Why won’t people listen to data?

Speaker: Evan Peck , Bucknell University

Date: Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Note: all times are in the Eastern Time Zone

Public: Yes

Location: Seminar Room D463 (Star)

Event Type: Seminar

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Host: Arvind Satyanarayan, CSAIL MIT

Contact: Cynthia Rosenthal, crosenth@csail.mit.edu

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Reminder Subject: TALK: Why won’t people listen to data?

Data communication has fallen short in promoting behavior change at a scale needed to confront societal challenges, whether it is encouraging vaccination or demonstrating the urgency of climate change. Why?

In this talk, I reflect on my personal reckoning with this question through research, shifting from evaluating brain-computer interfaces for intelligent information delivery in the lab to conducting qualitative interviews probing beliefs and perceptions about data in rural Pennsylvania. As the nature of my research has changed, I share how my own beliefs (and misconceptions) about solutions have also changed, beginning with complex tech-centric approaches and ending with interventions in Computer Science education.

I propose that reorienting the habits and processes of our CS students is a necessary step to designing impactful data communication, and describe a reimagined introductory course that tightly couples social responsibility with core CS learning objectives.

Evan Peck is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Bucknell University, and a Visiting Scientist in MIT’s Visualization Group (until 08/2022). Evan’s research sits at the intersection of Human-Computer Interaction and Information Visualization, and considers how data visualization can empower more diverse communities to engage with data. His work integrating social responsibility into CS curriculum has been broadly adopted by both higher ed and secondary education instructors (https://ethicalcs.github.io/). He is a co-organizer of Visualization for Social Good (https://vis4good.github.io/), recently completed two years on ACM SIGCHI’s Research Ethics committee, and broadly advocates for undergraduate research and teaching. Evan completed his CS Ph.D. in 2014 with Rob Jacob in the Human-Computer Interaction Lab at Tufts University, where he worked on implicit brain-computer interfaces.

For those who might wish to attend remotely, the seminar will also be on Zoom: https://mit.zoom.us/j/99380597911.

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Created by Cynthia Rosenthal Email at Friday, September 17, 2021 at 10:40 AM.