Santa Fe Institute
Stanislaw Ulam Memorial Lecture Series with Lauren Ancel Meyers. Lecture 1 of 2
In the first of two lectures, SFI External Professor Lauren Ancel Meyers discusses how network-based mathematical models that leverage such data accelerate the detection and containment of outbreaks.
Meyers introduces the field of network epidemiology, which applies tools from complex systems science to uncover fundamental drivers of contagion and pressure points for effective control. Infectious diseases spread via encounters between people that can occur in any second of any day in any corner of the globe. By representing the essential structure of human connectivity in a mathematical framework, network epidemiology elucidates hotspots for transmission, early signs of an emerging threat, and ideal strategies for deploying vaccines, antiviral medications and social distancing interventions.
These two lectures are self-contained and can be enjoyed together or separately.
Lauren Ancel Meyers is Professor of Integrative Biology at The University of Texas at Austin, and a member of the External Faculty and Science Board of the Santa Fe Institute. She was trained as a mathematical biologist at Harvard and Stanford, and her research foci include network epidemiology, optimization of infectious disease surveillance and control, and translational tools for public health.
She has lead an interdisciplinary team of scientists, engineers, social scientists and public health professionals in uncovering the sociological and biological drivers of influenza transmission, improving disease control policies for influenza and HIV, redesigning disease surveillance systems to harness next-generation data, and creating decision-support software for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Association of Public Health Labs (APHL), Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).
The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, the BBC, and other news sources have highlighted her work; and she has provided scientific expertise for government agencies, including the CDC, Institute of Medicine (IOM), Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), and US National Intelligence Council. In 2004, Ancel Meyers was named by the MIT Technology Review as one of the top 100 global innovators under age 35.
Tickets are free, general admission