Hosted by the Brown School for 2012, the Institute on Systems Science and Health annual conference was held June 10-15 and provided researchers the opportunity to learn about agent-based modeling, system dynamics modeling, or network analysis in the context of public health. CPHSS director Doug Luke taught the network analysis track, assisted by Bobbi Carothers and Chris Robichaux.
Attendees gained hands-on experience in network analysis and learned how it was applied in real-world settings. Class topics included software and data management, network description, prominence, subgroups, visualization, and statistical models. Guest lecturers included Janet Okamoto from the National Cancer Institute, Jacqueline Merrill from Columbia University, and Jean McGloin from the University of Maryland.
Attendees, faculty, and NIH representatives had ample opportunities to connect outside of the classroom, including a reception held by the Institute for Public Health at the Missouri Botanical Gardens, dinner events, and recreational activities.