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The "D" word: solving for "diversity" on high-tech teams

Date and Time
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Bowen Hall 222

Janet Vertesi
This talk gives an overview of the sociological factors that affect the construction of diverse, high-performing teams. Building on a summary of key issues that affect gender and racial disparities in high-performing occupations, the talk covers the current social science and vocabulary for addressing the problem, as well as strategies for moving forward, avoiding common traps, and protecting performance-based advancement. 

Dubbed “Margaret Mead among the Starfleet” by the Times Literary Supplement, Janet Vertesi is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Princeton University and an expert in the sociology of science, technology, and organizations. Vertesi’s past decade of research, funded by the National Science Foundation, examines how distributed robotic spacecraft teams work together effectively to produce scientific and technical results. Her book Seeing Like a Rover (University of Chicago Press, 2015) describes the collaborative work of the Mars Exploration Rover mission including the people, the images, and the robots who do science on Mars. Vertesi is also a long-time contributor to the Association of Computing Machinery conferences on human-computer interaction and computer-supported cooperative work. She is an advisory board member of the Data and Society institute in New York City and is a member of Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy.

To join the talk, please email seasdiversity@princeton.edu.

This event co-sponsored by School of Engineering and Applied Science and Department of Computer Science.

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