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Encoding Values: Exploring Connections Between Cultural Norms and Scientific Research

Thursday, August 27 | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Virtual Event

Education, Engineering & Race Seminar Series:

The McKelvey School of Engineering will host a series of events discussing race and STEM education. 

Brian Jefferson will present "Encoding Values: Exploring Connections Between Cultural Norms and Scientific Research"

All seminars will be followed by 30 minutes of moderated breakout groups.

Register here: https://wustl.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4UwAPNqllQnlozj


Encoding Values explores the relation between shared values and STEM research. In specific, the talk will discuss how cultural norms and public policies influence what scientific questions are asked – and what questions are not asked. During the talk and break out discussions we will consider the implications of this intersection for wider issues related to race and STEM fields. In doing so Encoding Values invites deeper discussion with McKelvey student and faculty to explore interactions between values, policy, and scientific research at Washington University.

Event Type



McKelvey School of Engineering


Science & Technology

Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science & Engineering, Electrical & Systems Engineering, Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science
Event Contact

Tammy Haney

Speaker Information

Brian Jefferson, PhD, is Associate Professor of Geography and Geographic InfoSci, O’Connell Scholar,
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Affiliate, Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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