ESP Biography



LISA HO, Economics PhD Student at MIT




Major: Economics

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: G

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Past Classes

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Temptation! How Behavioral Economics Can Help You Make Better Choices in Splash 2018 (Nov. 17 - 18, 2018)
Would you rather do your chores today or tomorrow? Ever eat too many cookies, even though you know you'll feel sick afterwards? It turns out psychologists and economists have found a broad set of situations where people want one thing now that they wouldn't want later, and it's possible to study this phenomenon scientifically. In this class, you'll found out what biases you have and how science can help you rein them in.


Election Games in Splash 2016 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2016)
This class mixes mathematics and social science to examine how elections work. We'll describe a couple different mathematical models to understand elections, and we'll simulate some elections to see how well theory fits practice! We will discuss how we think the mathematical models compare to the 2016 U.S. election.


Codes and Cryptography in Spark 2016 (Mar. 12 - 13, 2016)
For Mary Queen of Scots, a broken cipher meant her execution. For the Allies during WWII, a broken Enigma code meant lives saved and war significantly shorter. When you can read your enemies' private communication, you know what they're thinking and what they're planning--and such information is never a bad thing. Come learn how to send messages that your friends won't be able to read--and even better, how to break the secret messages that other people have sent! We'll cover a few different kinds of ciphers, including Caesar shifts, substitution ciphers, and the Vignere cipher. Most of this will take the form of you all working in groups trying to break code; there will be hints if you need them.


Security for the Internet of Things in Splash 2015 (Nov. 21 - 22, 2015)
What do smart lightbulbs, fitness devices, and baby monitors have in common? They're all players in the Internet of Things, the buzzword people are applying to the rise of small, connected devices. Although these devices have the potential to make many everyday objects easier to use, they also open us up to new privacy concerns. This class will talk about the technical difficulties of keeping data from these devices private.


Cheeeeeese please in Spark 2015 (Mar. 14 - 15, 2015)
From fresh and mild to aged and stinky, there are hundreds of types of cheese. Join us as we discuss the history and science of cheesemaking. We'll have a couple of varieties of cheese for you to try as well!


The History and Science of Chocolate in Splash 2014 (Nov. 22 - 23, 2014)
Chocolate is delicious. Where does it come from? How do we get from cocoa beans to delightful squares of chocolate? Take this class to find out! Will include chocolate samples.


Cheese: Theory and Practice in Splash 2014 (Nov. 22 - 23, 2014)
Do you like cheese? Do you want to learn to make it yourself? Then take this class! We'll be making mozzarella and learning about the science behind cheese.


Head in the Clouds in Splash 2014 (Nov. 22 - 23, 2014)
Have you ever wondered how different clouds are formed? Or how to predict the weather based on the clouds you see? In this class, we'll learn about different types of clouds and what weather they signify.


Algo-Rhythms in Splash 2014 (Nov. 22 - 23, 2014)
Musical algorithms


Hands-On Science! in HSSP Spring 2014 (Mar. 01, 2014)
Learn science the right way! Explore concepts in subjects like astronomy, geology, math, and rocketry through hands-on activities and experiments. We'll use materials such as marshmallows, clay, and jelly beans to investigate scientific ideas.


Cryptograms! in Splash! 2013 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2013)
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