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Last CDWG Meeting






Peter D. Smits, Senior Applied Scientist, Truveta


Bio Peter D. Smits is a Senior Applied Scientist at Truveta, a healthcare data startup based in Seattle. He was previously at Amazon’s Advertising division (2020-2021). He holds a PhD from the Committee on Evolutionary Biology, University of Chicago (2017), and was a postdoc at UC Berkeley in Integrative Biology (2017-2019). His training is in paleobiology and macroevolutionary biology; his academic work focused on analyzing macroevolutionary and macroecological patterns in the fossil record.



Jessica Godwin, PDL


Jon Agnone, Director of People Analytics, Tableau


Bio Jon Agnone, PhD., is Tableau’s Director of People Analytics. Serving previously as Senior Manager and lead Data Scientist in People Analytics with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for nearly 7 years, Jon helped build out and mature the function over his tenure. Jon is currently an affiliate assistant professor with the University of Washington’s Department of Sociology, faculty associate with the University of Washington’s Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies, affiliate faculty at the University of Washington’s eScience Institute, and executive director and co-founder of the Northwest Social Research Group.

Ihsan Kahveci, University of Washington. Talking about the Jab - Medical Professionals Expressions of Vaccine Hesitancy Online.


Ihsan Kahveci is a PhD student in Sociology at UW and is a fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research this fall. Abstract Medical doctors and nurses are one of the most important resources for vaccine information for the American public. When deciding whether or not to get vaccinated people look to medical professionals; they discuss care decisions with medical providers and they look to the opinions that medical professionals post online.

Nicholas Irons, University of Washington. Estimating SARS-CoV-2 infections from deaths, confirmed cases, tests, and random surveys.


Paper Bio Nicholas J. Irons is a PhD student in the Department of Statistics at the University of Washington. His work applies Bayesian statistics to study the social, economic, and health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Abstract The novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 has infected over 33 million people in the United States. Nationwide, over 600,000 have died in the COVID-19 pandemic, which has necessitated shutdowns of schools and sectors of the economy.

Welcome to CDWG


The first meeting of CDWG will be used to introduce its members and kick of Fall quarter CDWG. A general discussion of the goals of the group as well as upcoming topics in brown bag, professional development, research talks and workshops will be discussed.