APS COVID Webinar Series

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The APS COVID Research and Resources Group (CRRG) is pleased to announce the APS COVID webinar series. The main goal of the APS COVID webinars is to present the latest COVID-related research by world's experts and introduce research challenges that could be addressed by physicists and related scientists. These webinars will be enhanced with other focused activities around the presented topics, such as thematic discussions and generation of educational resources.

The APS COVID webinar series will start in September and will occur biweekly. We will organize the talks in coordination with the speakers in a way that creates a flow of ideas that is both educational and interesting to a broad community. We welcome you to attend APS COVID webinars and actively participate in other CRRG activities. For more information how to join CRRG, please see below.

Webinar: Epidemiology of COVID-19: Implications for Control

September 23, 2020
12 Noon ET

Speaker: Marc Lipsitch
Moderator: Thomas Bortfeld

Abstract: This talk will describe key features of the epidemiology of the COVID-19 pandemic with emphasis on the complexity of the data-generating mechanisms -- including delayed and incomplete reporting, local heterogeneity, and uncertain effectiveness of control measures -- and the challenges these pose for control. It will describe some approaches to addressing these challenges, including now-casting and detailed sensitivity analyses in models. It will conclude with a subjective view of some of the big open questions in the epidemiology of COVID-19.

Bio: Dr. Marc Lipsitch is a professor of epidemiology and director of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics at Harvard University. During the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, he served on President Barack Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology Working Group, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s outside advisory group, “Team B,”. He has also advised the Food and Drug Administration, World Health Organization, and various governments such as Canada and Mexico on infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance. Lipsitch has drawn off this experience during the COVID-19 pandemic, providing advice to WHO, the International Monetary Fund, and several national, state, and local governments. Lipsitch has published some two dozen articles and preprints on COVID-19 with colleagues and trainees, including scenarios for social distancing, ethical and quantitative analyses of vaccine trials, coronavirus seasonality, vaccine prioritization, and other topics.

Welcome to the CRRG Group

The COVID Research and Resources Group (CRRG) aims to connect physicists and other scientists through COVID-related research and education efforts. The CRRG serves as a central meeting and discussion hub for COVID-related activities within APS and broader community. In addition to the regular APS COVID webinars, activities include journal clubs, publication reviews, discussion forums, and the formation of research consortia. If you would like to join CRRG, visit our website, find our community on engage.aps.org, or email crrg@aps.org and we will connect with you.

How to join CRRG on APS Engage

If you are an APS member

  • Go to engage.aps.org and click Sign In
  • Log into APS Engage with your My APS credentials. These are the same credentials used to renew your APS membership online.
  • At the homepage create your profile.
  • After creating your profile, click the Communities tab and select All Communities
  • Find the COVID Research and Resources Group and click the Join button to the right to opt-in

If you are not an APS member

  • Go to engage.aps.org and click Sign In
  • At the next screen, click "Don't have an account?" (under the Log In button) to create your login credentials
  • Log into APS Engage with your newly created credentials.
  • At the homepage complete your profile.
  • After creating your profile, click the Communities tab and select All Communities
  • Find the COVID Research and Resources Group and click the Join button to the right to opt-in

Epidemiology of COVID-19: Implications for Control
Date: September 23, 2020
Time: 12 Noon ET

Marc Lipsitch

Speaker: Marc Lipsitch, Harvard University

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