For the first time, alumni are invited to join MIT students in a special hybrid course that will provide students and alumni with an opportunity to study the influence of astronomy on humanity through time and cultures, with a particular focus on the evolution of our worldview. Led by professors Julien de Wit and Richard Binzel
This lecture series is by invitation only for MIT Alumni. The links, materials, and presentations associated with the series must not be shared, copied, recorded, or posted online. The views and opinions expressed in the presentations are solely those of the presenters and do not necessarily reflect the official position of the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, its faculty, or MIT.
Patron's Circle Virtual Celebration
Thursday, April 15, 2021 — 4-5:30PM (EST)
A virtual reception with a poster session and and lightning talks from our graduate fellows highlighting the importance of fundamental research to our understanding of the natural world.
Remarks by Neil E. Rasmussen '76, SM '80, Chair of the EAPS Patrons Circle
How much evidence do you need? Data Science to Inform Environmental Policy During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The 18th Annual Henry W. Kendall Memorial Lecture
Please join us for a thought-provoking evening with Francesca Dominici, Director of the Harvard Data Science Initiative, at Harvard University and the Clarence James Gamble Professor of Biostatistics, Population and Data Science at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
On December 7, 2020, the New York Times reported that President Trump declined to tighten soot rules. This was despite strong evidence of the adverse health effects including a link to COVID-19 deaths. In this talk, I will provide an overview of data science methods, including methods for causal inference and machine learning, to inform environmental policy. This is based on my work analyzing a data platform of unprecedented size and representativeness. The platform includes more than 500 million observations on the health experience of over 95% of the US population older than 65 years old linked to air pollution exposure and several confounders. Finally, I provide an overview of my studies on air pollution exposure, environmental racism, wildfires, and how they also can exacerbate the vulnerability to COVID-19.
Francesca. Dominici, Clarence Jame Gamble Professor of Biostatistics, Population and Data Science, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health - Co-Director, Harvard Data Science Initiative
Francesca Dominici, PhD is the Director of the Harvard Data Science Initiative, at Harvard University and the Clarence James Gamble Professor of Biostatistics, Population and Data Science at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and of the International Society of Mathematical Statistics. She leads an interdisciplinary group of scientists to address important questions in environmental health science, climate change, and health policy. Her contributions to the field have been remarkable including more than 250 peer-reviewed published articles, and has provided her knowledge on the topics on joint panels with New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, and European Commission). Dr. Dominici has provided the scientific community and policy makers with comprehensive and compelling evidence on the adverse health effects of air pollution, noise pollution, and climate change. Her studies have directly and routinely impacted air quality policy. Dr. Dominici was recognized in Thomson Reuter’s 2019 list of the most highly cited researchers–ranking in the top 1% of cited scientists in her field. Her work has been covered by the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, BBC, the Guardian, CNN, and NPR. In April 2020 she has been awarded the Karl E. Peace Award for Outstanding Statistical Contributions for the Betterment of Society by the American Statistical Association. She is an advocate for the career advancement of women faculty, and her work on the Johns Hopkins University Committee on the Status of Women earned her the campus Diversity Recognition Award in 2009. At the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, she has led the Committee for the Advancement of Women Faculty.
The Henry W. Kendall Memorial Lecture Series honors the memory of Professor Henry W. Kendall (1926-1999) who was the J.A. Stratton professor of physics at MIT. Professor Kendall received the Nobel Prize in 1990 for research that provided the first experimental evidence for quarks. He had a deep commitment to understanding and finding solutions to the multiple environmental problems facing the world today and in the future. The permanently endowed Kendall Lecture allows MIT faculty and students to be introduced to forefront areas in global change science by leading researchers. For more information please contact: Geraldine McGowan, firstname.lastname@example.org