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Come join us to learn about the creation of The Atlantic’s The COVID Tracking Project. The discussion will shed light on their data collection process and their methodology for representing inequalities in the pandemic. We’ll learn about accurately portraying and visualizing a crisis through numbers with our speakers:
Jessica Malaty Rivera is an infectious disease epidemiologist and science communicator. She earned her MS in Emerging Infectious Diseases from the Georgetown School of Medicine and has dedicated the last 15 years of her career to disease surveillance research, public health policy, and vaccine advocacy. Her specialty is in translating complex scientific concepts into impactful, judgement-free, and accessible information for a diverse audience. She is currently the Science Communication Lead for The COVID Tracking Project at The Atlantic, a member of the COVID-19 Dispersed Volunteer Research Network and a research affiliate at Boston Children's Hospital Innovation & Digital Health Accelerator.
Kara Schechtman is data quality co-lead for The COVID Tracking Project at The Atlantic. She has a BA in Computer Science & English literature from Columbia University and an MPhil in Philosophy from Trinity College Dublin, where she studied on a George J. Mitchell scholarship. In the fall, she will be beginning an MS in Symbolic Systems at Stanford University through the Knight-Hennessy scholars program, pursuing work at the intersection of data ethics and philosophy of mind.
Peter Walker is the data visualization co-lead for the COVID Tracking Project at The Atlantic. He has been the Head of Marketing & Growth at PublicRelay, a media analytics and intelligence startup, throughout 2020. Following the conclusion of the COVID Tracking Project, he'll be headed to lead a team of marketers and data analysts at Carta.