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Sherry Towers

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Faculty Research Assoc
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 3901
Faculty Research Assoc
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 3901
Biography

Dr Towers has a diverse background in mathematical and computational modeling, applied statistics, informatics, advanced quantitative methods, high performance computing, and data mining. She has over 360 publications on a wide variety of topics that include applied statistics, and mathematical and computational epidemiology and sociology. Her unique trans-disciplinary skill set enables her to examine a wide range of research questions that are at the forefront of her field, and are often of broad interest and importance to policy makers and the general public. 

Her diverse research interests include modeling the spread of disease in populations, including influenza, MRSA, ebola, and dengue, and also application of contagion models to examine the spread of ideas and social behaviors within a population.

Several of her publications in epidemiology have received widespread media attention, including forecasts for the progression of the 2009 influenza pandemic, and the 2014 ebola epidemic in West Africa.  Both analyses correctly forecast the progression of the epidemics, and her forecast for the 2009 pandemic was discussed in a special US Senate meeting on October 23, 2009 H1N1 Flu: Monitoring the Nation’s response.

Her work in computational sociology has also received international media attention, including an analysis of how media can incite panic in a population, and how contagion may play a role in the temporal patterns observed in mass killings in the US.

Since 2013, she has been a Research Professor with the Simon A. Levin Mathematical and Computational Modeling Sciences Center at Arizona State University.  She also maintains an instructional website at www.sherrytowers.com

Education:

BSc 1991, Simon Fraser University

PhD 2000, Carleton University

MS 2010, Purdue University

Research Interests

Dr Towers has a diverse research program centered in epidemiology, sociology, and applied statistics, with research interests and skills that include:

     Mathematical and computational epidemiology and sociology

     Applied statistics

     Risk management    

     Cost/benefit analysis

     Data mining

     Inverse problems

     Multivariate statistical data analysis

     High performance computing

     Data visualization

     Modeling of complex dynamical systems

     Markov Chain Monte Carlo  

     Stochastic differential equations

     Agent-based modeling

     Non-linear optimization methods

     Software application development and algorithm implementation

Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
AML 592Research
AML 612Appl Math Life&Soc Sci Mod Sem
AML 799Dissertation
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
AML 590Reading and Conference
AML 592Research
AML 790Reading and Conference
AML 799Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
AML 592Research
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
AML 799Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
AML 610Topic Appl Math Life & Soc Sci
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
AML 799Dissertation
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
AML 610Topic Appl Math Life & Soc Sci
AML 792Research