Summer Updates

What a great start to the summer after a very productive spring! I’m looking forward to attending and presenting a poster at the Interface 2015 conference on data science in Morgantown, West Virginia this June, and am so excited to learn I was awarded a scholarship from the Kosciuszko Foundation of the American Center for Polish Culture to support spatial statistic and econometric studies. I will be teaching cutting-edge GIScience concepts to ASU students later this summer, in addition to GeoDa center research. For research, I’ll be looking at treatment effects in evaluation work with social interactions and information diffusion issues, and will be working in both Chicago and Phoenix.

Earlier this year, I presented “Towards an Open Source, Systems-Integrating Spatial Decision Support Framework for Urban Public Health Environments ,” as a poster at Foss4GNA 2015. In April, I gave a talk with Dr. Daniel Block (CSU & NU) about some of the neat research we’ve been doing about food accessibility in the City of Chicago at the Association of American Geographers annual meeting. The talk was part of the Health Disparities: Contemporary and Emerging Methods. It was my first AAG! I also got to work through a complete Bayesian hierarchical model using the CARBayes package in R to look at lung cancer relative risk with spatial effects across the Appalachian region (see image below!). I also served as the Director of Wellness at the graduate and professional student organization (GPSA) of ASU, and am thrilled to see our new wellness team thrive!

It’s been a wildly (yet happily) busy spring and I look forward to an ambitious summer!

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