The summer has come and gone, and the fall semester is underway. Like you, I used the summer to conduct research and honor other academic commitments, with a bit of vacation squeezed in between. (This summer, I chaired a subcommittee of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Scientific Computing Advising Committee that was responsible for reviewing and issuing recommendations on an exascale technology plan for the nation. If you’re interested, you can read more here).
Organized by our Faculty Fellows, we recently hosted the first in a series of "Ideas and Intersections” dinners. Each is designed to bring together scholars, researchers, artists, and thought leaders for an evening of discourse and discovery on important topics that lie at the interstices of our disciplines. The first of these, titled Epidemics: Countering (and Encountering) Exposure, explored the historical, cultural, technical, scientific and biomedical ideas surrounding the spread and tracking of disease and our evolving societal responses.