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Interview: Alex Bentley on Using Widely Available Data to Predict Disease





Researchers with the University of Tennessee used widely available demographic and socio-economic data to predict cases of COVID-19 in US counties. WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper spoke with Anthropology professor Alex Bentley about the research, which could eventually be used to predict the occurrence of any infectious disease.


The Research: 


Early warning of vulnerable counties in a pandemic using socio-economic variables 


Cultural values predict national COVID-19 death rates

Chrissy is WUOT's News Director and host of monthly public affairs talk show Dialogue. Her first job with the station was as weekend student announcer while earning her bachelor's in Anthropology from the University of Tennessee. She has been the station's local host for NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered news programs; occasionally fills in as host for WUOT's Morning and Afternoon Concerts; and has won multiple awards for her interviews, feature stories, and Dialogue.