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ASPPH Presents Webinar: A Vision for the Acceleration of Global Health Data for Science and Policy

ASPPH logoASPPH will host the first webinar in the 2014-2015 "ASPPH Presents" webinar series, A Vision for the Acceleration of Global Health Data for Science and Policy, on Thursday, October 16, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Eastern, featuring Dr. Wilbert van Panhuis, assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. This webinar, sponsored by the ASPPH Global Health Committee, will discuss the importance of using routinely collected public health data to inform public health science and policy and will present one model for such data sharing and use. The "ASPPH Presents" webinar series is provided as a benefit to CEPH-accredited ASPPH member schools and programs of public health.

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Project Tycho™ Bridges Statisticians and Public Health Practice Professionals in Disease Surveillance

Project Tycho logoIn August, MIDAS’ Dr. Wilbert van Panhuis presented a session at the 2014 Joint Statistical Meetings in Boston, MA. With his invited co-panelists and co-authors, van Panhuis presented “Bridging Statisticians with Public Health Practice Professionals in Disease Surveillance.” The session addressed the lack of agreement among the disease surveillance community on preferred technical methods for public health data monitoring. The authors specified problems routinely facing public health professionals and suggested methods to facilitate sharing of data and solution methods (e.g. Use case needs include data quality checking, anomaly detection, disaster and special event surveillance, and follow-up investigation). Speakers discussed problems generated by monitoring agencies and also datasets for use by the research community. The session featured the Univ. Pittsburgh School of Public Health's Project Tycho, created "to help launch a movement for open access to spatially and temporally granular public health data from around the world." Dataset generation methods including simulation and perturbation methods were also discussed along with use case problem challenges.

 

Stats in Action: Infectious Diseases

 

Scientists use American Community Survey statistics to simulate the spread of disease, allowing decision-makers to prepare for the next potential outbreak. Dr. Irene Eckstrand from the National Institutes of Health, and Bill Wheaton from RTI International, use the ACS data to create "synthetic" populations and determine the effect of disease transmission. FRED uses the synthetic populations developed by RTI International as part of the MIDAS project.

Agent_Zero: Joshua Epstein's New Book Published

Agent_Zero"In this pioneering synthesis, Joshua Epstein introduces a new theoretical entity: Agent_Zero. This software individual, or "agent," is endowed with distinct emotional/affective, cognitive/deliberative, and social modules. Grounded in contemporary neuroscience, these internal components interact to generate observed, often far-from-rational, individual behavior. When multiple agents of this new type move and interact spatially, they collectively generate an astonishing range of dynamics spanning the fields of social conflict, psychology, public health, law, network science, and economics."

- The Princeton University Press

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