May 31, 2020 • 2HR 18M

Episode 11 - 5.31.2020

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Larry Bernstein
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Patsy Yang

Topic: Covid and NY Jails
Bio: Senior Vice President for Correctional Health Services, a division that provides medical, mental health, and dental health services to individuals in the NYC jail system.


Patsy Yang QA


Lauren Meyers

Topic: Machine learning to improve outbreak detection, forecasting and control.
Bio: Professor of Integrative Biology at UT Austin
UT COVID-19 Modeling Consortium


Alex Pentland

Topic: How to predict outbreaks of COVID-19 one and two weeks in advance…i.e., in “pre-symptomatic” populations… by use of commercially available behavior data. When people are getting sick, they change their behavior in statistically regular manner, starting before they have standard medical symptoms. This is currently being done in Israel and is piloting in US. These predictions can allow the outbreak to be contained, and medical systems to be better prepared.
Bio: Professor Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland directs MIT Connection Science, an MIT-wide initiative, and previously helped create and direct the MIT Media Lab and the Media Lab Asia in India. He is one of the most-cited computational scientists in the world, and Forbes recently declared him one of the “7 most powerful data scientists in the world” along with Google founders and the Chief Technical Officer of the United States.


Alex Pentland QA


Shafi Goldwasser

Topic: “contract tracing and beyond”, what information would be useful and can be obtained whilst maintaining privacy beyond contact tracing.
Bio: Goldwasser holds faculty positions in the departments of computer science in MIT and Weizmann Institute. She is the co-founder of Duality Technologies, a startup specializing in privacy enhancing technologies for machine learning applications. She received the Turing Award in 2012.


Shafi Goldwasser QA


Kim Weeden

Topic: The Small World Network of College Classes: Implications for Epidemic Spread on a University Campus
Bio: Jan Rock Zubrow ’77 Professor of the Social Sciences, Director of the Center for the Study of Inequality at Cornell University


Kim Weeden QA


Joe Farrell

Topic: Business Liability Related to Covid and employees and customers
Bio: Partner with Latham and Watkins


Joe Farrell QA


Diana Mutz

Topic: Pandemic Politics and Public Opinion toward Trade and Globalization
Bio: Samuel A. Stouffer Professor of Political Science and Communication, University Of Pennsylvania; Director, Institute for Study of Citizens and Politics. Author of Winners and Losers: the Psychology of Attitudes toward Foreign Trade (forthcoming, Princeton University Press)


Diana Mutz and Chris Arnade QA


Barry Schwartz

Topic: The tradeoff between “security” and “wealth” and what the pandemic has to
teach us
Bio: Dorwin P. Cartwright Professor of Social Theory and Social Action at Swarthmore College


Dean Adler

Topic: When is it the right time to start investing in real estate in a down cycle? And investing in real estate with respect to retail properties
Bio: Cofounder of Lubert – Adler Real Estate Fund


Dean Adler QA


Michael Bordo

Topic: Fed’s policies in the pandemic with a perspective from economic history.
Bio: Board of Governors Professor of Economics and director of the Center for Monetary and Financial History at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey


Michael Bordo QA


Chris Arnade


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