DAIDD 2014

Third annual Clinic on Dynamical Approaches to Infectious Disease Data

December 15-19, 2014, UF Emerging Pathogens Institute, Gainesville, FL, USA

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Prior to Monday morning (Dec 15), you should complete the following steps in preparation for the clinic. You will need to be logged into your GitHub account to access the materials linked below.

Research Pitch

  1. Prepare a short oral presentation summarizing your research (2 minutes max, 1 slide in PDF format)
    • You may summarize recent, completed research that forms the basis for ongoing work, or you may give an overview of a new project that’s in development or of ongoing work.
    • We recommend selecting 1-2 visual aids (eg, figures or diagrams) that will help you explain key aspects of the research. Please keep the text on your slide to a minimum.
    • Do not attempt to explain all of the details of your project - stick to the essentials and keep it simple. You will be kept to time.
  2. Prepare a more detailed description of your research
    • We recommend using an existing description of your research, rather than creating something from scratch. For example, you could use a poster you have presented elsewhere, a project proposal you have written, or even compile abstracts from 2-3 projects you’ve published or presented at meetings.
    • The intent here is not for you to spend hours preparing something new to share, rather to provide an easy way for others who are interested to learn more about your research and interests.
    • Please do keep it brief (1-3 pages would be best).
  3. Bring PDF versions of your slide and more detailed description with you on Monday morning. We will have a session before the coffee break on Monday where you are instructed on how to add these files to the DAIDD 2014 repository.

Pre-assigned reading

  1. Please read the introductory handout for DAIDD 2014, which includes excerpts from the below papers.
    • Bellan SE, Pulliam JRC, Scott JC, Dushoff J and the MMED Organizing Committee. How to make epidemiological training infectious. PLoS Biology 2012; 10: e1001295.
    • Susser M, Susser E. Choosing a future for epidemiology: I. Eras and paradigms. Am J Public Health 1996; 86: 668–73.
    • Koopman JS, Lynch JW. Individual causal models and population system models in epidemiology._ Am J Public Health_ 1999; 89: 1170–4.
    • Brauer F. Mathematical epidemiology is not an oxymoron. BMC Public Health 2009; 9: S2.

Software installation

  1. If you plan to bring a laptop to use during the Clinic, please install the following programs prior to Monday morning:

    • Excel (or a compatible spreadsheet program)
    • Git - version control software > Note that the latest versions of MacOS come with Git installed, so you may not need to install this program.
    • GitHub GUI (download links for Windows and MacOS)
    • R - a statistical programming language (download links for Windows, Linux, and MacOS)
    • R Studio - a user interface for R that will be needed for computer exercises (download link)

Please let us know if you have trouble installing any of the above software!

Introductory tutorials

  1. When you have successfully installed both R and R Studio, please work through the R Studio Introductory Tutorial to familiarize yourself with the user interface prior to the Clinic.

  2. If you are unfamiliar with or rusty on your understanding of the Binomial Distribution, work through the introductory Binomial Distribution tutorial. You will be glad you did!