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October 2019

Stefan Wager, Stanford University

October 30 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
4240 Public Affairs Bldg

Title: Machine Learning for Causal Inference Abstract: Given advances in machine learning over the past decades, it is now possible to accurately solve difficult non-parametric prediction problems in a way that is routine and reproducible. In this talk, I’ll discuss how these machine learning tools can be rigorously integrated into observational study analyses, and how they interact with classical ideas around randomization, semiparametric modeling, double robustness, etc. When deployed carefully, machine learning enables us to develop statistical estimators that reflect the…

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November 2019

Courtney Thomas, UCLA

November 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
4240 Public Affairs Bldg

Title: Distinguishing Distress from Disorder: Black-White Patterns in the Determinants of and Links between Depressive Symptoms and Major Depression. Background: Black Americans experience higher rates of psychological distress but similar or lower rates of psychiatric disorders than Whites. This study aimed to clarify these discordant distress-disorder patterns by (1) assessing whether sociodemographic and psychosocial risk factors varied across outcomes and racial groups and (2) evaluating Black-White differences in the distress-disorder linkage. Methods: Secondary analysis of the Nashville Stress and Health…

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Courtney Cogburn, Columbia University

November 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
4240 Public Affairs Bldg

Title: Race, Culture and Health: Conceptual and Methodological Innovations Abstract: Building a culture of health and achieving health equity requires that we engage cultural processes in a more meaningful way. Cultural processes and systems are commonly referenced in health inequity scholarship but empirical research generally lags behind this conceptual emphasis. I argue that employing a transdisciplinary approach to examining intersections of culture, structure and racism is a valuable analytical tool for understanding the production of social and racial inequities in…

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René D. Flores, The University of Chicago

November 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
4240 Public Affairs Bldg

Title: Who are the “immigrants”? Diversity, Immigration, and Public Opinion in the U.S.” Abstract: TBD More on Prof. Flores

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December 2019

Emily Smith-Greenway, USC

December 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
4240 Public Affairs Bldg

Title: Life after death: The scale and salience of mortality in sub-Saharan Africa Abstract: Dramatic reductions in the infant and under-five mortality rates over the last half century are among the global health community’s most notable achievements. The trends are clear and the message is positive: the world today is healthier and safer for young people than it has ever been. Sub-Saharan African countries, in particular, have experienced some of the most dramatic reductions in early life mortality. However, the all-time low infant and…

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