Simulation with Rebecca Garabed

Rebecca Garabed, Associate Professor, Dept. of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine

Thursday, July 20, 2017
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
OSU Research Commons
3rd Floor, 18th Ave. Library

Presentation Title: Simulation: Use and Misuse of a Powerful Tool for Research

Simulation studies provide the opportunity to explore interactions between data, analytical methods, and the assumptions on which analysis is based. Simulation can be used to answer research questions that may not otherwise be possible to answer. In this presentation, Rebecca Garabed demonstrates the use of NetLogo, a user-friendly freeware application for conducting simulation studies. Students will learn basic requirements for the conduct of simulation research, and explore possibilities for employing simulation to answer research questions of interest to them.

About Dr. Garabed:

Dr. Garabed’s ongoing research explores the roles of movement, host species, and vectors in the epidemiology of infectious diseases. She and her students explore these ecological issues using field data collection, statistics, and mathematical models of disease in populations. As a practicing veterinarian and veterinary diagnostician, she has extensive experience in handling animals, collecting biological data and samples, and handling and processing samples for later testing by different methods. As an epidemiologist with graduate training in statistics and computer modeling, she has experience in study design and data analysis using many different types of software (Microsoft Excel, SAS, SPSS, R, Matlab, Netlogo). Thus, Dr. Garabed can match the data analysis and software to the level of comfort of the student and push the limits of their abilities without overwhelming them.