#STEM Summer Program in Environment and Public Health

Event Description

Program provides training & experience in conducting research in how environmental factors affect health by means of computer simulations.

In order to encourage and open up opportunities for women in STEM careers, hEr VOLUTION is partnering with the Foundation for Student Science and Technology (FSST) and the University Research Experience with Complex Systems (URECS) to offer a one-week program in Environment and Public Health. The program will provide training and experience in conducting research in how environmental factors affect health by means of computer simulations. It is available to female students ages 13 – 18. It will be offered from July 23rd – July 27th at the Gerstein Library on the St. George Campus of the University of Toronto.

Event Details

July 23rd – July 27th (10 am to 2 pm) at the Gerstein Library on the St. George Campus of the University of Toronto. WIBN members get $10 OFF the camp ticket by using the WIBN code

How can people register?

https://www.picatic.com/COBWEBCompSci?code=WINB

What will attendees learn?

By the end of the week, each student will be able to develop a research question, develop experiments to answer the research question, download the output from COBWEB, view the data in different ways and discuss their research.

Participants in the program will work learn how to use the COBWEB software (Complexity and Organized Behaviour Within Environmental Bounds), developed by Dr. Brad Bass and his students, to conduct research into how environmental factors affect health. COBWEB is used to develop computer simulations of different types of systems or problems. The computer simulations are used to conduct experiments, explore “what if” questions and explore surprising events that can occur in our systems. During the week, students will work in partners to conduct experiments with two different types of models

–>> simulations of diabetes, specifically the impact of genetics, diet and environment; and
–>> the biological and social determinants of health in new immigrant populations, i.e. what factors are important in the long-term health of new immigrants

Students will work with these and other simulations and will participate in other activities to learn how to use COBWEB, how to conduct research and how to use the systems science concepts that are at the heart of COBWEB.

During the week, students will receive individual mentoring from Dr. Brad Bass and his students. In addition to diabetes and the determinants of health, Dr. Bass and his students have used COBWEB to develop computer simulations of autism, Alzheimer’s disease, economics & innovation, changing cost of housing and transportation in cities, segregation in cities due to income, group dynamics and many other areas. Some of these models will be discussed as participants learn how to use COBWEB, and during the week, students will be able to try many of these models.

Each day will consist of instruction in COBWEB and systems concepts, using the software and other interactive games, presentations of the work of other students and working in teams to develop your own project. From Monday through Friday, the amount of instruction will decrease while the amount of experimentation and research increases. On the last day of the week, students will be completing their experiments and presenting their work.

Students will be able to keep their models and a copy of the COBWEB software. Each student will also have the opportunity to continue working with URECS following the completion of the program.

Please bring your own nut-free lunch.

Do you have a special offer or incentive for WIBN members to attend?

Yes, through this link you will get $10 OFF https://www.picatic.com/COBWEBCompSci?code=WINB

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