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Benjamin Smarr (UC San Diego)
Wednesday, December 09, 2020 at 4:00 P.M.
Data Stories, the Information Reformation, and COVID-19
Personal, physiological data are becoming common. How do we pick information from this deluge of data? A deeper appreciation of the way biology makes use of time combine with the timeless human urge to share with stories, not just numbers. Together, these two lenses let us surf the deluge to make rapid progress in previously impossible-to-reach biomedical applications. In this talk, we will see how classical circadian biology has sewn the seeds for a major upheaval in biomedical research, in which COVID-19 seems likely to become a historic pivot.
Prof. Smarr got his PhD in Neurobiology and Behavior at the University of Washington before serving as an NIH postdoctoral fellow at Berkeley. Dr. Smarr’s work focuses on biological rhythms and neuroendocrinology, which he approaches through collaboration with wearable device companies and communities wishing to collaborate to explore the data they generate about themselves. Dr. Smarr joined UCSD’s Dept. of Bioengineering early in 2020, has a joint appointment to the Halicioglu Data Science Institute, and is the UCSD PI and technical lead on the largest public wearable-driven COVID-19 study: TemPredict.