And so on, and so forth. Fun, in a nerdy way.
After the last presentation, not far from the mini egg rolls, I asked John Levy about the SIDS-climate change connection. Is it causation or correlation? And isn't SIDS mostly about infants that tragically incur blocked airways when they sleep on their stomachs? Levy acknowledged that public health epidemiology is hard, but insisted that studies have teased out variables such as sleeping position and found a link between the adverse conditions of urban heat islands and SIDS. A key contributing factor: people living in urban heat islands often have inadequate air conditioning to beat the heat. So, I wonder, perhaps more AC could reduce the incidence of SIDS. And, ironically, contribute to climate change if those AC units are powered by fossil fuels. Oh my, it's never easy.
Way to go, BU, for tackling these crucial issues. And pouring out your research, on tap.