Meet a TReNDS Expert: Molly Jahn
Written by TReNDS Staff
In the Meet TReNDS series, we introduce you to TReNDS' experts, staff, and friends–leading individuals and organizations in the broader data for development community.
TReNDS expert Molly Jahn, Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Molly Jahn is a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she holds appointments in the Department of Agronomy, the Global Health Institute and the Nelson Institute, having served as the 12th Dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and Director of the Wisconsin Experiment Station. She is an Adjunct Senior Research Scientist at Columbia University and Guest Scientist at Los Alamos National Lab. She served as Under Secretary of Research, Education and Economics at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the first Obama administration.
TReNDS Staff: In your career, what area of data for development have you primarily focused on?
Molly Jahn: Generation, validation and curation of research data, federal statistics
What emerging area of data for development are you most eager to tackle in your own work?
Fusion approaches with incomplete physical and virtual information
What emerging area of data for development are you most eager to see addressed by the community at large?
The use of data and statistics to provide real time reflections of movement toward the SDGs
What is the most interesting use of data you’ve seen?
[In a recent paper,] machine learning applied to crop models to abstract testable hypotheses regarding the underlying physiological processes
What are you most eager to engage in with TReNDS?
New ways of describing risk formally, based on the challenge posed by the GAR 19