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Fishing expeditions can catch fish

Casey S. Greene
Casey S. Greene
Speaker Name: 
Casey S. Greene, PhD
Speaker Title: 
Assistant Professor of Systems Pharmacology; Director, Childhood Cancer Data Lab at Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation
Speaker Organization: 
University of Pennsylvania
Start Time: 
Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 11:00am
End Time: 
Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 12:00pm
E2 - Room 599
Josh Stuart

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Our understanding of the world, and specific maladies, improves when scientists metaphorically go fishing. However, the term "fishing expedition" is primarily used as a pejorative when applied to scientific projects. I'll provide my perspective on why science could become more accurate and efficient once we rescue this term. Scientific fishing expeditions are valuable because they can take research in new directions. Looking at other people’s data can provide researchers with a new perspective on their area of study. But analyzing individual experiments from other labs is difficult. Instead of single datasets, our lab builds "nets" that we and other scientists can use to go fishing in large collections of public data comprised of many experiments. We've put these to the test on a few recent expeditions, and I'll share one or two stories from our own work. Finally, I'll discuss why I think large collections of public data are a uniquely valuable resource for the process of scientific discovery.

Talk followed by Meet & Greet Pizza luncheon from 12:00 - 1:00 PM, E2-599