UW School of Dentistry

Keynote Speaker

Combatting Misinformation in Science

Jevin West
Jevin West, PhD
Assistant Professor, Information School, University of Washington

Jevin West is an Assistant Professor in the Information School at the University of Washington and Data Science Fellow at the eScience Institute. Jevin co-founded and co-directs the DataLab, which consists of faculty, students, postdocs and visiting scientists. Jevin is one of the architects of the new data science curricula at UW. With his colleague, Carl Bergstrom, he developed a new course on Calling Bullshit, with the aim of teaching students how to combat misinformation clothed in data, statistics and algorithms. In his research, he develops computer vision techniques for mining scientific figures, recommendation algorithms for navigating the literature, and education data mining methods for predicting student attrition. He asks questions about origins of scientific disciplines, the bias within science that drive these disciplines, and the impact the current publication system has on the health of science. More details can be found at: jevinwest.org.