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Mount Shasta professor helps organize speaker series about mapping COVID-19

Skye Kinkade
Mount Shasta Herald
Dr. Cassie Hansen, who teaches at Johns Hopkins University from her home in Mount Shasta, helped coordinate a four-part speaker series which details the cutting-edge geospatial practices used in epidemiology which are being used to map the coronavirus. it is online and free for anyone to attend.

Mount Shasta’s Dr. Cassie Hansen helped to organize a four-part online speaker series, “Mapping a Monster,” about the famous Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Mapping Dashboard, which details the cutting-edge geospatial practices used in epidemiology which are being used to map the coronavirus.

The first part of the series takes place on Wednesday, June 3 at 11 a.m. and is free for anyone to attend.

Hansen is a full-time faculty member at JHU who teaches remotely from her Mount Shasta home.

“The dashboard has been the lifeboat for many countries around the world as the pandemic started to migrate out of China in late January,” Hansen explained. “Maps have been used in epidemiology for hundreds of years and this was a 21st centry approach that had a global impact. So I wanted to get together a panel of speakers to share how they have been using the JHU Dashboard to make critical decisions.”

In part one, industry experts will share experiences and big picture workflows of using geospatial technology to display and analyze COVID-19 data. Speakers include:

• Enhseng (Frank) Dong, PhD Candidate from Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Dashboard Team

• Dr. Este Geraghty, Chief Medical Officer and Health Solutions Director at Esri.

Hansen said in the second part of the series Mount Shasta-based Mountain Medics will be speaking in part three of the series. The other parts will take place on June 17, July 1 and July 15, all online.

So far, more than 1,000 people have registered to attend part one of the event.

To sign up, go to https://bit.ly/302PMW8