President's Opening Plenary Session

Thursday, November 14
10:00 to 11:30 a.m. 

Christakis NicholasNicholas A. Christakis, MD, PhD, MPH, is a social scientist and physician whose lab explores human nature.  He is the Co-Director of the Yale Institute for Network Science. Using experiments involving many thousands of people in online networks, in developing world villages, and in for-profit firms, his group has demonstrated how social connections shape our health, wealth, productivity, and security. His startling findings present intriguing new evidence that our real-life social networks shape virtually every aspect of our lives.

By applying what Dr. Christakis has uncovered about the mechanics of social networks, organizations and businesses gain useful—and profitable—insights into the behavior of their employees, customers and partners. Named one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World" by Time Magazine, Dr. Christakis has also made Foreign Policy’s "Top 100 Global Thinkers." list.  

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