Ioannis Pantazis, a Postdoctoral Research Associate in our department, won a $50,000 award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) as the bronze medal recipient in a predictive modeling contest. The contest focuses on the debilitating, mosquito-borne disease known as the chikungunya virus. The goal is to accurately forecast how the disease might spread in the Americas and the Caribbean. DARPA wants to find technologies that U.S. health officials can use to make decisions in the case of an outbreak. The announcement of the award points out that the participants, which include Ioannis, “identified gaps in current forecasting capabilities and created a set of tools that can immediately help improve forecasting and guide response decisions for the current chikungunya outbreak.” Details are given at http://www.darpa.mil/news-events/2015-05-27.

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