epidemiology is about two things: disease and population. This event involves things like determining the cause of an outbreak, recommending and determining the effectiveness of prevention measures, and learning generally what epidemiologists at the CDC do. I think it's pretty cool.

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Re: Disease Detectives B/C

Postby platypusomelette » September 8th, 2018, 2:29 pm

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platypusomelette wrote:So I'm kinda interested in doing this event. Can anyone give me a 1 min summary of what the general idea is like?

This event is all about epidemiology. In essence, epidemiology is about two things: disease and population. This event involves things like determining the cause of an outbreak, recommending and determining the effectiveness of prevention measures, and learning generally what epidemiologists at the CDC do. I think it's pretty cool.


So what kind of things would you do on the test?
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Re: Disease Detectives B/C

Postby UTF-8 U+6211 U+662F » September 8th, 2018, 2:43 pm

platypusomelette wrote:
UTF-8 U+6211 U+662F wrote:
platypusomelette wrote:So I'm kinda interested in doing this event. Can anyone give me a 1 min summary of what the general idea is like?

This event is all about epidemiology. In essence, epidemiology is about two things: disease and population. This event involves things like determining the cause of an outbreak, recommending and determining the effectiveness of prevention measures, and learning generally what epidemiologists at the CDC do. I think it's pretty cool.


So what kind of things would you do on the test?

Right, so some things you might be asked to do for this event:
  • Calculate statistics to determine if there is a link between a food item and food
  • Given the description of an outbreak, summarize the data in an "epi-curve" and generate various hypotheses about where the disease came from and how it is spreading
  • Define key vocabulary (this one's pretty boring, I admit)
  • Understand various study designs and how they are use in epidemiology to test hypotheses
  • Propose prevention measures for an outbreak after determing the cause
  • Answer questions about how diseases are transmitted and their natural histories
  • Etc.

If you want more detail, you can check out some of the tests on the Test Exchange! Or, if you don't want to commit to this event just yet, you can check out the fun web game put out by the CDC :)

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Re: Disease Detectives B/C

Postby Blubmeowfishycat » September 16th, 2018, 9:23 am

I was just wondering, this year's topic IS food borne illnesses, right? If it isn't, then what is it?

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Re: Disease Detectives B/C

Postby Anomaly » September 16th, 2018, 9:27 am

Blubmeowfishycat wrote:I was just wondering, this year's topic IS food borne illnesses, right? If it isn't, then what is it?

If you had looked at the rules this year, you would know that they have changed the event up so that it doesn't have a topic anymore. If there still had been a topic, however, it would have been Environmental Quality.
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Re: Disease Detectives B/C

Postby UTF-8 U+6211 U+662F » September 16th, 2018, 10:12 am

Anomaly wrote:
Blubmeowfishycat wrote:I was just wondering, this year's topic IS food borne illnesses, right? If it isn't, then what is it?

If you had looked at the rules this year, you would know that they have changed the event up so that it doesn't have a topic anymore. If there still had been a topic, however, it would have been Environmental Quality.

Honestly, the topic was never prominently featured in the rules in the first place.

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Re: Disease Detectives B/C

Postby Blubmeowfishycat » September 17th, 2018, 8:32 am

UTF-8 U+6211 U+662F wrote:
Anomaly wrote:
Blubmeowfishycat wrote:I was just wondering, this year's topic IS food borne illnesses, right? If it isn't, then what is it?

If you had looked at the rules this year, you would know that they have changed the event up so that it doesn't have a topic anymore. If there still had been a topic, however, it would have been Environmental Quality.

Honestly, the topic was never prominently featured in the rules in the first place.



Ok, thanks for your help! sorry for being so clueless, this is my first year trying this event and I was told that there were different topics.
again, thanks!!!

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Postby WhatScience? » September 21st, 2018, 5:04 pm

So I've never been the rest at interpreting the event rules. Can someone explain to me what has really changed. Like what statistics do we still need to know? What has been added that's new. What's replacing all those diseases?
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Re: Disease Detectives B/C

Postby UTF-8 U+6211 U+662F » September 21st, 2018, 5:16 pm

WhatScience? wrote:So I've never been the rest at interpreting the event rules. Can someone explain to me what has really changed. Like what statistics do we still need to know? What has been added that's new. What's replacing all those diseases?

Nothing much has really changed. It's just more explicit focus on the actual investigation of an outbreak, prevention, surveillance, etc. Also, there's no topic this year. The rules for this year are just less vague than they were before (although I don't see types of agents on the new rules? I think they'll still be tested though, since that's pretty basic stuff).


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