9/18/14 2014 Polical Science Department faculty and staff.

Brian Min

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Brian Min, PhD, is Associate Professor of Political Science in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Prof. Min holds secondary appointments as Research Associate Professor in the Center for Political Studies and the Institute for Social Research.

Prof. Min studies the political economy of development with an emphasis on distributive politics, public goods provision, and energy politics. His research uses high-resolution satellite imagery to study the distribution of electricity across and within the developing world. He has collaborated closely with the World Bank using satellite technologies and statistical algorithms to monitor electricity access in India and Africa, including the creation of a web platform to visualize twenty years of change in light output for every village in India (http://nightlights.io).




Mark Peterson

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Research in my lab occurs within a multidisciplinary and translational space that promotes greater understanding of issues in public health, clinical rehabilitation, human performance, and physiology. My specific research interests have been devoted to physical activity epidemiology and behavioral interventions for the treatment/prevention of obesity and related cardiometabolic diseases, frailty, functional motor declines, and early mortality. Although predictive models based on healthy cohorts have a certain degree of generalizability, it is necessary to better understand populations at heightened risk. Our current and future research efforts are therefore directed at understanding and identifying precision strategies to prevent metabolic dysregulation and secondary musculoskeletal pathology among children and adults with neuromuscular impairments, as well as a variety of frailty syndromes. Our primary data collection occurs through typical clinical and basic laboratory studies, high throughput imaging, and remote sensing/tracking of human movement and various biomarkers. Numerous secondary, large-data analysis efforts are also incorporated for epidemiologic studies utilizing nationally-representative samples.


Data science applications: Connecting statistical models and disease data; design of behavioral interventions with remote sensing and messaging; understanding pediatric cardiometabolic and muscle health; sports analytics and human performance; population-based epidemiology/surveillance; secondary disease disparities among acquired and chronic frailty syndromes

Normalized strength growth percentile curves with polynomials for men (A) and women (B) from quantile regression (Peterson and Krishnan, 2015).

Normalized strength growth percentile curves with polynomials for men (A) and women (B) from quantile regression (Peterson and Krishnan, 2015).


Daniel Brown

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Research interests focus on land use change and its effects on ecosystems and on human vulnerability. This work connects simulation (e.g., agent-based modeling) of land-use-change processes with GIS and remote sensing based data on historical patterns of landscape change and social surveys. We are also working to understand the ways in which land-use decisions are made and to evaluate consequences of change.