Wednesday, April 08, 2015
Steven Lerman '72 -- GW Provost
Provost Lerman will speak to us at a dinner meeting at Maggiano's in DC.
Monday, April 20, 2015
Tim Chartier -- Big Data: Googling Mathematics
The World Wide Web contains billions, if not trillions, of web pages. Yet, you can have a question, submit related words to a search engine, and within seconds see an ordered list of pages. The one listed first is considered, loosely speaking, the best web page related to your query. To do this, search engines search and bring order to a massive, dynamic dataset. How can math help measure the "importance" of a web page? Google's PageRank algorithm marked a distinctive improvement in search algorithms. We'll learn about this algorithm and how some try to use such knowledge to their advantage.
Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Davidson College, Dr. Tim Chartier specializes in data analytics. He frequently consults businesses on data analytics questions, which has included consulting on data analytics problems for ESPN's Sport Science program, the Weather Channel, the NBA and a fantasy sports site. In 2014, he was named the inaugural Math Ambassador for the Mathematical Association of America, which also recognized Dr. Chartier's ability to communicate math with a national teaching award. His research and scholarship were recognized with the prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship. Published by Princeton University Press, He wrote Math Bytes: Google Bombs, Chocolate-Covered Pi, and Other Cool Bits in Computing and coauthored the textbook Numerical Methods: Design, Analysis, and Computer Implementation of Algorithms. Through the Teaching Company, Dr. Chartier completed a 24-lecture series entitled Big Data: How Data Analytics Is Transforming the World. He has also been a resource for a variety of media inquiries, which include appearances with NPR, the CBS Evening News, USA Today, and The New York Times.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Kathy Hudson, NIH Director of Science, Outreach and Policy, will speak to us on a topic related to clinical trial data at a dinner meeting at the Kenwood Club in Bethesda.
Tuesday, June 09, 2015
Annual Meeting -- Prof. Claude Canizares
Professor Canizares will be the speaker for our Annual Meeting. His topic is "MIT in the World and of the World." Dinner Meeting. Location TBD.