Alden Conner (she/her) Research Application Manager
The Alan Turing Institute
What does your job actually entail?
On a normal day I might brainstorm with my team about how to best help a research group maximise impact and use their research to answer-real world questions, or I might meet with researchers to learn about their work so that I can think about what they need in order to reach external stakeholders effectively. I will also join regular project meetings for research teams where I am embedded in the team to work on stakeholder outreach and training. My team’s website describes some of the outputs we’ve worked on.
When not at work you can be found...
Cooking or baking at home, riding my horse, or traveling to visit friends and family or to see a new place!
Why did you join the DSxHE community?
I want to learn more about health equity and connect with others in the field. I recently moved to the UK and there are some many great people and organisations in this space who I am eager to work with.
What’s your interest in data science and/or health equity?
My academic background is in biology, and my career has recently brought me to the ATI so I am relatively new to data science, but big data is transforming research in both basic biology and health and I think it’s so important to consider equity from day 1 when designing new data science research projects.
What’s a recent article/book/video/blog/event you’ve come across on data science and/or health equity that you found interesting and why?
This talk on human-centred design in research was really interesting! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hScYp5kl9Y8
What is your go-to karaoke song?
Build Me Up Buttercup by the Temptations
What dish do you cook best?
A multi-layer birthday cake
What secret about the universe would you most want to learn?
When it’s going to end and how