Women In Science Project (WISP) Intern, Grace Sherrill, presents her work at the 26th Annual Karen E. Wetterhahn Symposium

The GeoInformatics Collaboratory hosted their second Women In Science Project (WISP) intern during the 2017 Dartmouth Winter and Spring Terms.
The WISP internship is designed to introduce first year Dartmouth students to ongoing research activities in order to foster a lifelong engagement in the Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Under the mentorship of Dr. Tracy Onega, Jennifer Alford-Teaster, Craig Ganoe, John Higgins, and Dr. Erika Moen, Ms. Sherrill joined the team in developing an approach to integrate geospatial and social network analyses methods.

Ms. Sherrill began her 2017 internship developing an annotated bibliography in order to ground her efforts in the conceptual and technical understanding of the work. In the second phase of the internship, Ms. Sherrill transitioned into the technical work of creating a physician referral network as well as drafting a geospatial origin-destination matrix of the physician referral network.

Additionally, Ms. Sherrill’s internship included supplementary skills necessary when working in a high-paced health research environment: coaching for effective project management, exposure to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) data request utilizing an honest data broker and effective communication across distributed work environments.

Ms. Sherrill presented her work titled Health Network Visualization: Utilizing Geospatial and Social Network Analyses to Understanding Cancer Service Areas at the 26th Annual Karen E. Wetterhahn Symposium in the Life Sciences Building at Dartmouth College on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017. We couldn't be more proud of her work and consider her a deeply respected member of our team!

Ms. Sherrill is wrapping up her first year at Dartmouth and is hoping to major in Quantitative Social Science. This summer, she will participate in the Dartmouth Center for Service Boston Community Health Program as an intern at The Boston Living Center. She is excited to bring the skills she gained in this project to her next experience.

To learn more about the WISP program, please visit: http://students.dartmouth.edu/wisp/

About Dr. Tracy Onega, PhD, MA, MS
Tracy Onega is an associate professor, and interim division director, of biomedical data science in the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College. She focuses on population-based approaches to optimizing how cancer care resources are allocated across populations and how the spatial distribution of services can impact treatment and outcomes. With a background in geography and health informatics, her major interests focus on access to cancer care, including screening, treatment, and surveillance; how where care is received influences treatment and outcomes; and how geoinformatics can lead to better use of healthcare resources.

About Jenn Alford-Teaster, MA, MPH
Jennifer Alford-Teaster is a geospatial research project director in the Department of Biomedical Data Science at Dartmouth College.

About Craig Ganoe, MS
Craig Ganoe is a Research Scientist with the ic3d Informatics Collaboratory in the Department of Biomedical Data Science of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.

About John Higgins, MS
John Higgins is an Honest Data Broker skilled in the retrieval and management of protected health information (PHI).

About Dr. Erika Moen, PhD
Erika Moen is a Post-Doctoral fellow in the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (TDI). Her research focuses on applying social network methods to health services research. She has experience constructing physician networks in cardiovascular and cancer care using administrative data on patient-sharing between physicians.

About The Department of Biomedical Data Science