October 16, 2019
Four Seasons Houston
Yale Explores kicked off its first programs of the 2019-20 academic year with a busy week, bringing its themes of collaboration, connection, and interdisciplinary learning to stops in Chicago (October 14), Houston (October 16), and Denver (October 18). Yale Explores launched in the spring of 2018 and has now traveled to nine locations. At each stop, the program has highlighted the benefits and necessity of interdisciplinary study and research, all while bringing a piece of Yale to alumni, family, and friends around the country. In all, more than 750 members of the Yale family turned out for the three-city tour this fall.
The vital importance of interdisciplinary study permeated the Houston panel discussion, held at the Four Seasons Houston, with professors Elisa Celis (statistics and data science), Alan Gerber ’86 (political science), and Harlan Krumholz ’80 (medicine) sitting down with President Peter Salovey ’86 Ph.D. to discuss how data and data science are transforming our lives. “With the dramatic growth in computational power over the last several decades, we not only collect a lot of data, but we can put them to use,” said Salovey. “Your internet searches and the recommendations you receive from online businesses are all based on the data you supply. So, it is vital for us to understand how data and algorithms can be used. This isn’t just a problem for computer scientists. We need knowledge and wisdom from multiple disciplines to ensure that advances in data science will benefit our well-being and strengthen our society.”
Peter Salovey ’86 Ph.D.
President and Chris Argyris Professor of Psychology
Assistant Professor of Statistics and Data Science
Alan Gerber ’86, P ’19, P ’20
Dean of Social Science
Charles C. and Dorathea S. Dilley Professor of Political Science
Professor of Economics and of Public Health
Harlan Krumholz ’80, P ’12, P ’17
Harold H. Hines, Jr. Professor of Medicine
Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health