Speaker: Dr. Hannah Rubin, assistant professor at Notre Dame.
Philosophers of science and social scientists have argued that diverse perspectives, methods, and background assumptions are critical to the progress of science. One way to achieve such diversity is to ensure that a scientific community is made up of individuals from diverse personal backgrounds, but in many disciplines minority groups are underrepresented.
Rubin will discuss her joint work with Cailin O’Connor where they provide agent-based models to show that small minority groups may be more likely to be discriminated against while collaborating solely by virtue of their small numbers, and this discrimination can lead members of different social groups to mostly collaborate with in-group members. Additional work with Mike Schneider and Cailin O’Connor shows how this formal framework can provide a platform to discuss the potential efficacy of various types of initiatives aimed at improving the diversity of collaborative groups.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Behrakis Health Sciences Center, Northeastern University, 315