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ESP Biography



EVAN BOYLE, Stanford graduate student in genomics




Major: Genetics

College/Employer: Stanford

Year of Graduation: 2019

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Fifth year genetics student seeking success in the field of computational biology.

Ask me about DNA sequencing, programming, or data visualization!



Past Classes

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L7125: Disinformation and rhetoric: when "facts" mislead in Splash Spring 2019 (May. 04 - 05, 2019)
Classic understandings of rhetoric are framed around fact-based discourse, personal authority, and inflamed emotions. However, modern technology has afforded media personalities, politicians and intelligence agents new strategies to persuade the public that often lie outside these understandings. Participation in society now exposes us to a deluge of bewildering rhetoric every day -- whether we like it or not -- including: disingenuous arguments, affirming the consequent and moving the goalposts. Most egregious is the fabrication of evidence to bolster these tactics: disinformation. In this course, we review examples of these rhetorical techniques and discuss how to combat them. Public figures are more visible than ever on screens large and small, but in their shadow, the truth is obscured. If the role of truth in US policymaking is to endure, we need YOU to shine a light!


L6705: Staying afloat with facts in America's media maelstrom in Splash Fall 2018 (Dec. 01 - 02, 2018)
What do Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Buzzfeed and public television have in common? They're now in the news business! In recent years, media organizations have simultaneously undergone rapid proliferation and consolidation. News organizations are subject to clear professional standards set in place by journalists for responsible reporting, but many companies popular today escape easy categorization as traditional news organizations. Can social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter be trusted at all? Is everything reported today just fake news anyway? These are turbulent times for the truth-seeking among us, but we're here to help! Take this class to review quality news-reading habits and jumpstart your civic life as an informed American, and remember: facts never go out of style.


L6386: From fake news to fake video: the end of truth in Splash Spring 2018 (May. 05 - 06, 2018)
The American people are now awash in fake news, currently circulating by social media and online forums. Technology firms have scrambled to combat obviously fake content and have resorted to extreme measures to corral disruptive content that threatens our democratic institutions. But as bitter political infighting risks crowding out the role of facts in American policymaking, an unanticipated development risks unraveling the concept of truth altogether. In 2017, AI researchers demonstrated the feasibility of a new technology: crafting new video from past, public interviews to match arbitrary audio tracks or model poses. Since then, software has broadened access to this technology, and it is only a matter of time before fabricating video of American public figures making incriminating statements or obscene gestures is easily accomplished using a standard desktop computer. If physical evidence can be conjured on the fly, does this mean the end of truth? Take this class to learn about the emergence of fake video and discuss the implications for journalists, political activists, and you!


L6062: Media bias in the information age: the death of journalism in Splash Fall 2017 (Nov. 11 - 12, 2017)
As much as the internet has connected us across vast distances, it has also divided us. As we read increasingly disparate news sources, one thing is certain: attitudes towards important social issues will become more polarized. Does this mean the media must be held accountable to prevent biased coverage? Or are we ultimately responsible for discovering the truth ourselves? Take this class to discuss where media bias today comes from and to practice upholding journalistic standards yourself. When misinformation cannot be contained, it is up to YOU to find the truth.


L5592: Media Bias in the United States: How to Find Truth in a Post-Factual World in Splash Spring 2017 (Apr. 22 - 23, 2017)
Alternative facts. Fake news. Liberal media bias. Enemy of the American People. All of these terms have been used to describe what is reported in the news today. Underlying these accusations is the notion that media, the newspapers, websites and television that provide coverage of current events and social issues, do not accurately report this content. But does media bias truly exist? If it does, where does it come from, and why does it matter? Most importantly, what practices can mitigate media bias, and what can YOU do about it? This class will offer a review of the evidence for media bias in the United States. We will cover simple yet essential strategies that anyone can employ to stay informed, as well as common mistakes that can get in the way of staying objective. Take this class to discuss these issues and learn how YOU can defend truth in a post-factual world.


L5182: Let's get personal: how to supercharge your personal statement in Splash Fall 2016 (Dec. 03 - 04, 2016)
Almost every application requires some form of personal statement. Wondering how to get into the right college? Looking for a competitive job or scholarship? You will need a strong personal narrative that makes the case for YOU to be a serious contender. THAT is the essence of a personal statement. In this class, we review when and why you will need a personal statement. The most important part of the class? You! Come prepared to delve into your own personal narrative as we discuss the ins and outs of crafting a compelling personal statement.


L4569: Crushing College Admissions: The "IT" Factor in Splash Fall 2015 (Nov. 07 - 08, 2015)
How do you get into the college of your choice.. besides a laundry list of good grades, advanced classes, extra curricular activities? In this discussion course we will discuss how to make yourself stand-out from a pool of well rounded applicants. This course is mostly focused on building a unique individual, and will benefit students early in their high school career. *** Disclaimer: The content of the class does not represent or reflect the official views, opinions, or guidelines of Stanford University.


L4296: College and you: how to be a spectacular success in Splash Spring 2015 (Apr. 11 - 12, 2015)
Getting into a good college is widely hailed as critical for success later in life... but why? Is it really true? And what exactly are you supposed to be doing once you get into college anyway? It turns out that there are numerous career paths and student resources available to you regardless of which university you attend. Your success will depend primarily on your ability to navigate these resources and discover what career path suits your passions. Come fill in the details you WON'T hear in high school!


M3886: A Beginner's Guide to the World of Programming in Splash Fall 2014 (Nov. 08 - 09, 2014)
Ever wanted to learn to program but didn't know where to start? In this class we'll break down how to find the resources you need to become proficient at programming (as long as you have your willingness to learn!). We'll briefly introduce key languages such as R, Python, Java, and C, and also discuss the role of Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in delivering high quality instruction in a number of topics to boost the skills of programmers at any level.