The Jacob Marschak Interdisciplinary Colloquium on Mathematics in the Behavioral Sciences at UCLA


APRIL 19, 2016 | 3 to 4:30 P.M.

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Networks, Data, and the Race against Global Pandemics

Speaker: Lauren Meyers, Professor of Intergrative Biology, University of Texas at Austin

Host: Van Savage, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Biomathematics, UCLA

Infectious diseases pose a dynamic and devastating threat to global health. Over the past three years, Zika has dramatically expanded its global reach, Ebola has ravaged West Africa, a deadly avian influenza virus has surfaced in Asia, MERS threatens the Middle East, and the persistent scourge of HIV, malaria and tuberculosis have claimed millions of lives.

Meyers will discuss the challenges of tracking and controlling such diseases and how scientists use network-based mathematical models of human and animal contacts, big data, and high performance computing to support public health agencies in the race to detect and contain outbreaks before they emerge on a global scale.

Meyers received a PhD in biological sciences from Stanford University.