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Advances in Agent-Based Computational Modeling: Toward a Systems View of Obesity

Recorded October 24, 2013

Joshua Epstein, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Advanced Modeling in the Social, Behavioral and Health Sciences (CAM) at Johns Hopkins

Dr. Epstein will discuss the notion of a generative explanation of social phenomena and will demonstrate agent-based computational models in public health, from the local to the literally planetary scale. He will present his forthcoming Princeton University Press book, Agent_Zero: Toward Neurocognitive Foundations for Generative Social Science, which introduces an advanced agent whose behavior results from the interaction of affective, deliberative, and social modules. He will then discuss the prospects for modeling the obesity epidemic using cognitively grounded agents in large-scale models developed at his Center for Advanced Modeling.

Sponsored by Johns Hopkins Global Center on Childhood Obesity

Dr. Epstein serves as an External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute and a member of the New York Academy of Sciences and is a former Senior Fellow in Economics and Director of the center of Social and Economic Dynamics at the Brookings Institution. He is a recipient of the prestigious 2008 NIH Director's Pioneer Award, lead investigator in Modeling and Simulation for the DHS University Center of Excellence on Preparedness and Catastrophic Event Response (PACER)... View full bio (web link)

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A Chronic Challenge: Non-Communicable Diseases and the Media
Johns Hopkins - Pulitzer Center Symposium

Recorded October 10, 2013

Joanne Silberner
University of Washington Artist-in-Residence, Special Correspondent for PRI's The World

Derek Yach
Senior Vice President, Vitality Group

Robert Lawrence
Director, The Center for a Livable Future

Benn McGrady
Director of the O'Neill Institute Initiative on Trade Investment and Health, Georgetown University

David Jernigan
Director, Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth

Joanna Cohen
Director, The Institute for Global Tobacco Control

Francisco Becerra Posada
Assistant Director, Pan American Health Organization

In 2011, the United Nations issued the second political declaration on health in its history. It was on the present and growing threat of non-communicable diseases (NCDs); the first was on AIDS. Already, NCDs like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancers and chronic lung disease account for 60% of deaths globally. Planning documents to address NCDs are in greater supply than dollars and action. In February 2013, The Lancet asked on its cover: "Where are the global conferences on NCDs, the research meetings, the task forces, the grand challenges initiated by funders and foundations? They don't exist."

Meanwhile, corporations are deploying advertising campaigns urging people to adopt Western lifestyles, increasing the prevalence of NCD risk factors like alcohol and tobacco use and poor diet. With slow-moving progress on funding and a barrage of influential advertising, can strong media coverage help drive progress on NCDs? Join leading journalists, lawyers and public health experts for a critical discussion of this question at the inaugural Johns Hopkins-Pulitzer Center Symposium.

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The Smarter Lunchroom Movement

Recorded September 26, 2013

Brian Wansink, Ph.D.
Cornell Food and Brand Lab

Recorded as part of the JHGCCO Seminar Series.

Sponsored by Johns Hopkins Global Center on Childhood Obesity

Brian Wansink (Ph.D. Stanford 1990) is the John Dyson Endowed Chair in the Applied Economics and Management Department at Cornell University, where he directs the Cornell Food and Brand Lab. He is the lead author of over 100 academic articles and books on eating behavior, including the best-selling Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think (2006) along with Marketing Nutrition (2005), Asking Questions (2004), and Consumer Panels (2002)... View full bio (web link)

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16th Annual Daniel J. Raskin Memorial Symposium: The Impact of Drunk Driving on the Nation's Health

Recorded September 18, 2013

Deborah A. Hersman
Acting Chair, The National Transportation Safety Board

NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman is recognized as one of the nation's most visionary and passionate safety leaders who advocates for safety across all modes of transportation. Among her many initiatives, Chairman Hersman has focused attention and actions on distracted driving, child passenger safety, and helping accident victims and their families. She emphasizes the NTSB's role as "the conscience and the compass of the transportation industry."

Hersman has been the Board Member on-scene for more than 20 major transportation accidents, chaired scores of NTSB hearings, forums and events, and regularly testifies before Congress. Her leadership has created a more transparent and accountable organization by significantly increasing the quantity and quality of NTSB information available on the agency's website, holding more public meetings to highlight safety issues, and embracing social media to communicate with stakeholders and citizens.

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Systems Science Applications in Childhood Obesity Research: Current Status and Future Directions

Recorded September 18, 2013

Patricia Mabry, PhD
Acting Deputy Director, Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, National Institutes of Health

Systems science applications to obesity research will be highlighted. Special attention will be paid to policy relevant examples. Projects from the Envision modeling network of the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research will be featured. Future directions for systems science applications in obesity research will be proposed and relevant NIH funding opportunities will be presented.

Recorded as part of the JHGCCO Seminar Series.

Dr. Mabry is the Acting Deputy Director and a Senior Advisor in the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) where she is facilitating the emergence of a new field that integrates systems science with health-related behavioral and social science research. Dr. Mabry has led the issuance of funding opportunity announcements in systems science and produced the Institute on Systems Science and Health (ISSH). She is the Guest Editor of an upcoming supplement of Health Education and Behavior on Systems Science Application in Health Promotion and Public Health (anticipated October 2013). She co-leads Envision, a network of computational modeling teams focused on policy interventions to combat obesity. Dr. Mabry has published on tobacco control, interdisciplinary research, and systems science in the Lancet, Nicotine and Tobacco Research, the American Journal of Public Health and the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. She was a member of the team that received the Applied Systems Thinking Prize in 2008, and is a Society of Behavioral Medicine Fellow. Her full biography is at

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Engaging Students in Active Learning: The Flipped Classroom and Other Strategies

Recorded March 18, 2013

Annual JHSPH Teaching Workshop

Keynote: Dr. Marcio Oliveira
Asst. Dean for Educational Innovation,UMD School of Public Health
"Making Learning Un-Googleable: 21st Century Pedagogy that will Transform Education"

Featuring: Dr. Scott Zeger
Vice Provost for Research, Johns Hopkins University
"Promoting Active Learning in a Large "Lecture" Class; Experience from a First Try"

Panel Discussion: Other Active Learning Strategies: Dr. Nan Astone, Associate Professor, Department of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health; Dr. Keri Althoff, Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology; Dr. Elizabeth Golub, Associate Scientist, Department of Epidemiology; Dr. Beth Resnick, Director, Office of Public Health Practice and Training and the MSPH Program in Health Policy.

Sponsored by The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

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Greener Pastures: A Vision for Healthy Farming

Recorded October 24, 2012

Francis Thicke, PhD
Soil Scientist and Practicing Organic Dairy Farmer

A Polly Walker Ecology Fund lecture. The Polly Walker Ecology Fund was established at the Center in November 2008 to honor co-founder Polly Walker and to increase our understanding and application of the essential ecological perspective first promoted by Sir Albert Howard in 1939: "The whole problem of health in soil, plant, animal and man is one great subject."

Sponsored by The Department of Environmental Health Sciences and The Center for a Livable Future

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2012 Daniel J. Raskin Memorial Symposium on Injury Prevention: The Politics of Safety

Recorded October 9, 2012

Joan Claybrook
President Emeritus of Public Citizen and Former Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Dr. Claybrook received the 2012 Community Hero award from the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy. The Community Hero Award was created by the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy to recognize distinguished injury prevention leaders and exemplary programs that contribute to improving safety in our communities. After accepting her award, she shared her thoughts on how research and data favoring safety initiatives often conflict with political pressures on policymakers and administrative agencies, and offered her recommendations on what can be done to facilitate progress in safety programs.

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Vaccine Day 2012

Recorded October 5, 2012

Featuring: William H. Foege, MD, MPH
Professor Emeritus of International Health, Emory University

Vaccine Day events began on Friday October 5th at 12:00pm in Sommer Hall with an introduction by Ruth Karron, M.D., Director of the Johns Hopkins Vaccine Initiative and an introduction by the Dean of the School of Public Health, Michael Klag, MD, MPH. Dean Klag presented Dr. Foege with the Dean's Medal.

Dr. Foege's keynote address was titled "Vaccines and Society: Some Unexpected Stories." Following the keynote, an expert panel moderated by Dr. Karron discussed issues surrounding vaccine research in the 20th century.

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Reducing Asthma Disparities in Children: A Model Program with Promising Results

Recorded June 20, 2012 12:00-1:30 PM (EST)

Greg B. Diette, MD, MHS
Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and Environmental Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Kate Scott, RN, MPH
Asthma Program Director, Baltimore City Health Department

This event is part of the Public Health Practice Grand Rounds series. Visit the MAPHTC website to view other events and upcoming trainings at Recorded live in Sheldon Hall. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Public Health Training Center

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