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Panel: “Social Dimensions of the Pandemic”

October 15, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Please join us for “Social Dimensions of the Pandemic,” a panel that will feature: David Lazer (Northeastern University), Andrea Parker (Georgia Institute of Technology), Jacqueline Wernimont (Dartmouth College), and Alessandro Vespignani (Northeastern University) speaking about their multidisciplinary research into COVID-19 and its impacts. Each panelist will share their current research into topics such as understanding the current and historical ways that diseases and persons have been measured, surveying public responses to the pandemic, and modeling information about COVID-19 and the responses to it. We will then have time for discussion and questions among the panelists and attendees.

This is a remote event and registration is required. RSVP here

David Lazer is University Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Computer and Information Science, Northeastern University, and Co-Director, NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks. Prior to coming to Northeastern University, he was on the faculty at the Harvard Kennedy School (1998-2009). In 2019, he was elected a fellow to the National Academy of Public Administration. His research has been published in such journals as Science, Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, the American Political Science Review, Organization Science, and the Administrative Science Quarterly, and has received extensive coverage in the media, including the New York Times, NPR, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and CBS Evening News.

Andrea Grimes Parker is an Associate Professor in the School of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. Dr. Parker holds a Ph.D. in Human-Centered Computing from Georgia Tech and a B.S. in Computer Science from Northeastern University. From 2018-2019, she was a Northeastern University Institute of Health Equity and Social Justice Research Faculty Scholar. Dr. Parker is the founder and director of the Wellness Technology Research Lab at Georgia Tech. Her interdisciplinary research spans the domains of human-computer interaction (HCI) and public health, as she examines how social and interactive computing systems can be designed to address health disparities. Dr. Parker’s research has been funded through awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health, the Aetna Foundation, and Google. She has served as a steering committee member for the NSF Smart & Connected Health Visioning Workshop, Co-chair for the Technical Program Committee of the EAI International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare, and received several best paper nominations for her research on health equity.

Alessandro Vespignani is the Director of the Network Science Institute and Sternberg Family Distinguished University Professor with interdisciplinary appointments in the College of Computer and Information Science, College of Science and the Bouvé College of Health Sciences. His research interests include complex systems and networks, and the data-driven computational modeling of epidemics. His research activity is focused on the study of “techno-social” systems, where infrastructures composed of different technological layers are interoperating within the social components that drive their use and development.


Jacqueline Wernimont is the Distinguished Chair of Digital Humanities and Social Engagement and Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Dartmouth College. She uses feminist, anti-racist frameworks to understand quantification and commemoration as social and political practices. She is the co-Director of HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaborative) and runs the Digital Justice Lab at Dartmouth.

Her first book, Numbered Lives: Life and Death in Quantum Media came out with MIT Press in 2019. Using a two-part structure to historicize the counting of life and death in Britain and the United States, Numbered Lives is a much-needed history of the role of colonial, corporate, and religious thinking in our modern quantified lives. Two major media, pedometers and mortality tables, are featured in this wide-ranging trans-Atlantic media history. She is also the co-editor of the recent Bodies of Information: Intersectional Feminism and Digital Humanities (with Elizabeth Losh).

NULab events are free and open to the public, but registration is required. All fall 2020 NULab events will be virtual. Please contact[at]gmail[dot]com with any questions. 


October 15, 2020
11:00 am - 12:30 pm


Virtual: Registration Required


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