CDC/NCAR Workshop on Weather, Climate and Health 2017

I returned to Colorado less than a month after the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Graduate Workshop on Environmental Data Analytics¬†to attend the joint Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/NCAR Workshop on Weather, Climate and Health. This was an impressive group of scientists in the Climate & Health field discussing new findings and […]

EEID 2017 – Santa Barbara, California

I presented preliminary results from my first dissertation aim at the annual Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Disease (EEID) meeting in sunny Santa Barbara, California. The poster was well received and it was a treat to reconnect with old friends and network with potential future collaborators. The final day of the conference was particularly¬†interesting, titled […]

NCAR – Graduate Workshop on Environmental Data Analytics

At the National Center for Atmospheric Research, under the instruction of Dr. Andrew Finley (Michigan State University), Dr. Doug Nychka (NCAR), Dr. Alix Gitelman (Oregon State University), and Malcom Itter (Michigan State University), I learned advanced Bayesian spatial statistics that use environmental data (site). I was the only public health scientist in attendance but that […]

KU – Meeting Outside Committee Member

At the beginning of summer session I traveled to Lawrence, Kansas to meet with Dr. A. Townsend Peterson, my outside committee member. The week-long trip was an intensive workshop into niche modeling and designing the analytical methods for my first dissertation aim assessing plague in California. Dr. Peterson and his lab were welcoming and incredibly […]

BESC – Congressional Visits Day

As a delegate registered in Colorado, I stumped on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC for the National Science Foundation as a part of the Biological Ecological Science Coalition (BESC) Congressional Visits Day. After a day workshopping how to effectively communicate with members of the United States congress, I spent a full day on Capitol Hill […]

MUSC – Bayesian Disease Mapping Workshop

At the Medical University of South Carolina, under the direction of Dr. Andrew Lawson, I learned basic and advanced spatial statistical methods. These methods were Bayesian as well as an introduction to INLA. The week long course occurred in charming Charleston, South Carolina. Course description can be found here. Attendance, lodging, and travel were supported […]

LGS New Thinkers/New Leaders Award

The year 2017 started off on a good note. The Emory Climate Analysis and Solutions Team (ECAST) was awarded a Laney Graduate School New Thinkers/New Leaders Award. Daniel Rochberg and I were lead authors on the application that comprises LGS faculty and students from at least two or more divisions or schools to work on […]