Sheila Jasanoff announced as Trust in Science Faculty Lead

October 28, 2020

The Harvard Data Science Initiative is pleased to announce the appointment of Sheila Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Harvard Kennedy School, as Faculty Lead of the HDSI’s Trust in Science project.  Professor Jasanoff is a pioneer in the field of Science and Technology Studies and brings to her role decades of scholarship examining the role of science in society.  She is the author of more than 130 articles or book chapters and is editor or author of more than 15 books on related topics.

“We are delighted that Professor Jasanoff will assume this important role at a time when questions around science, society and trust have an unprecedented urgency”, said Francesca Dominici, Faculty Co-Director of the HDSI. “In bringing together data science and science and technology studies we believe we can explore new and age-old questions through a unique lens, and we look forward to harnessing the incredible energy around this topic to bring new insights to bear on real-world problems.”

Trust in Science is a flagship project of the Harvard Data Science Initiative (HDSI) that leverages data science, science and technology studies, and related disciplines to illuminate the varied factors that currently impede trusting relations between the producers and users of scientific information.  Under Professor Jasanoff’s leadership the Project will be conducted in collaboration with the Harvard Kennedy School's Program on Science, Technology & Society (STS), which Professor Jasanoff also directs. Dr. Sam Weiss Evans, Research Fellow in STS and Research Fellow in HDSI, will assist Professor Jasanoff as Program Coordinator for the Trust in Science project.

The Trust in Science Project supports faculty-led research efforts, workshops, conferences, symposia, and external engagement to amplify the impact of funded work.  To learn more, including about sources of support, please visit https://datascience.harvard.edu/trust-science.
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