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Lecture Series

Tutorial on distributed optimization & distributed machine learning, and security and privacy in distributed optimization/learning

March 12, 19, 26, 2021

Tutorial on distributed optimization & distributed machine learning, and security and privacy in distributed optimization/learning by Nitin Vaidya, Department of Computer Science, Georgetown University (

Interested attendees should register at this link: preferably using an institutional email address for the registration.

Application Writing Process: Writing About Leadership

March 17, 2021, 2 pm

The Undergraduate Research and Fellowship advisers at Columbia University talk about leadership and the points one should highlight as a leader in their essay and/or resume.

Dean’s Seminar Series featuring Ed Schlesinger – “Engineering and Medicine; A Confluence”

Cosponsored by the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research

The relationship between medicine and engineering—between clinicians and engineers—is undergoing a transformation so radical that it now can be difficult to define precisely where engineering ends and medicine begins. Fueled by advances in data science and engineering’s innovations, this revolution is redefining what it means to practice medicine and the roles of physicians and patients. These changes are occurring at an ever-faster pace and I believe will be more disruptive to health care than many anticipate, forever altering the relationship between engineering and medicine, our institutional structures, and how and even where medicine is practiced. In this presentation, I will describe disruptive changes that already have occurred in other industries that should be regarded as a harbinger for the evolving future of medical practice. I will also explain why we must embrace this change and the opportunities it presents, so that we, in partnership, can shape and lead the future of our disciplines.

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Dean’s Seminar Series featuring Bruce Tromberg, PhD – “Bioengineering for COVID-19: Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) at Unprecedented Speed and Scale”

March 25, 2021

Bruce J. Tromberg, Ph.D.

Director, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

National Institutes of Health

The Application Process: Personal Statement 

April 15, 2021, 4 pm

The Undergraduate Research and Fellowship advisers at Columbia University discuss the differences between research and personal statements and help brainstorm potential topics of focus.

Barbara McClintock Life Sciences Lecture Series

Multiple dates available in February, March and April 2021

The Barbara McClintock Life Sciences Lecture Series is among the most distinguished lecture series in the world. This lecture series brings together colleagues from the natural, physical, and computer sciences and engineering communities in a single forum. 

Dean’s Seminar Series featuring E. Dale Abel, MD, PhD – “(Glucose Metabolism) a Common Soil Linking Diabetes Mellitus, Heart Failure and Cancer?”

May 6, 2021, 4-5 pm


Heart failure is a disease of aging that continues to have a poor prognosis. Diabetes Mellitus amplifies the risk of heart failure. Heart failure and diabetes are accompanied by impaired mitochondrial oxidative capacity in the heart. Moreover, heart failure and diabetes are insulin resistant states. An important consequence of these systemic and organ-specific metabolic changes is a mismatch between glucose uptake and its mitochondrial metabolism that leads to the accumulation of glycolytic intermediates that activate signaling pathways that contribute to ventricular remodeling. Many of these perturbations in glycolytic metabolism are also seen in cancer. Whereas activation of these pathways lead to cellular proliferation in cancer, in the heart they promote myocardial remodeling. Metabolic modulation may play an important role in ameliorating the progression of heart failure.

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Clinical & Translational Research Grand Rounds: Modeling Exertional Exhaustion in Gulf War Illness (GWI) and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS)

May 7, 2021, 12-1 pm

ABSTRACT: Dr. Baraniuk serves as Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University where, for over 20 years, his NIH (NIAID, NIEHS, NCRR, NINDS) and DOD supported research has focused primarily on careful phenotyping, mechanistic, biomarker, and therapeutic studies to improve the understanding and care of patients with complex, chronic, multi-symptom illnesses including Gulf War Illness and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. His research has leveraged his remarkable engagement with Veteran and Patient communities, cutting-edge and discipline-spanning molecular, analytical, neuroimaging, and informatics approaches, and complex clinical protocols that have depended on our expert clinical research unit staff. His work underscores the centrality of rigorous human subjects research to understand and improve patient care in complex clinical disorders. His talk will focus on exertional exhaustion, a defining, distressing, and debilitating characteristic of GWI and ME/CFS.

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CS Colloquium: Munmun De Choudhury (Georgia Institute of Technology)

May 7, 2021, 1-2 pm

Employing Social Media to Improve Mental Health: Harnessing the Potentials and Avoiding the Pitfalls

A popular form of web data — social media data — is being increasingly used to computationally learn about and infer the mental health states of individuals and populations. Despite being touted as a powerful means to shape interventions and impact mental health recovery, little do we understand about the theoretical, domain, and psychometric validity of this novel information source, or its underlying biases, when appropriated to augment conventionally gathered data, such as surveys and verbal self-reports. This talk presents a critical analytic perspective on the pitfalls of social media signals of mental health, especially when they are derived from “proxy” diagnostic indicators, often removed from the real-world context in which they are likely to be used. Then, to overcome these pitfalls, this talk presents results from two case studies, where computational algorithms to glean mental health insights from social media were developed in a context-sensitive and human-centered way, in collaboration with domain experts and stakeholders. The first of these case studies, a collaboration with a health provider, focuses on the individual-perspective, and reveals the ability and implications of using social media data of consented schizophrenia patients to forecast relapse and support clinical decision-making. Scaling up to populations, in collaboration with a federal organization and towards influencing public health policy, the second case study seeks to forecast nationwide rates of suicide fatalities using social media signals, in conjunction with health services data. The talk concludes with discussions of the path forward, emphasizing the need for a collaborative, multi-disciplinary research agenda while realizing the potential of web data in health — one that incorporates methodological rigor, ethics, and accountability, all at once.

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MDI Scholars Spring 2021 Showcase

May 10, 2021, 10 am EDT

Come hear from Georgetown students working on a host of exciting research projects this term. From the 2020 elections to forced migration to partnership work with the World Bank and Pact, MDI Scholars are tackling some of the most pressing policy issues of our time. We’re excited to share their work with you at this event.

Please RSVP here to receive the Zoom link for our event

Science in Health

Multiple dates available in December 2020, January, February and March 2021

The Science in Health Public Lecture Series are free events that attract a diverse audience including the public, secondary school pupils and professionals. The series aims to open up areas of concern in health care and present new research on health issues to the public.

COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2 and the Pandemic- MIT Biology Lecture Series

Wednesday mornings @ 9 am, starting September 8, 2021

In this free online lecture series provided by MIT, prominent health officials and scientists such as Anthony Fauci delve into the logistics and science behind the current pandemic. From reviewing coronavirus biology to viral immunology, the online lecture series presents a way to learn more about the virus that currently plays a prominent role in many research efforts. It should be noted that this online lecture was recorded in Fall of 2020 and that the same course with new lectures will begin September 8th, 2021 (Link to new course will be available on the site linked above). 

Inoculating Cities: Case Studies of Urban Pandemic Preparedness

Thursday, September 9, 2021, 8-9 am (recorded)

Cities and urban areas are especially at risk for infectious outbreaks due to their high density, socioeconomic inequalities, and other factors. Despite this, they offer models for resolving these issues and enhancing overall public health security Inoculating Cities: Case Studies of Urban Pandemic Preparedness is a volume, published in July 2021,  that represents a collection of case studies on models of urban pandemic preparedness and response. The discussion held this Thursday will feature a seminar and discussion with the editors and writers.

Dean’s Seminar Series featuring Paul Roepe, PhD – “The Biochemistry of Antimalarial Drug Resistance”

September 9, 2021, 4-5:30 pm (recorded)

This seminar will discuss the biochemical processes behind antimalarial drug resistance.  The presentation will start with addressing chloroquine probes. Then, information will be provided on the synthesis of fluorescent antimalarial drug probes. Then, the seminar will clarify the structure and function of malarial resistance proteins like PfCRT.

The Center for Philosophy of Science Annual Lecture Series (62nd Annual Lecture)

Friday afternoons @ 3:30pm; Next lecture: September 24, 2021

Hosted by the Center for Philosophy of Science- a program of the University of Pittsburgh- historians, philosophers, and scientists are invited to present original papers ranging from biological behavioral aspects and their effect on the allocation of gender roles to precision medicine. Lectures from previous years are linked on the page provided above as well.