May is #ZombieAwarenessMonth

May is Zombie Awareness Month, established by the Zombie Research Society.

The mission, according to Wikipedia (statement provides no source), is “to educate people about causes, prevention and preparation for a supposed future zombie pandemic.” The page gives no indication of whether or not this is supposed to be taken seriously.

The Zombie Research Society offers lifetime memberships for $25, which includes a ZRS T-shirt and a membership card. Other items available for sale include the Zombie Awareness gray ribbon, button, and rubber bracelet.

The Zombie Research Society was established in 2007 by Matt Mogk, author of Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Zombies and a cast member of AMC’s Talking Dead. Other experts associated with the ZRS are Luke W. Boyd, founder of Zombie-ThonDave Marks, host of “Zombie Night” in Canada and author of a zombie-focused blog; George A. Romero, director of the classic 1968 film Night of the Living Dead and its follow-ups; Steven Schlozman, M.D. (Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Co-Director of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School), author of The Zombie Autopsies: Secret Notebooks from the ApocalypseCameron Carlson (U. S. Navy), an outdoor survival expert; Tara C. Smith, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Kent State University College of Public Health); Daniel W. Drezner, Ph.D. (Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University), author of Theories of International Politics and ZombiesBradley Voytek, Ph.D. (University of California, San Diego), a neuroscientist; Peter Cummings, M.D. (Director of Forensic Neuropathology, Boston, Massachusetts Medical Examiner), author of The Neuropathology of ZombiesScott Kenemore, author of The Zen of Zombie: Better Living Through the Undead (Zen of Zombie Series), The Art of Zombie Warfare: How to Kick Ass Like the Walking Dead (Zen of Zombie Series), and Zombie, IllinoisTimothy Verstynen, Ph.D. (Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition), a neuroscientist; and Brendan Riley, Ph.D. (Columbia College, Chicago), teacher of the class “Zombies in Popular Media” at Columbia College.

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