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Scientist in the Spotlight-Epidemiology and Mechanical Engineering

  • 08 Sep 2018
  • 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Bradbury Science Museum 1350 Central Ave, Los Alamos, NM 87544, USA

Fun activities for those of all ages.

Nick Generous, with the Lab's Information Systems and Modeling group, will be available to chat about how new social media tools help researchers improve disease forecasting. Understanding influenza or other infectious disease dynamics and forecasting their impact is fundamental for developing prevention and mitigation strategies. To do this, researchers at Los Alamos (including Generous) combined modern data assimilation methods with Wikipedia access logs and CDC influenza-like illness reports to create a weekly forecast for seasonal influenza. These techniques can be applied to other illnesses as well.

During that same time you can visit with Isaac Salazar, a mechanical engineer, who will be here to talk about how experimental variables can be used to improve science. If that’s not enough, you can also make and fly a paper helicopter. (Yes, if you make one you can take it home with you to continue the fun and learning.)


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