Julie Louise Gerberding, M.D., M.P.H.,
first female director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is resigning her post
effective January 20th. While subject to criticism for her management
of the agency and failure to mollify
the autism community over issues of vaccine safety
, she was a straight (if silenced)
shooter on global warming and her efforts to restructure the CDC
as a prevention-oriented agency are to be commended.