Graphs as Poetry - Dr. Howard Wainer

Mon, Mar 25 2019 - 2:30pm to 3:45pm
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Furcolo Hall Room: W201

Visual displays of empirical information are too often thought to be just compact summaries that, at their best, can clarify a muddled situation. This is partially true, as far as it goes, but it omits the magic.  We have long known that data visualization is an alchemist that can make good scientists great and transform great scientists into giants.   In this talk we will see that sometimes, albeit too rarely, the combination of critical questions addressed by important data and illuminated by evocative displays can achieve a transcendent, and often wholly unexpected, result. At their best, visualizations can communicate emotions and feelings in addition to cold, hard facts. 

Howard Wainer:

Principal Research Scientist, Emeritus, Educational Testing Service

Distinguished Research Scientist, Emeritus, National Board of Medical Examiners

 

Bio:

Dr. Wainer received his Ph. D. from Princeton University in 1968. His work experience includes serving on the faculty of the University of Chicago, working at the Bureau of Social Science Research during the Carter Administration, 21 years as Principal Research Scientist in the Research Statistics Group at Educational Testing Service, and 15 years as the Distinguished Research Scientist at the National Board of Medical Examiners. Dr. Wainer has a long-standing interest in the use of graphical methods for data analysis and communication, robust statistical methodology, and the development and application of generalizations of item response theory. His work on testlet response theory has combined all three. His latest book is Truth or Truthiness: Distinguishing Fact from Fiction by Learning to Think like a Data Scientist, that was published by Cambridge University Press in 2016 and was named “top 6 books of 2016 by the Financial Times of London. He is currently writing a history of statistical graphics in collaboration with Michael Friendly. It is tentatively entitled A Gleam in the Mind's Eye: Visual Discovery and the Rise of Data Visualization and is scheduled to be published by Harvard University Press in April of 2020.

Dr. Wainer was elected a Fellow in the American Statistical Association in 1985 and a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association in 2009. He was awarded the Educational Testing Service's Senior Scientist Award in 1990 and selected for the Lady Davis Prize and was named the Schonbrun Visiting Professor at the Hebrew University in 1992. He received the 2006 National Council on Measurement in Education Award for Scientific Contribution to a Field of Educational Measurement for his development of Testlet Response Theory and given NCME’s career achievement award in 2007, and he received the Samuel J. Messick Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award from Division 5 of the American Psychological Association in 2009, the Career Achievement Award from the Psychometric Society in 2013, and the ACT/AERA E. F. Lindquist Award for Outstanding Research in Testing & Measurement, 2015. He was included in Who’s Who in America, 2009 through 2017, as well as Who’s Who in the World in 2010 through 2017.  Since 1990 he has written a popular column on data visualization in the statistics magazine Chance.  He also swam the English Channel. 

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George Church "Multiplexing Technologies for Virology, Immunology..."

Mon, Mar 25 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Location: 
Integrative Learning Center Room: S331
Kaulenas

George Church, Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School, will present the 2019 Kaulenas Lecture.

The title of his talk is: Multiplexing Technologies for Virology, Immunology & Developmental Biology.

Professor Church has co-authored more than 500 papers, 143 patent publications & the book Regenesis.  He is the Director of  PersonalGenomes.org, which provides the world's only open-access information on human Genomic, Environmental & Trait data (GET). His 1984 Harvard PhD included the first methods for direct genome sequencing, molecular multiplexing & barcoding. These led to the first genome sequence (pathogen, Helicobacter pylori) in  1994.  His innovations have contributed to nearly all "next generation" DNA sequencing methods and companies (CGI-BGI, Life, Illumina, Nanopore). This plus his lab's work on chip-DNA-synthesis, gene editing and stem cell engineering resulted in founding additional application-based companies spanning fields of medical diagnostics & synthetic biology / therapeutics.  His honors include election to NAS & NAE & Franklin Bower Laureate for Achievement in Science.

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Framework for Strategic Recruitment of African American Men into Teaching

Tue, Mar 26 2019 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
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Furcolo Hall Room: 101
Framework

Alarmingly, African American male teachers constitute only 1% of the K-12 teaching force and approximately 2% of those enrolled in the 1,300 teacher preparation programs across the United States. In this seminar, Dr. Chance Lewis (University of North Carolina, Charlotte | College of Education) provides a new framework to recruit African American males into teacher education programs in a similar fashion as they are recruited to play major collegiate sports. The framework presented challenges teacher education programs to become more active in recruiting African American males into the teaching profession.

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Dr. Lewis is the Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor of Urban Education and serves as Director of The Urban Education Collaborative at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He leads the urban concentration of the Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction. Dr. Lewis' special areas of interests are academic achievement of students of color in K-12 settings, recruitment and retention of Black male teachers and urban education. Dr. Lewis has over 100 refereed publications and over $6 million in external research funding.

This event is sponsored by the ISSR Scholars Program, promoting successful research and grants development for social science faculty across the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Dr. Lewis visits UMass to collaborate with ISSR Scholar Chrystal A George Mwangi. Dr. Lewis' talk is co-sponsored by the College of Education Center for Student Success Research, Departments of Educational Policy, Research, and Administration, Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies and Teacher Education & School Improvement Concentration, and by the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at UMass Amherst.

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Climate Displacement - A Second Chance to Get it Right

Tue, Mar 26 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
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Integrative Learning Center Room: S131
Climate Displacement

Climate Displacement - A Second Chance to Get it Right, by Kristina Peterson, Ph.D., Lowlander Center, Gray, Louisiana,

The displacement of  population, be it small towns, Tribes or communities within cities does not have to follow old models of urban renewal and gentrification or even some of the trendier models for the well healed.  Communities  have an opportunity to take control of what their future can be and dream big, not replicating inequities of resources, injustices of services or diminished qualities that contribute to ill health and wellbeing.   What have we learned from civil rights, disaster mitigation and green sustainable practices has to blend  itself into visioning a society of justice and wellbeing for all its members not just a few. Climate  displacement might be that opportunity to change the course. 

 

Kristina J. Peterson, Ph.D (Anthropology), is Facilitator- Director of the Lowlander Center in Gray, Louisiana (https://www.lowlandercenter.org).  She conducts research with community members on historic and contemporary efforts of successful community resilience, and   helps create safe venues for participation and discourse on coastal issues with and for traditional and indigenous high-risk coastal communities in Southeast Louisiana. Peterson coordinated a N.O.A.A. resiliency project in the Jean Lafitte region and was the project coordinator of a grassroots planning engagement effort in Plaquemines Parish funded through the Greater New Orleans Foundation targeting traditionally excluded populations.  Current work includes the radical adaptation needed in the climate crisis.  The efforts have resulted in an award by the HUD-NDRC for the resettlement vision of Isle de Jean Charles Tribe and is continuing under a NAS grant to assure the community is in control of its own vision.  Work also includes the development of Louisiana Universities Resilient Architectural Consortium (LURAC) to help students learn broad measures of mitigation and inclusion for a more resilient Louisiana.  Through the partnering with other organizations, Lowlander is on the front edge of displacement, relocation/resettlement issues including the justice of those areas that are potential receivers of displaced populations. 

Note: for more on the Isle de Jean Charles Tribal resettlement, see https://www.desmogblog.com/2019/01/11/isle-de-jean-charles-tribe-turns-down-funds-relocate-climate-refugees-louisiana

Co-sponsored by the Departments of History, Political Science, Resource Economics, Environmental Conservation, and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies; the School of Public Policy and the School of Earth and Sustainability; and the Institute for Diversity Sciences Research Group on Climate Change, Diversity, and Disparity. 

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Jeff Chang - We Gon' Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation

Wed, Mar 27 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
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Commonwealth Honors College Room: CHC Events Hall
Jeff Chang

Foundations of Inclusion; Spring 2019 Speaker Series: Jeff Chang - We Gon' Be Alright

Jeff Chang is Vice President of Narrative, Arts, and Culture at Race Forward and was previously Executive Director of the Institute for Diversty in the Arts at Stanford University.  He has written extensively on culture, politics, the arts, and music.  His latest book, We Gon' Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation, explores the rise and fall of the idea of "diversity" and argues that undoing resegregation is key to moving forward to racial and cultural equity.

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The 31st Annual Virginia A. Beal Lecture

Wed, Mar 27 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
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Campus Center Room: Auditorium
T. Colin Campbell

The Department of Nutrition will host its 31st Annual Virginia A. Beal Lecture. This year, the department welcomes internationally renowned nutritionist and bestselling author Dr. T. Colin Campbell.

2019 Beal Lecture:"The Science of Nutrition, After Some Upgrading, Needs Serious Attention"

Book signing to follow.

Preceding the lecture from 4:00-5:30pm, the department will hold a reception and student poster presentation, followed by its annual student scholarship and award ceremony.

About Dr. Campbell:

T. Colin Campbell, PhD has been dedicated to the science of human health for more than 60 years. His primary focus is on the association between diet and disease, particularly cancer. Although largely known for the China Study--one of the most comprehensive studies of health and nutrition ever conducted, and recognized by The New York Times as the “Grand Prix of epidemiology”--Dr. Campbell’s profound impact also includes extensive involvement in education, public policy, and laboratory research.

Dr. Campbell’s research experience includes both laboratory experiments and large-scale human studies. He has received over 70 grant-years of peer-reviewed research funding (mostly with NIH), served on grant review panels of multiple funding agencies, actively participated in the development of national and international nutrition policy, and authored over 300 research papers. Throughout his career, he has confronted a great deal of confusion surrounding nutrition and its effects. It is precisely this confusion that he has focused so much on, in recent years.

In order to synthesize the findings of his long and rewarding career, Dr. Campbell co-wrote The China Study: Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-term Health, which has sold more than 2 million copies worldwide. He is also the author of the The New York Times bestseller Whole, and The Low-Carb Fraud. Several documentary films feature Dr. Campbell and his research, including Forks Over Knives, Eating You Alive, Food Matters, and PlantPure Nation. He continues to share evidence-based information on health and nutrition whenever given the opportunity. He has delivered hundreds of lectures around the world and he is the founder of the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies.

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Faculty and Community Seminar on Interpreting Studies and Practice

Wed, Mar 27 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
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Integrative Learning Center Room: N101
Interpreted Interviews

Titled “Interpreted Interviews with Traumatized Children,” Lisa Aronson Fontes, senior lecture at University Without Walls and author of Interviewing Clients Across Cultures, will discuss the key role interpreters play in conversations with children victims of traumatic events.

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Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series: Carol E. Heim, Economics

Wed, Mar 27 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
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Old Chapel Room: Great Hall
Carol E. Heim

"Who Pays, Who Benefits, Who Decides? Property Developers and the Political Economy of Urban Growth," presented by Carol E. Heim, professor of economics.

Property developers reap a return sometimes called "development gain," which is over and above the ordinary rate of profit. They often use legal and political means to increase their share of economic value created through urban development. Their interests are sometimes, but not always, in alignment with the public good. Historical research on the boom cities of Chicago and Phoenix, particularly concerning infrastructure finance, illustrates their goals and activities. Examination of current policy issues in cities such as Houston and Miami, which are facing severe impacts of natural disasters and climate change, also provides opportunities to explore the role of developers in U.S. cities and suburbs

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Dr. T. Colin Campbell at the Annual Beal Day Lecture

Wed, Mar 27 2019 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm
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Campus Center Room: Auditorium
Beal Day

Come join us on March 27th for an exciting keynote presentation by Dr. T Colin Campbell: "The Science of Nutrition, After Some Upgrading, Needs Some Serious Recognition."

We are thrilled to announce that P-NUT will be co-hosting Dr. Campbell, author of the bestselling (2 million copies!) and revolutionary plant-based nutrition book, "The China Study: Startling Implications on Diet, Weight Loss, and Long-term Health," among other books and numerous (300!) scientific journal articles.

“A good diet is the most powerful weapon we have against disease and sickness” — Dr. T Colin Campbell. Come hear this and more! Ask questions, or simply sit and absorb the knowledge of this incredibly influential researcher who has over 60 years of experience in this field.

This talk will be part of the Nutrition Department’s Annual Beal Day lecture poster and awards ceremony. The poster session begins at 4 pm, while the keynote talk will happen at 5:30 pm. If you are interested in learning how you can improve your health with this groundbreaking information, attend this lecture. It is free for everyone, and there will be appetizers! We hope to see you there.

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Cultural Appreciation Series: Afro-Cuban Jazz

Wed, Mar 27 2019 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm
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Latin American Cultural Center
Jazz

An internationally acclaimed musician, Jane Bunnett is known for her creative integrity, improvisational daring, and courageous artistry. Her exploration of Afro-Cuban melodies expresses the universality of music, and her ability to embrace and showcase the rhythms and culture of Cuba has been ground-breaking. Her band, Maqueque, is comprised of female musicians, all from Cuba.

Come to the Latinx American Cultural Center to participate in a conversation/discussion about their music covering Afro-Cuban  jazz roots, musical history, cultural traditions and heritage.

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