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University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Department of Mathematics Professor Monique Chyba, and graduate students Corrisa Heyes and Mahshid Bagheri have created a video explaining the contributions mathematics plays in informing decision makers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The goals were to illustrate the importance of data-driven science, articulate the value of collaboration between different fields and highlight the difficulty in predicting possible scenarios related to COVID-19,” Chyba said.

The information is based on research from Chyba, Associate Professor Yuriy Mileyko, and graduate and undergraduate students. The team is working with urban planners and Karl Kim, executive director of the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center at UH.

The video was created for Ka Pilina Noʻeau, a 3-year research project led by Associate Specialist Kiriko Takahashi and Associate Professor Hye Jin Park and their team at the UH Center on Disability Studies. The program will kick off its virtual learning series with Chyba’s presentation “Modeling and Data Driven Prediction for COVID-19” on May 16 at 10 a.m. via Zoom. Ka Pilina Noʻeau is funded by the Native Hawaiian Education Program in the U.S. Department of Education to improve mathematics and science outcomes of K–8th grade students.