Plenary speakers: Andrea Foulkes and Rosa Orellana
WIMIN 2021 was held virtually on Saturday, October 16, 2021.
Rosa Orellana, Dartmouth College
Rosa Orellana is Professor of Mathematics at Dartmouth College. She earned her B.A. from California State University, Los Angeles, and her Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of California, San Diego. She was the first person in her family to receive a college degree. Originally interested in knot theory as it arises in mathematical biology, her research shifted in graduate school to algebraic combinatorics and representation theory. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, San Diego, before joining Dartmouth in 2000. She has received numerous awards for her research while also working passionately to support women and underrepresented minorities in math.
Andrea Foulkes, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School
Statistical Challenges in COVID-19 Clinical Research
The rapid collection of large-scale observational and clinical trials data on individuals with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection has generated enormous opportunity for novel discovery and improved clinical decision-making tools that could lead to improved COVID-19 outcomes. At the same time, the statistical challenges inherent in leveraging these novel data resources are numerous. These challenges are further augmented in studies of patients with Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2, i.e. in studies of “COVID long haulers”. In this talk, I highlight several of these challenges and emphasize the importance of applying rigorous statistical methods that are specifically designed to account for the data generating process and to address the clinical hypothesis under investigation. Examples are based on data arising from multiple large observational studies, including the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) COVID-19 Patient Registry, a comprehensive resource including extensive manually extracted and electronic health record data on all patients hospitalized at MGH.
Andrea Foulkes is Professor of Medicine and Director of the Biostatistics Center at Massachusetts General Hospital as well as Professor in the Department of Biostatistics at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. She earned her B.A. from s Brown University and her Sc.D. in biostatistics from the Harvard School of Public Health. She was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard and on the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania before joining the Five Colleges, where she was faculty at the University of Massachusetts—Amherst and at Mount Holyoke College. Her research interests are wide-ranging and include work at the intersection of data science, global health, and human rights. More recently, she’s been working on many COVID-related projects. She has mentored and trained students at all stages, from undergraduate to postdoctoral, and authored multiple textbooks, including open-source online teaching repositories.
10 Plenary talk: Rosa Orellana, Dartmouth College
Morning plenary link: Zoom 983 0082 5711
11 Student talks: Topology/Geometry in Zoom 939 6301 2365, Combinatorics/Graph Theory in Zoom 967 2458 8751
12 Lunch break
1 Graduate school panel
Graduate school panel link: Zoom 913 9299 0743
2 Student talks: Math Ed/Logic/Algebra in Zoom 939 6301 2365, Topology/Geometry in Zoom 967 2458 8751
3 Coffee break and social activity
Social activity (3:15-3:45) link: Zoom 913 9299 0743
4 Plenary talk: Andrea Foulkes, Biostatistics, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School
Afternoon plenary link: Zoom 983 0082 5711