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Population Health Spotlight Speaker Series

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Faculty and students of the Drexel University community, professionals from community-based organizations and government agencies involved in public health related activities, media professionals who write about pressing public health concerns, and other interested individuals in the Greater Philadelphia area are invited to attend.

2019-20 Upcoming Speakers

  • Population Health Spotlight: Francesca Dominici, PhD

    Wednesday, February 12, 2020

    2:00 PM-3:15 PM

    Nesbitt Hall, Stein Auditorium

    • Everyone
    Francesca Dominici, PhD, is professor of Biostatistics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and co-director of the Harvard Data Science Initiative.

    Topic: Can Data Science Save the Environment?

    Dominici's research focuses on the development of statistical methods for the analysis of large and complex data; she leads several interdisciplinary groups of scientists with the ultimate goal of addressing important questions in environmental health science, climate change, comparative effectiveness research in cancer, and health policy. 

    Currently, Dominici’s team uses satellite data and multiple data sources to estimate exposure to air pollution in rural areas in the US, in India, and in other developing countries. Her studies have directly and routinely impacted air quality policy and led to more stringent ambient air quality standards in the United States.

    Dominici was recognized on the Thomson Reuters 2015 Highly Cited Researchers list, ranking in the top 1 percent of scientists cited in her field. In 2017, she was named one of the top 10 Italian women scientists with the largest impact in biomedical sciences across the world. In addition to her research interests and administrative leadership roles, Dominici has demonstrated a career-long commitment to promoting diversity in academia. For her contributions, she has earned the Jane L. Norwood Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Woman in the Statistical Sciences and the Florence Nightingale David Award. Dominici currently chairs the University Committee for the Advancement of Women Faculty at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Prior to Harvard, she was on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she also co-chaired the University Committee on the Status of Women. Dominici has degrees from University La Sapienza and University of Padua.

    *1 CPH credit available*
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  • Population Health Spotlight: Carmen Valdez, PhD

    Wednesday, March 11, 2020

    2:00 PM-3:15 PM

    Nesbitt Hall, Stein Auditorium

    • Everyone
    Carmen Valdez, PhD, is associate professor in the Steve Hicks School of Social Work and the department of Population Health, Dell Medical School. 
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  • Population Health Spotlight: Joanne Spetz, PhD

    Wednesday, April 15, 2020

    2:00 PM-3:15 PM

    Nesbitt Hall, Stein Auditorium

    • Everyone
    Joanne Spetz, PhD, is a professor at the Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco, and associate director for Research at Healthforce Center at UCSF. 
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