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"Wesley College Data Science Research:
Impact of Obesity in Delaware"

Featured Speaker:

Malcolm D'Souza

Malcolm J. D'Souza, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry | Associate Dean of Interdisciplinary/Collaborative Sponsored Research
Wesley College

Malcolm D'Souza Bio

Wesley College

Wesley College is the only institution in the First State that offers informatics as an undergraduate interdisciplinary minor or as a certificate program. Both programs train data scientists.

In an undergraduate public health surveillance system project using open-sourced georeferenced census, health, and health disparity data, my team of researchers found that age and educational attainment were found to be limiting obesity risk-factors in Delaware’s adult population. From 1990-2014 there was a staggering 113% obesity growth-rate in Delaware, and between the census years 2000 and 2010, this obesity growth-rate was 63.7%.

Delaware’s 1999-2014 vital records showed that the mortality rate attributable to obesity for individuals over the age of 15 in 2014 was 53.8% higher than the one observed in 1999. Furthermore, all three Delaware counties saw an increase in death counts brought on by obesity. Kent County experienced the largest increase (66.0%), followed by New Castle County (47.4%), and Sussex County (25.2%).

Dr. D'Souza will discuss this research in his presentation at the Life Science Professionals event.


Thursday, April 6, 2017
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.


Delaware Biotechnology Institute
15 Innovation Way
Newark, DE 19711


$25 for Delaware Bio Members
$45 for Non-Members

No charge - UD Postdoc/Delaware Biotechnology Institute Resident
(Sponsored by DBI)

No charge - UD INBRE Students/Alumni
(Sponsored by Delaware INBRE)

Registration fee includes:
Hors d'oeuvres & one free beverage.
Cash bar will also be available.

Who should attend?

Life science professionals who are interested in expanding their network, and learning from a respected researcher and educator about a public health issue in Delaware.

What to expect?

The Life Science Professionals events bring together scientists, engineers, healthcare professionals, postdocs, and attorneys, from industry and academia, to provide an opportunity for quality networking with peers and mentors.

NEW: Attorneys with a science background are welcome to attend the Life Science Professionals!

MUST be a scientist, engineer, healthcare professional, postdoc, or attorney with a science background to attend

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Deadline to Register: Friday, March 31, 2017

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