The global pandemic has turned data analytics, epidemiology, and community health into household topics, and Hokies are playing a critical role in each.

During a live web event scheduled for 12 p.m. Wednesday, June 24, we’re bringing together experts who are working at the intersection of these critical fields and the global pandemic. They will discuss the way data science and data analytics are driving the healthcare field now more than ever. Virginia Tech’s LINK + LICENSE + LAUNCH, a center dedicated to industry partnerships, joins the College of Science in sponsoring this event.

Joining the panel are:

Ronald D. Fricker, associate dean for faculty affairs and administration in the College of Science, a professor in the Department of Statistics, and author of the recently published book, “Monitoring the Health of Populations by Tracking Disease Outbreaks: Saving Humanity from the Next Plague.”

Alexandra Hanlon, director of the Center for Biostatistics and Health Data Science, located at Virginia Tech’s Roanoke campus, co-director of iTHRIV Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design (BERD) Methods Core, and a professor of practice in the Department of Statistics.

Alan Lattimer, senior data scientist for Socially Determined, a Washington, D.C.-based healthcare analytics company that recently sponsored the COVID-19 Social Data Project at VT, and an Ph.D. alumnus of the Department of Mathematics, where he also has served as a visiting professor.

Sadaf Rohani, a graduate student in the Virginia Tech Data Analysis and Applied Statistics program, part of the Department of Statistics, and based in the greater Washington, D.C., metro area.

Serving as moderator will be Lauren Childs, an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics and an affiliated faculty member of the Systems Biology program, part of the Academy of Integrated Science.

Brandy Salmon, associate vice president for innovation and partnerships at Virginia Tech and managing director of the Virginia Tech Innovation Campus, will provide a university update in opening remarks.

A question-and-answer session will follow the panel discussion.

Registration is required.

For more information, visit the LINK + LICENSE + LAUNCH website.