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COVID-19 Death Rates Surge Among Already Challenged Communities

May 18, 2020

Using home addresses and death notices, Harvard resaerchers find that as the death rate increased across Massachusetts it surged nearly 40 percent higher in cities and towns with the largest concentrations of people of color compared to those with the least. The mortality rate increased nearly 14 percent more in municipalities with the most crowded housing compared to those with the least. And in cities and towns with the most poverty, the death rate increased 9 percent more than those with the least poverty.

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Trust in Science and COVID-19 Special RFP

May 11, 2020

Today the Harvard Data Science Initiative is launching a Special RFP for Trust in Science and COVID-19.

The goal of the Special COVID-19 Trust in Science RFP is to enable faculty across Harvard to study issues related to trust in science, broadly construed, in the context of the novel coronavirus pandemic. The HDSI welcomes data-science related proposals from all disciplines that seek to explore issues such as: the credibility of data and data models, the spread of information and misinformation, issues related to communication of scientific findings in a pandemic, data-driven indicators of consensus around scientific findings and recommendations, uptake of recommendations in different communities and national contexts, and the effect and impact of open data on public trust. These are examples only and applicants are encouraged to think broadly.... Read more about Trust in Science and COVID-19 Special RFP

Why Summer Likely Won’t Save Us From the Coronavirus

May 4, 2020

“There are multiple coronaviruses out there that affect our population, and many of them, if not most of them, exhibit a seasonal influence,” Mauricio Santillana (HDSI Competitive Research Awardee), the director of the Machine Intelligence Lab at Boston Children’s Hospital and a researcher on the effects of the weather on coronavirus, told me. “The hypothesis postulated for Covid-19 is that it will have a similar behavior.”...

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Students Analyzing Noise-Level Lockdown Data

May 4, 2020

“In the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Assistant Professor Marine Denolle’s (HDSI Competitive Research Awardee) teaching assistant had students analyze noise-level data from a city in China that was locked down. Tim Clements, a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, assigned the project as homework in the earthquake and tectonics class. Students downloaded seismic data from...

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HDSI co-Director Francesca Dominici Receives Karl E. Peace Award

May 1, 2020

Congratulations to our co-Director Francesca Dominici, Clarence James Gamble Professor of Biostatistics, Population and Data Science on receiving the 2020 Karl E. Peace Award for Outstanding Statistical Contributions for the Betterment of Society from the American Statistical Association.

Dr. Dominici was selected in part “for her high-quality, innovative, and policy-relevant science, for her commitment to transparency and...

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