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Ashtekar Frontiers of Science Lectures in the Eberly College of Science
Predicting the Future
Improving lives and communities through modeling

Scientists, policy makers, and communities increasingly use data science to plan for the future in our ever-changing world. From disease forecasting to identifying potentially habitable worlds outside our solar system, learn how life scientists and physical scientists alike use statistical and mechanistic modeling to improve lives and society.

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Saturday mornings January 18 through February 22 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Unless otherwise noted, talks will be held in 101 Thomas Building on the Penn State University Park Campus.

Parking near the lectures is in the Eisenhower Parking Deck on Eisenhower Road and in the HUB Parking Deck on Shortlidge Road.

The lecture series follows the Penn State University Park closings and delays policies. Essentially, if the University Park campus is closed then the lecture series will not occur.  Individuals can stay informed of delays and cancellations by using Penn State's PSUAlert systemTwitter account, the Penn State News website, and WPSU TV and radio.

Six free public lectures
Statistics and the future of the Antarctic ice sheet

January 18, 2020

How do scientists study climate, and how do they make projections about future climate? What is the role that statistics plays in climate science? Murali Haran provides answers to these questions.

Murali Haran.
Predicting the future of plant diversity: New applications for digitized herbarium data

January 25, 2020

Pamela Soltis presents how herbarium data can characterize ecological niches of Florida flora and predict future changes in plant diversity.

Pamela Soltis.
Understanding wildlife connectivity and disease spread through GPS tracking

February 1, 2020

Ephraim Hanks examines animal movement GPS data and how they define population-level structure, connectivity, and fitness.

Ephraim Hanks.
Characterizing potentially habitable planets

February 8, 2020

Eric Ford discusses modeling tools used to deduce the distribution of planets and planetary systems to determine plans for future space observatories.

Eric Ford.
Disease outbreak control: Harnessing the power of multiple models to work smarter, not harder

February 15, 2020

Katriona Shea overviews the use of mathematical modeling approaches in disease settings

Katriona Shea.
Predicting mutation and disease occurrence from DNA and omics data

February 22, 2020

Kateryna Makova will discuss the analysis of various genomics and omics data related to mutations and childhood obesity.

Katriona Makova.