The Method: Tracking Disease Using Social Media And Exploring The Teenage Body Clock

Aug 29, 2014

Credit Ed Yourdon

In this edition of The Method:

You might use social media to tell your friends what you had for lunch, or share photos of your dog. But scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are using social media and other datasets to track infectious and chronic diseases. WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper spoke with Laura Pullum, a senior researcher working on this effort.

Plus: August means back to school. For many parents, it also means early mornings and cranky teens. But before you give your teenager a lecture about sleep, you ought to know sleepiness isn’t about sloth. It’s about biology. Sleep researcher Theresa Lee, dean of the University of Tennessee College of Arts and Sciences, offers a commentary.