UW Graduate School

Jevin West & Carl Bergstrom

Carl Bergstrom and Jevin West

BUNK: The Information Series

  • Assistant Professor, Information School, University of Washington
  • Professor, Department of Biology, University of Washington

November 7, 2018  |   7:30 p.m.
Kane Hall, room 130

  • REGISTRATION CLOSED. This lecture has reached capacity! As a courtesy, the Graduate School will offer standby seating on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 6:45 pm in Kane Hall. Any reserved seats not taken by 7:15 pm will be offered to our guests in the standby line. Please note: standby entrance is based on seat availability and there is no guarantee of admittance to the public lecture.
  • This event is free and open to the public. 

Spotting and Refuting Bullshit

The world is awash in bullshit. Pandering politicians, winking advertisers, startup soothsayers, television “experts”, and even some scientists use the news media to promulgate half-truths, misrepresentations and sometimes outright lies. In this talk, West and Bergstrom will provide a set of tools for combatting this misinformation—with a particular emphasis on data, figures, visualizations and statistics.

About Jevin West

Jevin West is an Assistant Professor in the Information School at the University of Washington and co-founder of the DataLab. Broadly, he works in the area of data science, data reasoning and the science of science. Using millions of papers as his sandbox, he asks questions about the origins of scientific disciplines, the social and economic biases within science that drive these disciplines, and the impact the current publication system has on the health of science. To study these questions, he develops machine learning techniques for mining scientific text, citations, mathematical equations and figures. More details on his research and teaching can be found at jevinwest.org.

About Carl Bergstrom

Carl Bergstrom is a professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Washington, and a member of the External Faculty of the Santa Fe Institute. His research interests range from evolutionary theory to animal communication to bibliometrics to whatever the other members of his group are working on at the moment.

Sponsoring Departments

  • UW Graduate School