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Dr. Bonny Specker is Professor and Chair Emerita at South Dakota State University. She received her Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the University of Cincinnati and spent fifteen years on the faculty at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. In 1997, she moved to South Dakota as the E.A. Martin Endowed Chair in Human Nutrition. She has published extensively in bone, calcium, and vitamin D metabolism and in maternal and child health epidemiology. Since 2020 she has monitored the COVID-19 situation in South Dakota, posted regular blogs, and produced videos with the City of Brookings to educate the general public on basic epidemiological principles. Upon retiring in 2021, she has written a historical fiction titled “Spot On: The 1846 Faroe Islands Measles Outbreak,” inspired by the non-fictional investigation of the Danish physician and epidemiologist Peter Panum, and is currently writing her second historical fiction on the 1876-1877 Lake Winnipeg smallpox outbreak.