Michael D. Barnes is a professor of public health and associate dean in the College of Life Sciences at Brigham Young University (BYU). He received his Ph.D. in community health from Southern Illinois University. His research focuses on monitoring socio-behavioral health determinants of substance misuse and emotional wellbeing. It involves applying computational health algorithms to monitor big data and more recently involves a focus on the impact of family health and familial factors on public health problems and policies. During his career, Barnes has co-authored more than 65 original peer-reviewed publications, received funded research proposals totaling more than $1.7 million, and several honors; including BYU’s Wesley P. Lloyd Award “for distinction in graduate education,” SOPHE’s National Public Health Fellow and Health Education Advocate Achievement awards, and NMSU’s Donald C. Roush Excellence in Teaching Award (university level).
Dr. Barnes and his wife Stephanie reside in Provo and have four children and three grandchildren.
Christophe Giraud-Carrier is a professor of computer science and coordinator of the Data Mining Laboratory at Brigham Young University (BYU). Prior to joining BYU, he was Senior Manager at ELCA, a Swiss IT services company, where his responsibilities included the capitalization of Data Mining expertise, responses to tenders and the management of various projects for companies, local governments and NGOs. Prior to this, he was Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Bristol, where he founded and led the Machine Learning Research Group. Dr Giraud-Carrier received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Computer Science at BYU in 1991, 1993 and 1994, respectively.
Dr Giraud-Carrier is the author or co-author of over 100 papers in refereed academic and professional journals and conferences. His research has been funded by industry, national research councils and the European Union. He and his wife Isabelle reside in Orem and have eight children and twelve grandchildren.
Carl L. Hanson is a professor of public health and former chair of the Department of Public Health at Brigham Young University (BYU). Prior to the chair appointment he served as director of BYU’s master of public health program for six years. Prior to joining the faculty at BYU, he spent 11 years as a professor at Montana State University – Billings where he served as chair of the Department of Health and Human Performance and founding dean of the College of Allied Health Professions.
Hanson has authored and co-authored numerous publications and presentations in the areas of computational health science, mental health, and substance abuse and has received over $1.5 million in external grants. He is the recipient of the BYU College of Life Sciences Faculty Distinguished Service Award and the Catherine Summerhays Distinguished Service Award. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in health science from BYU. His doctorate in community health education is from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He and his wife Loraine reside in Spanish Fork and have four children and three grandchildren.
E. Shannon Neeley Tass is an associate professor of statistics at Brigham Young University. She has worked on a variety of problems in applied statistics including applications in proteomics, climate modeling, planetary geology, autism, brain imaging, psychotherapy, foreign aid, and mental health. Dr. Tass received her BS and MS in statistics from Brigham Young University and her PhD in statistics from Rice University in Houston, Texas, during which time she also did research at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. She is the recipient of the 2021 Department of Statistics Data Science fellowship at Brigham Young University and has been instrumental in creating the data science program and several data science classes for the department.
Dr. Tass and her husband Frank live in Orem, Utah.
Bethany Bassett is currently working towards her master's degree in Statistics at BYU. She graduated with her bachelor's degree in Biostatistics and a minor in Mathematics in April 2021. She is interested in medical and health research, and is currently working on research involving suicidal ideation and social media. She has had lots of experience in data science, including working in Data Quality at FamilySearch, and working as a tutor in coding at JuniLearning.
In her free time, Bethany likes to ski, go boating, draw and work on creative projects, as well as spend time with her husband, Brandon, and their extended family.
Katelyn Chapman is a junior in the Computer Science program at BYU. She is interested in using the power of computer science to gain a deeper understanding of the human mind and address pressing issues in society. She is currently researching for BYU's College of Family, Home, & Social Sciences.
In her free time, Katelyn enjoys reading, hiking, dancing, and learning more about her current topics of interest.
Lauren Chapman is a sophomore from St. Louis, Missouri. She will be graduating in April of 2024 with a double major in Economics and Arabic language. She is interested in global health promotion and international health and development, specifically in recognizing socioeconomic disparities in access to healthcare worldwide.
After graduation, Lauren plans on serving a Peace Corps mission and working for the UNRWA in economic development.
Jasmine Elsasser is a junior at BYU studying Public Health with an emphasis in Health Science. She is interested in learning about how the Covid-19 pandemic has influenced suicidal ideation, and hopes to learn more about public health and how important it is.
Jasmine is from central Pennsylvania. Her favorite hobbies include reading and playing the piano.
Joshua Higgins is pursuing a PhD in Machine Learning. His curent research emphasis is in metalearning and how we as humans can learn more about how the machine learning models we know and love (e.g., Neural Networks, Decision Tree, etc.) are learning and how we can leverage this knowledge to further make the learning process applicable and powerful.
Kyle Ke is a senior majoring in statistics who is originally from China. He is interested in machine learning applied to population health, healthcare, and biotech industries. In his free time, he loves to play pick-up basketball and go to all-you-can-eat buffets.
Rachel Walton is a senior from Price Utah. She will be graduating in April of 2022 with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health with an emphasis in Health Promotion. After graduation, she plans on pursuing a Masters' degree in Healthcare Administration.