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Lab Seminar - Ecological interventions to fight diseases: when objectives are misaligned

François Castonguay presented his research on ecological interventions on environmentally transmitted diseases (ETD). This is joint work with Jim Sanchirico and Chris Hoover (UCSF). Ecological interventions are nonpharmaceutical actions that individuals and communities can take to reduce disease transmission by considering the interactions among the different disease-carrying organisms and their environment.

Lab Seminar - Encouraging the defragmentation of habitat on private lands

Pierce Donovan presented his research on habitat defragmentation on private lands. Endangered species conservation is a public issue that often resides on private lands. As land is developed, habitat fragmentation weakens natural ecosystem function and decreases the probability of long-run species viability. Common solutions to this fragmentation problem involve conservation banking, trade-able development rights, or safe harbor agreements.

Lab Seminar - Hazard modelling of insect invasion risk globally—identifying the relative role of international trade and other drivers

Paul Mwebaze shared his research on invasive species coauthored with Michael Springborn. The socioeconomic and biological drivers of historical global ant invasions were investigated by fitting a Cox proportional hazards model. Invasion is a function of historical trade-flows and biogeographic factors, such as climatic similarity (CS) to the native range, and individual species life history traits...

Lab Seminar - Evaluating the Heavy Air Pollution Emergency Plan of Chengdu, China

Qian Wang shared his research on air pollution. During the past forty years, China has experienced rapid economic development. However, air pollution, a byproduct of economic growth, has become a severe problem in China. Chengdu, the largest city in western China, has also suffered from excessive air pollution, especially particulate matters. To tackle the problem ...

Lab Tutorial - Julia crash course

Mark Agerton gave an introduction to programming in Julia, which is a relatively new language for scientific computing. Mark walked us through three examples in Julia: estimation of a binary logit model, a discrete time nonrenewable resource model, and a random coefficient multinomial logit model...

Lab Preprint - Spatial allocation of scarce vaccine and antivirals for COVID-19

François M. Castonguay and James N. Sanchirico, and coauthors, have a preprint on COVID-19 vaccine and antivirals allocation. Much of the discussion around pharmaceutical interventions for COVID-19 has focused on what segments of the population to prioritize for vaccines. Questions on how to allocate a vaccine across jurisdictions within a country and how to allocate other pharmaceutical interventions, such as antiviral drugs have received much less attention ...