Full list of accepted talks

Panels 2020

The following panels are a work in progress; they will be updated with additional talks as they are finalized, moderators, abstracts, and full co-author lists.


The 2020 Census

“The Child Opportunity Index 2.0: A New Index of Neighborhood Opportunity for All US Neighborhoods,” Clemens Noelke, Research Director, Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University

“What You Need to Know about Differential Privacy and the 2020 Census: Tradeoffs and Real-World Implications,” Cliff Cook, Senior Planning Information Manager, City of Cambridge Community Development Department

“US census data, differential privacy, and spatial uncertainty: implications for using census tract data to quantify health inequities,” Nancy Krieger, PhD, Professor of Social Epidemiology, American Cancer Society Clinical Research Professor, Department of Social and Behavior Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


Two Bostons

“Boston’s Invisible Borders,” Esteban Moro, Visiting Professor, Media Lab Human Dynamics Group and Institute for Data, Systems, and Society, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

“Perceived Racially-profiled Police Stops and Persistent Sadness and Anxiety: Findings from the 2015 and 2017 Boston Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System,” Johnna S. Murphy, MPH, Boston Public Health Commission

“Financial Well-being of Low-income Residents: An Analysis of the BEACON Survey,” Jason Ewas, Senior Policy Manager, Commonwealth

“The Neighborhood Migration Mapper: Small-Area Moving Rates for Communities across Massachusetts,” Madeleine Daepp, NSF Graduate Research Fellow, MIT


Supporting the Vulnerable Few

“Typologies of Crime and Disorder at the Property level in Boston, MA,” Alina Ristea, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Boston Area Research Initiative

“Patterns of emergency shelter use in Boston, 2018: Identifying different groups of individuals experiencing homelessness,” Eline van Es, Boston Public Health Commission

“Health Behaviors and Health Outcomes of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Adults in Boston: Findings from the 2010-2017 Boston Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System,” Darien E. Mather, MPH, Boston Public Health Commission


Cross-Municipal Collaboration

“Impact of Aging Populations on Municipal EMS Services and Costs in Massachusetts,” Michael Ward, University of Massachusetts, Boston

“Coalition mapping to promote mental health and racial equity,” Min Ma, MXM Consulting

“Creative Community Partnerships for Better School Data Management: A Recent Case Example,” Emily Wilson, PhD, MPH, MS, CHES, Essex County Learning Community (ECLC)

“Getting Students Civically Engaged Through Project-Based Teaching and Learning,” Emily Robbins, BU Initiative on Cities



“For the Community by the Community: Fostering Local Partnerships to Create Meaningful Forum Discussions,” Emily Hostetler, Boston Museum of Science

“Bus Amenities Allocation Decision-Assistance Tool,” Violet Lingenfelter, Northeastern University

“Youth and City Hall: Using Human-Centered Design to Support Civic Action in Boston Public Schools,” Tia Thomson, Northeastern University

“Empowering Community Based Organizations to Utilize Data for Program Monitoring and Evaluation,” Sarah Goan, Data Innovation Project, Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy, University of Southern Maine


Equity in Education

“Expanding Student Opportunity in Massachusetts through Equitable Education Aid,” James D. Sutherland, PhD, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce

“Finding Your Child a Great-Fit School,” Latoya Gayle, Boston School Finder

Kids Today: Boston’s Declining Child Population and Its Effect on School Enrollment,” Peter Ciurczak, Boston Indicators, The Boston Foundation


Supporting Greater Boston’s Youth

“When schools call on police: Boston police involvement in behavioral health crises in Boston Public Schools,” Jennifer Greif Green, Boston University

“BPS Comprehensive Behavioral Health Model,” Jill Battal, Boston Public Schools

“The State of Early Education and Care in Boston: Examining a Cross-Agency Data Collaboration,” Fernanda Q. Campbell, Boston Opportunity Agenda

“The Massachusetts Post-Secondary Early Warning Indicator System,” Nyal Fuentes, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education


Solving Boston’s Traffic Crisis

“An app for safer driving: Driving behavior change through self-reflection,” Yifan Lu, City of Boston Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics

“Measuring the benefits of bus transit priority for riders,” Philip Groth, MBTA

“Creating a Road Map of ‘Busable Streets’,” Julianna Horiuchi, Spatial Analysis Assistant, MBTA

“First Miles: Examining 18 Months of Dockless Bikeshare in Metro Boston,” Timothy Reardon, MAPC



“Developing a Regional Housing Submarket Typology for Greater Boston,” Seleeke Flingai, MAPC

“TODEX: A Transit-Oriented Development Explorer,” Tom Hopper, Massachusetts Housing Partnership

“Community Housing Data Tool: Sharing Data through a Community-Driven Approach,” Soojin Conover, Vital Village Network at Boston Medical Center

“The Politics & Practice of Non-Local Control in Urban Rental Markets,” Nicholas J. Henninger, Boston University



“Mapping climate change exposure, sensitivity, and adaptive capacity in the metropolitan Boston region,” Caitlin Spense, MAPC

“Wicked Hot Boston: Engaging communities in assessing and building resilience to extreme heat through science-to-civics,” David Sittenfeld, Boston Museum of Science

“Partnering PhD Students with Stakeholders to Tackle Urban Environmental Challenges,” Evan Kuras, Boston University

“Tools and Data Sets for Local Decarbonization Strategies,” Michael Walsh, Cadmus / Boston University



“Using Data from the Massachusetts Vehicle Census (MAVC) to Estimate Municipal Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Transportation,” Conor Gately, MAPC

“Mapping Environmental Conditions Experienced by Riders of the T at High Resolution,” Edgar Castro, Northeastern University

“Quantifying the health impacts of eliminating air pollution emissions in the City of Boston,” Matthew Raifman, Boston University

“A Co-Simulated Energy and Indoor Air Quality Housing Model to Inform Decisions for Retrofits and Health,” Catherine L. Connolly, Boston University


Combating the Opioid Epidemic

“Developing New Tools to Fight the Opioid Epidemic,” Ben Struhl, Northeastern University

“Reduce the Supply of Opioids through a Community Health Center Buyback Program,” Alicia Sasser Modestino, Northeastern University