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Tapping into social media for public health

Public health and Twitter is the topic of a talk with lunch on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at noon in Room 201 of the Modern Languages Building.  

"Public Health and Twitter: What's in there?" will be presented by Mark Dredze, assistant research professor and research scientist in the department of computer science at Johns Hopkins University.

Dredze's talk is part of the Fall Speaker Series by the Institute for Quantitative Theory and Methods.

"Our research suggests that social media has broad applicability for public health research," Dredze says. He plans to discuss the potential for Twitter and other social media to impact health research, including disease surveillance, public safety and drug usage patterns.

He will also discuss new statistical models that can process "vast amounts of data and reveal trends and patterns of interest to public health."  

RSVP, with any dietary restrictions, to by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9.  Lunch will be provided.

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