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Events

Wed October 21 2020 • 12:00 PM — 1:00 PM
Environmental Statistics Week: “COVID-19 Treatment and EHS Challenges” with Emily Somers (UM Med Schl Int Med-Rheumatology)
Sponsored by: Michigan Center on Lifestage Environmental Exposures and Disease (M-LEEaD) Integrated Health Sciences Core
Location: This event will be online at https://umich.zoom.us/j/98250120868.
Thu October 22 2020 • 12:00 PM — 1:00 PM
Environmental Statistics Week: “Environmental Cadmium, Mortality from Influenza and Pneumonia in U.S. Adults” with Sung Kyun Park (UM SPH)
Description: There is an urgent need to identify modifiable risk factors that may predispose individuals with COVID-19 to developing worsening pneumonia and Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS). This is particularly important given the continued absence of anti-viral agents with proven efficacy and the uncertain timeline of vaccine development. Mounting epidemiologic evidence has identified some personal characteristics that are associated with worse outcomes, one of them is cigarette smoking. Cadmium is a major toxicant in inhaled cigarette smoke. Environmental cadmium exposure is widespread and happens through not only active and passive smoking but diet. In humans, it is poorly excreted, triggers pulmonary inflammation, reduces pulmonary function, and enhances lung injury. In this talk, I will present my recent study of the association of cadmium burden with mortality related to influenza or pneumonia using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) and discuss implications in COVID-19.
Sponsored by: Michigan Center on Lifestage Environmental Exposures and Disease (M-LEEaD) Integrated Health Sciences Core
Location: This event will be online at https://umich.zoom.us/j/98250120868.
Fri October 23 2020 • 12:00 PM — 1:00 PM
Environmental Statistics Week: “A Spatiotemporal Epidemiological Prediction Model to Inform County-level COVID-19 Risks in the USA” with Peter Song (UM SPH)
Sponsored by: Michigan Center on Lifestage Environmental Exposures and Disease (M-LEEaD) Integrated Health Sciences Core
Location: This event will be online at https://umich.zoom.us/j/98250120868.
Tue November 10 2020 • 12:00 PM — 1:00 PM
Environmental Research Seminar: “Vaginal Microbiome Research” with Kim McKee (UM Med Schl Family Medicine)
Sponsored by: Michigan Center on Lifestage Environmental Exposures and Disease (M-LEEaD) Integrated Health Sciences Core
Location: This event will be online at https://umich.zoom.us/j/98250120868.
Tue November 24 2020 • 12:00 PM — 1:00 PM
Environmental Research Seminar: “The Impact of COVID-19 on Service Workers” with Marie-Anne Rosemberg (UM Schl of Nursing)
Sponsored by: Michigan Center on Lifestage Environmental Exposures and Disease (M-LEEaD) Integrated Health Sciences Core
Location: This event will be online at https://umich.zoom.us/j/98250120868.

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Previous Events

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Tue October 20 2020 • 12:00 PM — 1:00 PM
Environmental Statistics Week: “Learning from COVID-19 Data in Wuhan, USA, and the World on Transmission, Interventions, and Infection” with Xihong Lin (Harvard)
Description: COVID-19 is an emerging respiratory infectious disease that has become a pandemic. In this talk, I will first provide a historical overview of the epidemic in Wuhan. I will provide the analysis results of 32,000 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in Wuhan to estimate transmission rates, the multi-faceted public health intervention effects that helped Wuhan control the COVID-19 outbreak, and epidemiological characteristics of the cases. I will present the results using the transmission dynamic model to show the two features of the COVID-19 epidemic: high transmissibility and high covertness, and a high proportion of undetected cases, including asymptomatic and mildly symptomatic cases, and the chances of resurgence in different scenarios. I will next present the epidemic models to estimate the transmission rates in USA and other countries and intervention effects. I will present methods and analysis results of >500,000 participants of the HowWeFeel project on symptoms and health conditions in US, and discuss the factors associated with who have been tested in US and COVID-19 infection. I will provide several takeaways learned from the pandemic and discuss priorities.
Sponsored by: Michigan Center on Lifestage Environmental Exposures and Disease (M-LEEaD) Integrated Health Sciences Core
Location: This event will be online at https://umich.zoom.us/j/98250120868.
Mon October 19 2020 • 12:00 PM — 1:00 PM
Environmental Statistics Week: “COVID-19 and Racial/Ethnic Disparities: Assessing Treatments Effects in Hospitalized Patients from Underrepresented Minority Groups” with Yanxun Xu (Johns Hopkins)
Sponsored by: Michigan Center on Lifestage Environmental Exposures and Disease (M-LEEaD) Integrated Health Sciences Core
Location: This event will be online at https://umich.zoom.us/j/98250120868.
Wed October 7 2020 • 1:00 PM — 3:00 PM
“A Virtual Event: Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS): Exposure, Toxicity, and Policy”
Description: Registration is required. Speakers: 1) Elsie Sunderland, PhD (Harvard); 2) Jamie DeWitt, PhD (Eastern Carolina University); 3) Steve Sliver, Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART), Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE).
Location: This is an online event. Please check the registration form for more information.
Tue October 6 2020 • 12:00 PM — 1:00 PM
Environmental Research Seminar: “Wearable Microsystem for Direct Measurement of Multi-VOC (Worker) Exposures” with Ted Zellers (UM SPH EHS)
Sponsored by: Michigan Center on Lifestage Environmental Exposures and Disease (M-LEEaD) Integrated Health Sciences Core
Location: This event will be online at https://umich.zoom.us/j/98250120868.
Tue September 22 2020 • 12:00 PM — 1:00 PM
Environmental Statistics Discussion: “Micro-randomized Trials in Mobile Health” with Zhenke Wu, PhD (Assistant Professor of Biostatistics Research Assistant Professor, Michigan Institute of Data Sciences (MIDAS))
Sponsored by: Michigan Center on Lifestage Environmental Exposures and Disease (M-LEEaD) Integrated Health Sciences Core
Location: This event will be online at https://umich.zoom.us/j/98250120868.
Tue September 8 2020 • 12:00 PM — 1:00 PM
IHSC Introductory Seminar: “What is the Integrated Health Sciences Core and What Can It Do For Me?”
Description: An introduction to the IHSC with Marie O’Neill, PhD (Professor, Environmental Health Sciences and Epidemiology), Daniel McConnell, PhD (Director, Central Ligand Assay Satellite Services (CLASS) laboratory), Lu Wang, PhD (Professor, Biostatistics), Trish Koman, PhD (Research Investigator, Environmental Health Sciences), Sung Kyun Park, ScD (Associate Professor, Environmental Health Sciences and Epidemiology)
Sponsored by: Michigan Center on Lifestage Environmental Exposures and Disease (M-LEEaD) Integrated Health Sciences Core
Location: This event will be online at https://umich.zoom.us/j/98250120868.
Mon August 10 2020 • 12:00 PM — 1:00 PM
Summer Omics Learning Seminar Series: “Exposomics and Precision Medicine: Everything that Rises Must Converge” with Robert O. Wright, MD, MPH (Ethel H Wise Professor and Chair; Department of Environmental Medicine; Director, Institute for Exposomic Research; Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai)
Description: Exposomics is the study of all the health relevant environmental exposures across a lifetime, and is the great unmet challenge in medical science. Exposomics is unique in that it includes external and internal measures of exposure, as well as being time varying. There have been exponential advances in measuring the exposome in the last decade. In this lecture the convergence of exposomics and precision medicine will be presented and a proposal advanced to incorporate environmental measures into precision medicine initiatives.

A small group discussion will take place after the lecture at 1 pm EST. Please indicate your interest in the registration form if you are interested in participating.

This webinar is part of the Summer Omics Learning (SOL) Series presented by the Omics and Bioinformatics Core (OBIC) of our Michigan Lifestage Environmental Exposures and Disease (M-LEEaD) Center at the University of Michigan. Please note that you must register using your institutional email address. If you have questions, please contact Katie Zarins (kmrents@umich.edu).
Sponsored by: Michigan Center on Lifestage Environmental Exposures and Disease (M-LEEaD)
Location: This is an online event. Please check the event webpage for more information.
Mon July 27 2020 • 12:00 PM — 1:00 PM
Summer Omics Learning Seminar Series: “Transposable elements and epigenome evolution” with Ting Wang, PhD (Inaugural Sanford and Karen Loewentheil Distinguished Professor of Medicine; Department of Genetics; Washington University School of Medicine)
Description: Transposable elements (TE) make up about half of our genome, yet they are understudied due to their repetitive nature and are called “junk DNA”. However, they are an abundant and rich genetic resource of regulatory sequences. Modern genomics provided us an opportunity to interrogate their contribution to genome and epigenome evolution. I will discuss advances made over the last decade in recognizing TE’s role in innovating gene regulatory networks, and more recent surprising findings illustrating how TEs provide genetic redundancy in maintaining 3D genome architecture, and how TE’s deregulation accelerate cancer epigenome evolution

A small group discussion will take place after the lecture at 1 pm EST. Please indicate your interest in the registration form if you are interested in participating.

This webinar is part of the Summer Omics Learning (SOL) Series presented by the Omics and Bioinformatics Core (OBIC) of our Michigan Lifestage Environmental Exposures and Disease (M-LEEaD) Center at the University of Michigan. Please note that you must register using your institutional email address. If you have questions, please contact Katie Zarins (kmrents@umich.edu).
Sponsored by: Michigan Center on Lifestage Environmental Exposures and Disease (M-LEEaD)
Location: This is an online event. Please check the event webpage for more information.
Tue June 30 2020 • 12:00 PM — 1:00 PM
Summer Omics Learning Seminar Series: “Implications of human microbiome research for epidemiology and public health” with Betsy Foxman, PhD (Professor, Epidemiology; Director, Center for Molecular and Clinical Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases; University of Michigan School of Public Health)
Description: Applications of high throughput ‘omics technologies to the microbes living in and on humans (the microbiota) are rapidly changing our perspectives of the importance of microbiota to human health. If microbiota enhance or reduce the effects of pathogens, drugs or other exposures on the host, we might manipulate the microbiota for our benefit. Alternatively, or in addition, microbiota might respond to exposure-induced changes in host functions, and thus microbiota characteristics could be used as a diagnostic or prognostic tool. I will provide examples of ongoing epidemiologic studies of the human microbiome, and comment on the promise and challenges of the microbiome for Epidemiology and Public Health.

Following the webinar, there will be a separate small-group discussion from 1 - 2 pm EST. If you are interested in attending, please indicate your interest in the question below. You will receive an invitation email with separate Zoom details prior to the event.

This webinar is part of the Summer Omics Learning (SOL) Series presented by the Omics and Bioinformatics Core (OBIC) of our Michigan Lifestage Environmental Exposures and Disease (M-LEEaD) Center at the University of Michigan. Please note that you must register using your institutional email address. If you have questions, please contact Katie Zarins (kmrents@umich.edu).
Sponsored by: Michigan Center on Lifestage Environmental Exposures and Disease (M-LEEaD)
Location: This is an online event. Please check the event webpage for more information.
Thu June 11 2020 • 6:30 PM — 8:00 PM
Film Screening + Online Panel Discussion: “Cooked: Survival by Zipcode”
Event Webpage: https://www.dptv.org/2020/cooked-survival-by-zipcode-live-panel-discussion/
Description: “COOKED: Survival by ZIP Code” is a documentary by Peabody Award winning filmmaker, Judith Helfand, chronicling the deadly 1995 Chicago heat wave - in which 739 mostly Black, elderly, and poor Chicagoans died during the course of one week. Watch the film for free and join us for a panel discussion with Judith Helfand, Director/Producer of COOKED; Jalonne White-Newsome, Senior Program Officer, Kresge Foundation; Trish Koman, Research Investigator, University of Michigan, School of Public Health; and Justin Owenu, Environmental Justice Organizer, Sierra Club. The panel will be moderated by Donele Wilkins, President/CEO, Green Door Initiative

Click here to watch the film, enter screener code “36f1bf89”. The film will be available for free through Thursday, June 11, 2020.

Click here to join the panel discussion on Thursday, June 11 from 6:30PM to 8:00PM.
Sponsored by: Michigan Center on Lifestage Environmental Exposures and Disease (M-LEEaD); City of Detroit Health Department; We the People of Detroit; Future Insights Consulting; Eastside Community Network; Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice; Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation; Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition; Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation; Community Health and Social Services Center; Henry Ford Health System; Ecology Center
Wed May 27 2020 • 3:00 PM — 4:30 PM
Webinar: “Assessing the Health Impacts of DTE’s 15-Year Energy Plan”
Event Webpage: https://www.facebook.com/events/3224626377548870/
Description: In 2019, the Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition teamed up with researchers at the University of Michigan to quantify expected health impacts of DTE's coal and gas-based 15-year energy plan.

Data presented helped persuade the Public Service Commission’s top legal advisor to recommend rejection of DTE's plan, and call for Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) to be used in energy planning.

In the context of COVID-19, we are seeing every day how environmental racism is exacerbated in crisis. Meanwhile, the Public Service Commission has declined to issue a Moratorium on energy shutoffs, leaving the same communities impacted by pollution from DTE’s coal and gas plants vulnerable to going without lights, heat, charged cell phones, and stocked refrigerators.

In this webinar, we'll discuss how Health Impact Assessments can – and should – be used to grant greater decision-making power to impacted communities, and advance public planning toward healthy communities.

The panel will feature Dr. Amy Schulz, Dr. Carina Gronlund, Dr. Tony Reames, and Michelle Martinez. We're so grateful to have Planet Detroit publisher Nina Ignaczak joining us as the moderator. Click here for more information about this event.
Sponsored by: Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition, Work For Me DTE!, Michigan Center on Lifestage Environmental Exposures and Disease (M-LEEaD), National Institutes of Health; co-sponsored by: Soulardarity, We Want Green Too, Sierra Club, Clean Water Action, Empower Michigan, We the People of Detroit, Michigan Environmental Council, Michigan Energy Efficiency for All, Michigan Interfaith Power & Light, Citizens Resistance At Fermi 2, and East Michigan Environmental Action Council.
Location: This is an online event. Please check the event webpage for livestreaming information.
Tue March 24 2020 • 4:00 PM — 6:30 PM CANCELED
This film screening has been canceled.
Film Screening: “Cooked: Survival by Zipcode (Ann Arbor screening)”
Event Webpage: https://sph.umich.edu/events/event.php?ID=8376
Description: Attend the screening of an award-winning film that explores the politics of disaster response and racial equity in the age of climate change by way of the deadly 1995 Chicago heat wave, in which 739 residents perished in mostly Black and poor neighborhoods of Chicago. Will be followed by small panel (TBD).
Sponsored by: Michigan Center on Lifestage Environmental Exposures and Disease (M-LEEaD)
Wed March 18 2020 • 6:00 PM — 8:00 PM CANCELED
This film screening has been canceled.
Film Screening: “Cooked: Survival by Zipcode (Detroit screening)”
Description: Attend the screening of an award-winning film that explores the politics of disaster response and racial equity in the age of climate change by way of the deadly 1995 Chicago heat wave, in which 739 residents perished in mostly Black and poor neighborhoods of Chicago. Will be followed by small panel with Judith Helfand, Director/Producer of COOKED, Trish Koman, Research Investigator, University of Michigan, School of Public Health, Justin Owenu, Environmental Justice Organizer, Sierra Club, Jalonne White-Newsome, Senior Program Officer, Kresge Foundation.
Sponsored by: Michigan Center on Lifestage Environmental Exposures and Disease (M-LEEaD)
Tue March 10 2020 • 12:00 PM — 1:30 PM
Environmental Practice Workshop: “Climate Change and Health: Readiness and Resilience” with Renee N. Salas, MD, MPH, MS (Yerby Fellow, Harvard Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment (C-CHANGE); Emergency Medical Physician, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School)
Event Webpage: http://mleead.umich.edu/Event_Climate_Change_and_Health_2020.php
Description: OUR CLIMATE IS OUR PLANET’S LIFE SUPPORT SYSTEM. Climate change influences human health and disease in numerous ways. Some existing health threats will intensify and new health threats will emerge. Not everyone is equally at risk, and children are especially at risk. Preventive and adaptive actions are needed.

OUR KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Renee N. Salas, is an emergency medicine physician who co-authored the U.S. portion of the Lancet Countdown report and Health and Care Delivery in the New England Journal of Medicine. A panel of experts will present solutions from a variety of other universities who are reducing their carbon footprint in response to the urgent public health need. Dr. Salas will present the keynote address “Climate Action: Children’s Health Drives Need for Urgent Action”.

Please go to http://mleead.umich.edu/Event_Climate_Change_and_Health_2020.php for more information.
Location: Dow Auditorium, UM Towsley Center for Continuing Medical Education
Wed February 26 2020 • 9:00 AM — 10:00 AM
Teleconference: “Holding Corporations Accountable for Contamination: The Role of Litigation, Regulation, and Research to Address the PFAS Problem”
Event Webpage: https://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/51290/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=11711
Description: Join us February 26th for the next CHE-Alaska call entitled ‘Holding Corporations Accountable for Contamination: The Role of Litigation, Regulation, and Research to Address the PFAS Problem’.

About the call: A growing body of evidence indicates per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are widespread and long-lived in our environment, common in people's bodies, and harmful to our health. This class of 'forever chemicals' has few regulations, and those that do exist permit far greater levels of PFAS exposure than current research findings deem safe. In our February CHE-Alaska call, we will be speaking with environmental lawyer and author, Robert Bilott, and Executive Director of the Green Science Policy Institute, Arlene Blum, about their work holding corporations accountable for PFAS contamination and efforts to pressure policy makers to ban and regulate entire classes of toxic chemicals like PFAS. We'll also be joined by Pam Miller, the Executive Director of Alaska Community Action on Toxics, to bring us up to speed on the current state of the PFAS problem in Alaska.

Speakers:
Robert Bilott, environmental attorney and author of the book Exposure: Poisoned Water, Corporate Greed, and One Lawyer’s Twenty-Year Battle Against DuPont (Atria Books, 2019).
Arlene Blum, Executive Director, Green Science Policy Institute and Research Associate in Chemistry at UC Berkeley
Pamela Miller, Executive Director, Alaska Community Action on Toxics and Co-Chair, International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN)
Location: Teleconference
Tue February 25 2020 • 12:00 PM — 12:50 PM
Environmental Research Seminar: “Environmental Exposures, Epigenetics, and Health in Vulnerable Populations” with Jaclyn Goodrich, PhD (Research Assistant Professor, Environmental Health Sciences, UM SPH)
Sponsored by: Michigan Center on Lifestage Environmental Exposures and Disease (M-LEEaD) Integrated Health Sciences Core
Location: Room SPH-I 2695, School of Public Health; 1415 Washington Heights; Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Thu February 20 2020 • 8:30 AM — 4:00 PM
Symposium: “From PBB to PFAS: Research and Action to Address Michigan’s Large Scale Chemical Contaminations”
Event Webpage: http://mleead.umich.edu/Event_FromPBBtoPFAS.php
Description: A symposium to facilitate community - researcher collaborations, featuring:
  • Keynote address by Linda S. Birnbaum, PhD, DABT, ATS (Director (retired), Scientist Emeritus, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and National Toxicology Program). Keynote will be live-streamed and recorded for later viewing.
  • Presentations by community residents and academic researchers working on PBB and PFAS health impacts, as well as breakout groups focused on strategies for building effective community-academic collaborations:
    • Michele Marcus, PhD (Emory University’s Michigan PBB Registry)
    • Jane Keon (Pine River Superfund Citizen Task Force)
    • Francis Spaniola (former Michigan State Representative)
    • Tony Spaniola, JD (creator Michigan Cancer Registry)
    • Courtney Carignan, PhD (Michigan State University)
    • Monica Lewis-Patrick (President & CEO, We the People of Detroit)
    • COMMUNITY PANELISTS: Sandy Wynn-Stelt (Rockford); Theresa Landrum (Detroit); Lawrence Reynolds (Flint); Donele Wilkins (Detroit); Tim Neyer (Mt. Pleasant).
Please note: Event is free + open to the public, but registration is required; selected talks will be livestreamed. Please visit the event webpage for more information.

Sponsored by: The University of Michigan M-LEEaD Center, Emory University’s HERCULES Center, and Central Michigan University
Location: Michigan League, 911 N. University, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1265
Wed February 19 2020 • 7:00 PM — 10:00 PM
Documentary Premier: “No Defense: the U.S. Government’s War on Water”
Description: The film focuses on the PFAS contamination problem in Oscoda, Michigan, as a case study into how the U.S. military has failed to protect human health and the environment around the nation and the world. The PFAS contamination in Oscoda was discovered nearly 10 years ago, making it the first PFAS site in Michigan and the first PFAS military site in the world. The film’s director, Sara Ganim, is a former CNN correspondent who won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal at Penn State; she also has done extensive reporting on water issues in other communities in the U.S, including Flint.

Event is free to the public. Please RSVP if planning to attend
Sponsored by: National Wildlife Foundation and the Michigan League of Conservation Voters
Location: Michigan Theater, 603 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Thu February 13 2020 • 9:00 AM — 4:00 PM
25th Annual Environmental Health Sciences Research Symposium: “Research to Action”
Event Webpage: https://sites.google.com/a/umich.edu/toxsymposium/home
Description: We Have Three Great Speakers: Dr. David Diaz-Sanchez, Ph.D. Chief, Clinical Research Branch; United States Environmental Protection Agency, Dr. Myrtle Davis, Ph.D. Executive Director, Discovery Toxicology; Bristol-Myers Squibb, H. Adam Steinberg, B.S. Illuminating Discovery Educator; University of Wisconsin at Madison, “Effectively communicating your data: Visuals, story, audience”

This year's poster session and symposium will be held on February 13, 2020 in the School of Public Health. Students and researchers in toxicology, epidemiology, and related biomedical fields are strongly encouraged to present their research during the student poster session. All posters submitted by EHS students and post-doctoral fellows are automatically entered into the poster competition with cash prizes being awarded to the best three posters.
Location: School of Public Health; 1415 Washington Heights; Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Wed February 5 2020 • 12:00 PM — 1:00 PM
Seminar: “Experimental and Clinical Findings of Potential EDC Exposure” with Kenneth Korach, PhD (Senior Investigator, Reproductive & Developmental Biology Laboratory / Receptor Biology Group, NIEHS)
Location: 3755 SPH I, School of Public Health; 1415 Washington Heights; Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Thu January 30 2020 • 12:05 PM — 1:00 PM
Seminar: “In Utero Exposures to E-cigarettes: implications for childhood obesity” with Stephania Cormier, PhD (Wiener Chair and Professor of Biological Sciences, Louisiana State University; Director, LSU Superfund Research Program; Professor of Comparative Biomedical Sciences, LSU School of Veterinary Medicine; Honorary Professor Child Health Research Centre, University of Queensland, Australia)
Location: Room SPH1 A1655, School of Public Health; 1415 Washington Heights; Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Fri December 6 2019 • 2:00 PM — 3:00 PM
Admin Core Seminar Series: “Lessons Learned for Developing an “Exposome” for Children’s Cohort Studies: Challenges and Successes in Applying new Methods for Assessment, Integration, and Analytics” with Elaine Faustman, PhD (Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences; Adjunct Professor of Public Policy & Governance; University of Washington)
Location: 3755 SPH I, School of Public Health; 1415 Washington Heights; Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Tue December 3 2019 • 12:00 PM — 12:50 PM
Environmental Research Seminar: “Statistics Online Computational Resource (SOCR) DataSifter: a statistical technique to protect research participant privacy while enabling data sharing” with Ivo D. Dinov, PhD, MS (Director, Statistics Online Computational Resource [SOCR], Professor of Health Behavior & Biological Sciences; and Computational Medicine & Bioinformatics)
Description: Effective and pragmatic sharing of data that includes sensitive information is difficult. The validation and reproducibility of findings in many health, financial, intelligence, socioeconomic, and other high-dimensional case-studies is inhibited when the data can’t be shared and the results independently confirmed. Either the utility of the data may be compromised by significant masking of the data or alternatively there may be a high risk of exposing private personal or secure organizational information. Excessive scrambling or encoding of the information makes the information less useful for modeling, or analytical processing. Insufficient preprocessing may compromise sensitive information and introduce a substantial risk for re-identification of individuals by various stratification techniques.

To address this problem, the SOCR lab developed a novel statistical method (DataSifter) that provides on-the-fly obfuscation of high-dimensional structured and unstructured sensitive data, e.g., clinical data from electronic health records (EHR). This technique provides complete administrative control over the balance between risk of data re-identification and preservation of the data information. Under careful set up of user-defined privacy levels, our simulation experiments suggest that the DataSifter protects privacy while maintaining data utility for different types of outcomes of interest. The application of DataSifter on ABIDE data provides a realistic demonstration of how to employ the proposed algorithm on EHR with more than 500 features. We are extending the DataSifter to desensitize longitudinal data and free-text. Time-permitting, some additional SOCR tools and resources may be demonstrated (http://www.socr.umich.edu).
Sponsored by: Michigan Center on Lifestage Environmental Exposures and Disease (M-LEEaD) Integrated Health Sciences Core
Location: Room SPH-I 3755, School of Public Health; 1415 Washington Heights; Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Tue November 19 2019 • 12:00 PM — 12:50 PM
Environmental Research Seminar: “PFAS in MICHIGAN: the state of Michigan's investigations and response” with Betsy Wasilevich, PhD, MPH (Senior Epidemiologist, Michigan Dept of Health & Human Services)
Description: Betsy Wasilevich (MDHHS) will present the Environmental Research seminar on “PFAS in MICHIGAN: the state of Michigan’s investigations and response”. Please join us as Dr. Wasilevich addresses the public health response efforts and how MDHHS has, and will continue to, investigate PFAS exposures and outcomes around the state.
Sponsored by: Michigan Center on Lifestage Environmental Exposures and Disease (M-LEEaD) Integrated Health Sciences Core
Location: Room SPH-I 3755, School of Public Health; 1415 Washington Heights; Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Tue October 29 2019 • 12:00 PM — 1:00 PM
Environmental Statistics Discussion: “57 varieties of regression, and some updates” with Rod Little, PhD (Richard D. Remington Distinguished University Professor of Biostatistics)
Sponsored by: Integrated Health Sciences Core and Community Engagement Cores of the Michigan Center on Lifestage Environmental Exposures and Disease (M-LEEaD)
Location: 3755 SPH I, School of Public Health; 1415 Washington Heights; Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Tue October 22 2019 • 1:00 PM — 2:30 PM
Environmental Statistics Day: “Prediction Error and Model Evaluation for Space-Time Downscaling: Case Studies in Air Pollution during Wildfires” with Donatello Telesca, PhD. (Assoc. Professor, Biostatistics, UCLA)
Description: Public Health Scientists use prediction models to downscale (i.e., interpolate) air pollution exposure where monitoring data is insufficient. This exercise aims to obtain estimates at fine resolutions, so that exposure data may reliably be related to health outcomes. In this setting, substantial research efforts have been dedicated to the development of statistical models capable of integrating heterogenous information to obtain accurate prediction: statistical downscaling models, land use regression, as well as machine learning strategies. However, when presented with the tasks of choosing between models, or averaging models, we find that our understanding of model performance in the absence of independent statistical replications remains insufficient. This lecture is motivated by several studies of air pollution (PM 2.5 and ground-level ozone) during wildfires. We review the basis for cross validation as a strategy for the estimation of the expected prediction error. As these performance measure play a crucial role in model selection and averaging we present a formal characterization of the estimands targeted by different data subsetting strategies, and explore their performance in engineered data settings. A final analysis and a warning about preference inversion is presented in relation to a 2008 wildfire event in Northern California.

Dr. Telesca is Associate Professor of Biostatistics at the University of California Los Angeles. He received a Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of Washington and spent two years at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center as a postdoctoral fellow. His research interests include Bayesian methods in multivariate statistics, functional data analysis, statistical methods in bio- and nano-informatics. Dr. Telesca is a member of the California NanoSystems Institute, the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and principal data scientist at Lucid Circuit Inc.
Sponsored by: Integrated Health Sciences Core, Michigan Center on Lifestage Environmental Exposures and Disease (M-LEEaD) NIEHS grant P30ES017885
Location: Room SPH-I 1690, School of Public Health; 1415 Washington Heights; Ann Arbor, MI 48109