Berkeley Lab

UC Berkeley Bias Busters Summer Book Club

Josh Sanz, from UC Berkeley Engineering, is hosting a Bias Busters summer book club. The first meeting will be Tuesday June 11 from 12-1:30 pm in Soda Hall, Room 373. Lunch will be provided. Ongoing meetings will be every other Tuesday.

The first ‘reading’ will be to watch part of the recent workshop ‘Wrong at the Root: Racial Bias and the Tension Between Numbers and Words in Non-Internet Data’ that was held at the Simons Institute. Please watch the fourth speaker, Sendhil Mullainathan, and if you have time the first speaker Marzyeh Ghassemi.

Sendhil Mullainathan (University of Chicago): 1:05:20 – 1:19:50

Marzyeh Ghassemi (University of Toronto):     0:00:00 – 0:22:40

Some questions to keep in mind as you watch are:

  • How does the available data impact outcomes and biases?
  • What biases come out in the way humans interpret the data?
  • How does this research affect equitable outcomes in medicine?
  • What changes to medical practice would you suggest based on this research?
  • How does the problem construction affect current practices? How could you change the problem to be more equitable?
  • How could this research help doctors improve patient outcomes?

For more information, contact Josh Sanz: