2023-24 Distinguished Speaker Series | Dr. Zack Almquist on October 3

Tuesday October 3, 2023
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
ANSO 134
6303 NW Marine Drive, Vancouver

Big and Small Data for Understanding the Demographics and Health of People Experiencing Homelessness in King County

The Department of Sociology is excited to host Dr. Zack W. Almquist for our 2023-24 Distinguished Speaker Series.

Dr. Almquist, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington, will present a lecture titled “Big and Small Data for Understanding the Demographics and Health of People Experiencing Homelessness in King County.”

This event is co-sponsored by the Centre for Computational Social Sciences.


In this talk, I will cover three major projects I am working on to improve measurement of people experiencing homelessness.

(1) Employing network based sampling methods to improve estimating the total number of unsheltered people experiencing homelessness as well as their demographic profile.

(2) A large-scale project to understand the sleep experience of people experiencing homelessness and to help evaluate different sleeping situations (e.g. tiny homes, shelters, tents, etc).

(3) A spatiotemporal analysis of environmental hazard exposures and health risk to people experiencing homelessness in Seattle, Washington through the historical records and databases of REACH Evergreen Treatment Services, the largest unhoused provider in Seattle, WA.

Zack W. Almquist is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, Adjunct Associate Professor of Statistics, and Senior Data Science Fellow at the eScience Institute at the University of Washington.

Before coming to UW in 2020, Prof. Almquist held positions as a Research Scientist at Facebook, Inc and as an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Statistics at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Almquist is a recipient of the American Sociological Association’s Section on Methodology’s Leo Goodman Award. He is also a recipient of the NSF’s CAREER Award and the ARO’s Young Investigator Program Award. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Mathematical Sociology.

His research centers on the development and application of mathematical, computational and statistical methodology to problems and theory of social networks, demography, homelessness, and environmental action and governance.

Find out more about Dr. Almquist here.


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