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Uploaded on Aug 4, 2009
http://www.mccombs.utexas.edu/ Paul Damien of the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin discusses his work with the MIDAS project, a national network of researchers using mathematical models to help public health officials better predict, intervene and contain contagious diseases such as the flu.
Take school closures as an example, Damien says. Its challenging to assess when and where to close schools. Based on what metric? Percent infected? Percent likely to be infected? Only by using mathematical methods can we best quantify these uncertainties. The MIDAS program rightly encourages the use of mathematics to make better, informed decisions, and we're excited to be involved in such an effort."