with Pratima Satish and Zarek Brot-Goldberg
Friday, November 17, 2017 at 6:30 PM at Scarlet City Espresso Bar
Chemistry done with computers
Pratima Satish is a 4th year PhD student in the physical chemistry department at UC Berkeley, researching self-assembly of nanoparticles by understanding how molecules attached to their surfaces behave. Most evenings, you can find her at the gym, where she enjoys working out, but also teaches cardio kickboxing to Cal students. Like all Bay Area people, she also really likes the outdoors.
How to Do Science Without Experimental Control (If You Must)
The word ‘science’ typically conjures up the image of a scientist carefully executing a controlled experiment in a sterile laboratory. However, many important questions cannot be studied in a lab setting. In this talk, we first explore why having experimental control is often considered the gold standard for science. We will then discuss how researchers who cannot run controlled experiments–including economists, epidemiologists, and astronomers–use alternative methods to understand phenomena in their fields.
is a 5th year PhD student in the economics department at UC Berkeley. His research is focused on the economics of health care, including such topics as how people use high-deductible health insurance plans, how hospitals respond to quality incentive programs, and what drives physician referral networks.