1. Wolverine Caucus: Child and Family Public Policy – How Can Data and Data Science Help?

    Mark Rivett posted January 13, 2020

    Tuesday, January 28, 2020

    MI Senate Binsfeld Office Building
    5th floor, room 5550, 201 Townsend St, Lansing, MI 48933
    11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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    There are major challenges facing child welfare and juvenile justice systems in the United States. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau, there are over 430,000 children in foster care. According to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), there were approximately 850,000 juvenile arrests and 45,000 juvenile offenders living in residential placements in 2016. Complex family issues, including poverty, unemployment, mental health and the abuse of alcohol and other drugs interfere with important measures of child safety, family stability and the interruption of offending trajectories.

    The Child and Adolescent Data Lab began in 2015, with a mission to harness the power of data to improve outcomes for vulnerable children, adolescents and their families.

    Joseph P. Ryan

    Joseph P. Ryan

    Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work and Faculty Associate, Population Studies Center, ISR

    Joe Ryan’s research and teaching build upon his direct practice experiences with child welfare and juvenile justice populations. Dr. Ryan is the Co-Director of the Child and Adolescent Data Lab an applied research center focused on using data to drive policy and practice decisions in the field. He is currently involved with several studies including a foster care placement prevention study for young children in Michigan (MI Family Demonstration), a study of the educational experiences of youth in foster care (Kellogg Foundation Education and Equity), a randomized clinical trial of recovery coaches for substance abusing parents in Illinois (AODA Demonstration), and a Pay for Success (social impact bonds) study focused on high risk adolescents involved with the Illinois child welfare and juvenile justice system.


  2. Wolverine Caucus: Type 2 Diabetes – A costly disease and a leading cause of death, New Pathways to Preventing and Managing Diabetes

    Mark Rivett posted July 31, 2019

    Tuesday, September 24, 2019

    Mackinac Room, 5th Floor, Anderson House Office Bldg.
    124 N. Capitol Avenue, Lansing, MI 48933
    11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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    It is widely known that diabetes is among the leading causes of death In the United States. And the American Diabetes Association estimated the total costs of diagnosed diabetes have risen to $347 billion in 2017. The financial burden, health resources used and lost productivity associated with diabetes continues to increase.

    In this era of medical breakthroughs, new research suggests that those who have developed type 2 diabetes may actually be able to reverse the disease with weight loss, diet changes and exercise! Over the last 20 years, researchers have developed a more nuanced understanding of the role of dietary fats and carbohydrates in the development of diabetes. New lower cost technologies that provide users easy and accurate continuous glucose monitoring is dramatically changing the way type 2 diabetes is managed, and this bodes well for future prevention of this disease. Please join us for an enlightening discussion with Dr. Caroline Richardson as she provides us insightful research on the prevention and management of type 2 diabetes.

    Dr. Caroline R. Richardson

    Dr. Caroline R. Richardson; Associate Chair for Research Programs

    Dr. Caroline R. Richardson is professor and the Associate Chair of Research in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Michigan. She is also a health services and implementation researcher with a focus on incorporating physical activity promotion into primary care clinical practice for individuals with chronic diseases including diabetes, coronary artery disease, COPD and back pain. Until May 2015, Dr. Richardson was director of the VA Diabetes Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (DM QUERI), a national center that coordinates implementation research related to diabetes care and diabetes prevention nationally at the VA. Dr. Richardson received her B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1986, and an M.D. from Harvard University in 1994. She was also a Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Clinical Scholar at the University of Michigan in 2001.


  3. Wolverine Caucus – Artificial Intelligence (AI): Where Are We, Where Are We Going, and What Should We Be Worrying About?

    Mark Rivett posted March 21, 2019

    Tuesday, April 16, 2019

    Mackinac Room, 5th Floor, Anderson House Office Bldg.
    124 N. Capitol Avenue, Lansing, MI 48933
    11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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    Are you looking forward to driverless vehicles, robots, computers and machines that guide your life? Fasten your seatbelt, for we are headed into the AI age. Recent years have witnessed tremendous progress in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI), with significant impact on the fields of medicine, education, transportation and more. Advances made in AI include everything from machines that can learn and process language, robots that have vision and human-computer interaction, to cars that drive us autonomously. As we look at the current state of AI, and all of the implications for our lives, many wonder what the future holds. Please join us as University of Michigan experts share recent progress in Artificial Intelligence, and give us a road-map to what lies ahead and what we should know.

    rada mihalcea

    Rada Mihalcea, Professor EECS, College of Engineering

    Professor Rada Mihalcea is the Director of the University of Michigan AI Lab and the Language and Information Technologies group (LIT@UMich). Her work focuses on Natural Language Processing, Multimodal Processing, and Computational Social Sciences. Her research portfolio includes areas such as computational sociolinguistics, multimodal sensing and tracking of human behavior, joint modeling of language and vision, multilingual natural language processing, multilingual subjectivity, sentiment, and emotion analysis and computational humor.

    John E. Laird

    John E. Laird, John L. Tishman Professor of Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering

    Professor John E. Laird is the John L. Tishman Professor of Engineering in the Computer Science and Engineering Division of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the UM College of Engineering. He received his B.S. from the University of Michigan in 1975 and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University in 1983. He was a member of the research staff at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center from 1984 to 1986. Since 1986, he has been on the UM faculty. He is the founder of Soar Technology, an Ann Arbor company specializing in creating autonomous AI entities.

    Walter S. Lasecki

    Assistant Professor, University of Michigan
    Director, CROMA Lab
    Computer Science & Engineering, EECS (primary), School of Information

    Walter S. Lasecki is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the UM College of Engineering where he directs the Crowds+Machines (CROMA) Lab. He and his students create interactive intelligent systems that are robust enough to be used in real-world settings by combining both human and machine intelligence to exceed the capabilities of each. These systems help people become more productive, and improve access to the world for people with disabilities. Dr. Lasecki received his Ph.D and M.S. from the University of Rochester in 2015 and a B.S. in Computer Science and Mathematics from Virginia Tech in 2010. He has previously held visiting research positions at Carnegie Mellon University, Stanford, Microsoft Research, and Google[x].


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