Jeffrey Shaman discusses how statistical models can be used to forecast the spread of infectious diseases, including influenza, using environmental data. Some of his work has focused specifically on predicting the spread of respiratory viral infections right here in NYC.
How dementia is so human
As part of a special event in Tampa called We're Only Human, three speakers sought to prove how wrong that statement is.
Sarah Fontaine is a postdoc at the Byrd Alzheimer's Institute at the University of South Florida. She talks about using models to look at memory loss but how dementia itself is uniquely human.
The universe is out to hurt you. Self-preservation starts with your sensory nerves, found throughout the body from toes to nose. These nerves trigger pain using sensors that detect specific dangers (heat and cold). These same sensors have been targeted by defense-minded plants (chili peppers and peppermint), to elicit pain upon ingestion. Understanding why chili is hot and why you should put it in birdseed has opened up pain research.
Tom Taylor-Clark is an Associate Professor at the University of South Florida. He spoke at the Tampa Pint of Science events in May 2015.
Prior to 1995, only nine, ahem, eight planets (sorry Pluto!) were known to exist in our Galaxy, and all of them were in our Solar System. Since that time, over 1800 planets have been discovered orbiting other stars, and, in addition to these "exoplanets", over 4600 planetary candidates have been identified. We are learning that planets seem to be ubiquitous in our Galaxy! We will discuss the discovery and properties of exoplanets, as well as a bit of my own research on the host stars.
Simon Schuler is an Assistant Professor at the University of Tampa. He spoke at the Tampa Pint of Science events in May 2015.
Larry Goldstein is a Distinguished Professor at UCSD and a pioneer in stem cell research. Listen to him explain how stem cells are the new "plastic".
UCSD postdoc Erilynn Heinrichsen outlines a novel way to diagnose iron deficiency.
Francesca is a postdoc at UCSD and a researcher studying the development of the placenta and diagnostic tools to improve health in pregnancy.
Neva Parker is a microbiologist by training. She works at White Labs on developing yeast to produce different flavors in beer.
Indroneal Banerjee is a postdoc at UCSD. He studies cardiac disease during development and in adults.
Tessa Verhoef is a postdoc in the Center for Research in Language at UCSD. She studies the evolution of language – here she describes how we can do it through whistling.
Frank Cornelissen is a research fellow at the University of Cambridge, UK and the University of California, San Diego, US. Listen to him talk about the power of human networks and how they go against our expectations.