Joan L. Aron, Ph.D.

President, Science Communication Studies
5457 Marsh Hawk Way, Columbia, Maryland 21045
Tel: 410-740-0849 Fax: 410-964-3598


1996, M.Sc. Information Technology Management, Johns Hopkins University

1981, Ph.D. (Mathematical) Biology, Princeton University

1976, Dipl. Mathematical Statistics, Cambridge University

1974, B.A. Applied Mathematics, Harvard University/Radcliffe College


Dr. Aron is President and Founder of Science Communication Studies, a nonprofit research and education organization in Columbia, Maryland. After completing her doctorate, Dr. Aron worked on applications of mathematics in public health, first at the National Institutes of Health and then on the faculty at the Dept. of Population Dynamics at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. After obtaining another degree in information technology management, she formed a nonprofit organization called Science Communication Studies for cross-disciplinary communication of science. The focus areas are (1) environmental issues in public health, (2) mathematical modeling, especially the dynamics and control of infectious diseases linking information from multiple disciplines, and (3) advances in mathematics, science, and technology education.

Current projects with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) include preparedness for the impact of El Niņo on infectious diseases and a workshop on Caribbean climate and health issues. She is developing a Climate and Health Information Exchange ( for a collaborative research network on climate variability and human health in the tropical Americas. She has also written Internet-based educational materials on malaria control for the World Health Organization and is focusing on customized training units for different target audiences.

Ecosystem Change and Public Health: A Global Perspective (Aron & Patz, eds.), was published by the Johns Hopkins University Press in June 2001 ( and was awarded the NASA Earth Science Enterprise's Seal of Approval as an outstanding text. It has garnered excellent reviews in the Journal of the American Medical Association and the Bulletin of the World Health Organization. She has used epidemiological methods to analyze control strategies for computer viruses and is working on strategies for information assurance during bioterrorism attacks. She was the inaugural speaker for a new lecture series at Towson University Applied Mathematics Laboratory on mathematical problems in industry or science. She works with a national alliance to reform U.S. mathematics, science, and technology education.

She is currently on the associate faculty of the Dept. of Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins where she regularly lectures on mathematical models in infectious disease epidemiology. Other professional activities in 1998 - 2002 include several reviews: 1) Howard Hughes Biomedical Research Fellowships, 2) grant proposals for the National Science Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation; and 3) the third assessment report of the health impacts of global climate change.


Ventosilla P, Huarcaya E, Chinga E, Leon F, Palacios AM, Gutierrez P, Vidal S, Aron J. Influence of El Niņo event on the transmission of malaria in Luciano Castillo y Colonna (Piura, Peru). (poster presentation)

Aron JL, Zimmerman RH. Cross-disciplinary communication needed to promote the effective use of indicators in making decisions. Canad J Publ Hlth (in press)

Aron JL, O'Leary M, Gove RA, Azadegan S, Schneider MC. The benefits of a notification process in addressing the worsening computer virus problem: Results of a survey and a simulation model. Computers & Security 21 (2): 142-163 (2002).

Aron JL, Zimmerman RH. Malaria Control. The Epidemiological Approach. A distance education course for the independent learner. World Health Organization (2001).

Schneider MC, Aron J, Santos-Burgoa C, Uieda W, Ruiz-Velasco S. Common vampire bat attacks upon humans in a village of the Amazon region of Brazil. Cadernos de Saude Publica, Rio de Janeiro 17 (6): 1531-1536 (2001).

Aron JL, Patz JA (eds.) Ecosystem Change and Public Health: A Global Perspective, Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Maryland (2001).

Buck AA, Aron JL. Epidemiological study designs. In: Ecosystem Change and Public Health: A Global Perspective (2001), Chapter 2 [see Aron JL, Patz JA above]

Aron JL, Glass GE. Geographic information systems. In: Ecosystem Change and Public Health: A Global Perspective (2001), Chapter 3 [see Aron JL, Patz JA above]

Aron JL, Ellis JH, Hobbs BF. Integrated assessment. In: Ecosystem Change and Public Health: A Global Perspective (2001), Chapter 5 [see Aron JL, Patz JA above]

Aron JL, Shiff CJ, Buck AA. Malaria and global ecosystem change. In: Ecosystem Change and Public Health: A Global Perspective (2001), Chapter 12 [see Aron JL, Patz JA above]

Roberts L, Confalonieri UEC, Aron JL. Too little, too much: how the quantity of water affects human health. In: Ecosystem Change and Public Health: A Global Perspective (2001), Chapter 14 [see Aron JL, Patz JA above]

Aron JL. Cross-disciplinary Communication Needed to Promote the Effective Use of Indicators in Making Decisions, Consensus Conference on Environmental Health Surveillance, International Joint Commission of United States and Canada, October 10-12, 2000, Quebec City, Canada.

Aron JL. Mathematical modeling: the dynamics of infection. In: Infectious Disease Epidemiology: Theory and Practice (Nelson KE, Williams CM, Graham, NMH, eds.), Aspen Publishers, Gaithersburg, Maryland, Chapter 6 (2000).

Aron JL, Gove RA. Application of models from epidemiology to metrics for computer virus risk -- a brief update. In: Integrity and Internal Control in Information Systems: Strategic Views on the Need for Control. IFIP TC11 Working Group 11.5 Third Working Conference on Integrity and Internal Control in Information Systems, November 18-19, 1999, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (van Biene-Hershey ME, Strous L, eds.), Kluwer Academic Press, Boston/Dordrecht/London, pp. 179-184 (2000).

Aron JL. Conceptual and Methodological Approaches for the Study of Climate/Health Linkages, Paper Presented at Workshop on Health and Climate Variability, Setting an Agenda for Research on Health and the Environment, Maastricht, Netherlands, September 24 - 26, 1999.

Aron JL. Linking Models of Malaria with Climate Predictions, Presentation at International Research Institute for Climate Prediction Training Course on Climate and Health, Bamako, Mali, March 22 - April 9, 1999.

Aron JL, Gove RA. Applications of models from epidemiology to metrics for computer virus risk. In: Integrity and Internal Control in Information Systems. IFIP TC11 Working Group 11.5 Second Working Conference in Information Systems: Bridging Business Requirements and Research Results. Warrenton, Virginia, USA, November 19-20, 1998 (Jajodia S, List W, McGregor GW, Strous LAM, eds.), Kluwer Academic Press, Boston/Dordrecht/London, 1998, pp. 131-145.

Munoz B, Aron JL, Turner V, West SK. Incidence estimates of late stages of trachoma among women in a hyperendemic area of central Tanzania. Tropical Medicine and International Health, 2 (11): 1030-1038 (1997).

Diaz HF, Epstein PR, Aron JL, Confalonieri UEC. Belize workshop report: climatic changes and human health linkages in the tropical Americas. Eos Transactions, American Geophysical Union, 78 (45), Nov. 11 (1997).

Aron JL. Climate and Health Issues in the Caribbean, Presentation at Pan-Caribbean Climate Application and Research Consortium, Florida International University, Miami, FL, Nov 11-12, 1997.

Aron JL. Regional Cooperation for Research in Climate Variability and Health in the Americas. Presentation at Workshop on Impacts of Climate Variabilities on Public Health in the Trade Convergence Climate Complex, Panama City, Panama, June 17-18, 1997.

Aron JL. Challenges of Making Climate and Health a Higher Public Health Priority, Presentation at Workshop on Climatic Changes and Human Health Linkages in the Tropical Americas, Belize, Central America, May 4-6, 1997.

Aron JL. The Debate about Human Carrying Capacity and the Effect of Climate Change on Health, Presentation at Society for Occupational and Environmental Health Meeting, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, USA, March 6-7, 1997.

Aron JL. Application of Models from Epidemiology to Computer Network Assurance Metrics, Presentation at National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA, February 13, 1997.

Schneider MC, Santos-Burgoa C, Aron J, Munoz B, Ruiz-Velazco S, Uieda W. Potential force of infection of human rabies transmitted by vampire bats in the Amazonian region of Brazil. Am J. Trop. Med Hyg., 55 (6): 680-684 (1996).

Aron JL, Silverman BA. Models and public health applications. In: Parasitic and Infectious Diseases (Scott ME, Smith G, eds), London and New York, Academic Press, pp. 73-81 (1994).

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