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Public Health Dynamics Seminar Series

J Epstein

"Agent_Zero: Toward Neurocognitive Foundations for Generative Social Science"

Joshua M. Epstein, Ph.D.

Professor of Emergency Medicine
Director, Center for Advanced Modeling in the Social, Behavioral, and Health Sciences
Johns Hopkins University

Author of "Agent Zero: Toward Neurocognitive Foundations for Generative Social Science"

Presenting as a Distinguished Speaker

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
3:00 – 4:00 PM
The New Pitt Public Health Auditorium (G23)

Certified for Grand Rounds credits

Reception to follow


MIDAS Investigator Receives ASPPH/Pfizer Award for Excellence in Academic Public Health Practice

Potter-Feb-2012-smallOn Sunday, November 3 in Boston, MA, the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health and Pfizer Inc. honored Maggie Potter with an award for her service and achievements in cultivating the public health leaders of the future. Ms. Potter was one of four graduate public health faculty recognized for their teaching, research, and practice excellence.

Ms. Potter leads the Policy & Preparedness team for the University of Pittsburgh MIDAS Center of Excellence.

The Pittsburgh MIDAS Center of Excellence concluded two summer programs for students

MIDAS SRP group photo 2013

In one program, we partnered with the Pittsburgh Health Career Scholars Academy to create a curriculum that incorporated the fundamentals of infectious disease modeling into the prestigious summer program's coursework. For four weeks, 110 rising high school junior and seniors from across Pennsylvania studied the health care delivery system, careers available in health care, public health, and research. MIDAS investigators and graduate students assisted with classroom activities that allowed students to explore modeling and simulation within the global public health domain.

In addition, we held our 4th Annual Summer Research Program, welcoming 14 undergraduates from all over the United States to the campus . The goal of the program is to introduce students to research within the field of computational modeling and simulation of infectious diseases. By providing hands-on experience with current MIDAS projects, the program also offers mentorship and career development opportunities. The program concluded by each student presenting their summer research projects.

MIDAS’ Workshop of Engaging Computational Methods for Public Health Law & Policy a Success!

legal workshop cover pageOn October 7-8, the Pittsburgh MIDAS Center of Excellence hosted an invitation-only workshop to explore the strengths, challenges, and potential applications of computational methods in legal and policy analysis for public health. Participants included leaders and experts in the contributing fields and disciplines. Up to twenty individuals, encompassing a wide range of expertise, focused their discussions on the potential value, challenges, and public health applications of computational legal research methods. The workshop will produce a manuscript for submission to the law section of a major public health journal.

The Workshop was sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh, including the MIDAS National Center of Excellence, the Public Health Dynamics Laboratory of the Graduate School of Public Health, and the School of Law.

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