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These 5 talks at the National Math Festival prove that math really is everywhere | Express - Washington Post

Speakers at the event May 4 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center will tackle football, romance, elections and more, inform Angela Haupt, freelance writer and full-time health editor in D.C.
Festivalgoers can try their luck at colorful board games that incorporate math. Don’t worry, they’re still fun.
Photo: Amanda Kowalski
An affinity for numbers isn’t necessarily part of the equation at the National Math Festival. “Don’t count yourself out because you don’t think of yourself as a math person,” says Kirsten Bohl, project lead for Saturday’s event at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The third iteration of the free festival, organized by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, offers a hodgepodge of programming, including presentations, short films, “mathletic” competitions, dance performances, puzzles and games. Bohl emphasizes that while there’s plenty for kids and families, adults could “spend all day taking in juicy talks.” Here are a number to consider...
The Mathematics of Social Choice 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.; 3:15-4 p.m.There’s a little election slated for 2020, which means it’s a fine time to consider if there are better methods of determining the wishes of an electorate than our system of plurality voting. Emily Riehl, an assistant math professor at Johns Hopkins University, will examine how various algorithms can have an impact on the way federal, state and local elections play out — and help ensure that the winner reflects voter intent. “What she’s going to do is explore: What if a mathematician did try to make the voting process fairer? How would past elections have turned out differently?” Bohl says. “It’s a great example of how mathematicians are always thinking about different aspects of our lives. Math really is behind everything in the world.”.
Math and the Movies 10:15-11 a.m.; 12:45-1:30 p.m.You know those wow-worthy effects in animated movies, like the swirling snow in “Frozen” or the magical ocean in “Moana”? They’re the work of math wizards. “It’s basically, how do we replicate or simulate the real world via computers?” Bohl says, describing the scientific computing Joseph Teran does for Walt Disney Animation Studios. Teran, a professor of applied mathematics at UCLA, will explain why we need math to create realistic animations. He’ll share a snowy scene from “Frozen,” for example, that involves more than 7 million discrete particles (and also, presumably, clarify what exactly a discrete particle is).Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW; Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free.Read more...
Source: Washington Post  

St. Lawrence College Uses Artificial Intelligence to Boost Enrollment | Benzinga

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AI-enabled chatbot communicates with new students via text; provides real-time, personalized guidance throughout the enrollment process, as Benzinga reports.

24/7 support from SLC Admissions team.
Photo: CNW Group/St. Lawrence College
Incoming first-year students to St. Lawrence College (SLC) have a new resource to guide them through the admissions and enrollment process, thanks to an artificially intelligent chatbot launched in March 2019. The chatbot, known as PAL (Personal Assistant Line), was developed in partnership with AdmitHub, whose pioneering approach to conversational AI enables colleges and universities to provide applicants with proactive, personalized support and guidance.  

"As a new generation of digitally savvy students arrives on campus, we have an unprecedented opportunity to rethink the way we support students in the transition to college," said Stewart Clark, Director of Marketing, Communications and Recruitment at SLC. "By providing students with immediate, 24/7 support, we're able to eliminate friction in the enrollment process and unlock time for our admissions team to provide hands-on support to students who need it most."  

About St. Lawrence College
St. Lawrence College is an integral part of the economic life and social fabric of Eastern Ontario, with campuses in Kingston, Brockville, and Cornwall. St. Lawrence College consistently ranks as one of Ontario's leading community colleges, preparing students for the global economy with relevant, practical, and experiential learning opportunities. Offering over 100 full-time programs, St. Lawrence College is a close-knit community of 10,000 full-time students, and more than 96,000 alumni.   
About AdmitHub
Founded in 2014, AdmitHub is an edtech company committed to fostering college success with conversational artificial intelligence. AdmitHub's virtual assistants provide on-demand assistance via chat by gathering data, sending reminders, answering questions, surveying students, and connecting students to appropriate advisors. Currently, AdmitHub has 40+ university partnerships focusing on recruiting prospects, yielding admits, and retaining enrolled students.

Source: Benzinga 

How Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are Changing CyberSecurity | Technology - Business.com

James Warner, Big Data Developer at Nexsoftsys NEW YORK, NY reports, Artificial intelligence (AI) is intelligence developed by machines, and machine learning is a sample of artificial intelligence.

Generally, in machine learning, computers learn on their own. Machine learning creates the capability to acquire and absorb knowledge in computers without predetermined and overt program writing.

Machine Learning, a sub-topic of artificial intelligence, is headed for the technological expansion of human knowledge and intelligence. Machine learning permits computers to cope with unfamiliar circumstances, locations, arrangements by the use of analysis, self-training, observation and experience. Machine learning makes uninterrupted progression of computing easy by subjecting computers to a lot of different, contemporary, untried unfamiliar settings, challenges, innovations, versions, etc....

Machine learning has been introduced to cybersecurity 
AI and machine learning are rallying round to reduce crime – both in the digital world and in real life. Artificial Intelligence, aptly described as the ‘Industrial Revolution of our time’ is progressively becoming an influential factor in our cyber security armoury to protect, perceive and computerize incident response.

Cybersecurity is one area that profits the most from machine learning. With AI and machine learning slowly gaining prominence in the cyber security landscape, different types of machine learning techniques are being custom-built to get to the bottom of specific problems in cyber security.

Source: Business.com

IBM, NYU research shows deep learning can be trained to better spot glaucoma effects | Innovation - ZDNet

Deep learning models can be trained to learn from retina images and then estimate visual function, says Larry Dignan, Editor in Chief of ZDNet and Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic.

Photo: IBM Research BlogIBM and New York University researchers have improved deep learning techniques to better spot glaucoma and detect it early.  

Big Blue researchers will present their findings at Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology's annual meeting.

In a nutshell, deep learning models can be trained to learn from retina images and then estimate visual function. Those estimates can then be used as a glaucoma indicator. The hope is that non-invasive retina imaging can diagnose glaucoma faster.

Typical visual function tests are based on patient feedback and multiple tests. Glaucoma, the second leading cause of blindness in the world, develops slowly and often diminishes visual function before a diagnosis...

IBM and NYU researchers will present 7 abstracts at the annual meeting. Here they are:

Source: ZDNet

Italian cellist headlines Music & Mathematics recital | San Marcos Daily Record

The Department of Mathematics at Texas State University will showcase the relationship between music and mathematics 2-3:30 p.m. May 3 in observance of Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place in the Music Building Recital Hall, 101 Pleasant Street. A reception will follow...

The Department of Mathematics' presentation is part of an annual series that explores the interconnections between mathematics and other disciplines. The event is sponsored by the Common Experience, Texas Mathworks, the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Music.
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About Mathematics & Statistics Month 
Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month is held nationwide in April to increase the understanding and awareness of these fields that fuel the innovative side of technology. It is a program of the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics (JPBM) – a collaborative effort of the American Mathematical Society, the American Statistical Association, the Mathematical Association of America and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

About Texas State University 
Founded in 1899, Texas State University is among the largest universities in Texas with an enrollment of 38,694 students on campuses in San Marcos and Round Rock. Texas State’s 192,000-plus alumni are a powerful force in serving the economic workforce needs of Texas and throughout the world.

Source: San Marcos Daily Record

Int’l Women in Mathematics Day: CUK’s Deptt of Mathematics, WEC organise function | Kashmir Reader

The Department of Mathematics, Central University of Kashmir (CUK) in collaboration with varsity’s Women Empowerment Committee (WEC) celebrated International Women in Mathematics Day at Nowgam Campus-I here on Tuesday by K Reader.

The celebrations started with welcome address by the Dean School of Physical and Chemical Sciences, Prof. Wali Muhammad Shah. The keynote address was delivered by eminent Mathematician of the state, Prof. M.A Sofi.

In his address he highlighted the contribution of women in Mathematics. Prof. Fozia S Qazi, Head Department of Mathematical Sciences, IUST and Dr. Roma Wani, Member, National managing body of Indian Red cross Society were the other speakers on the occasion. Prof. Qazi gave a detailed presentation on the History of the journey of women in Mathematics. The title of her presentation was “Gender in Mathematics culture”. Dr. Roma Wani spoke on the strength of women in Mathematics. A large number of students from the Department and Jammu and Kashmir Institute of Mathematical Sciences participated in the two symposia on the theme “Journey of women in Mathematics: from Hypatia to Mirzakhani”.

Source: Kashmir Reader

The 39 New Skills You Can Now Learn on LinkedIn Learning | New Courses - LinkedIn Learning

Each week presents a new opportunity for you and your team to learn the skills necessary to take on the next big challenge, recommends Paul Petrone, Editor - LinkedIn Learning.

Photo:  Learning Blog - LinkedIn LearningAnd, at LinkedIn Learning, we want to do everything we can to help make that happen.

So, each week, we add to our 13,000+ course library. And this past week was no different, as we added 39 new courses covering everything from product design to motion graphics to leading your team through change.

The new courses now available on LinkedIn Learning are:

Additional resources 
Want to see what else we offer?  
View all of LinkedIn Learning's 13,000+ courses today.  

Source: LinkedIn Learning (Blog)  

Who Was Google Doodle Ruth Asawa? Facts and Quotes From Famous Wire Sculptor | U.S. - Newsweek

Nina Godlewski, breaking news reporter observes, Google is celebrating Asian-American Pacific Islander month by releasing a doodle of famed sculptor Ruth Asawa

The Google doodle Tuesday was made to honor artist Ruth Asawa for Asian-American Pacific Islander month.
Photo: Google The month of May is Asian-American Pacific Islander month also called Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in the United States. 

Born in 1926, Asawa was a teenager during World War II. Her family was forced to go to a Japanese internment camp where she, her five siblings and her mother lived in two horse stalls. That's where she gained new abilities in art that she learned from other inmates in the camp some of whom were animators with Walt Disney Studios, according to Google. 

After 16 months of forced internment, she was able to attend college to become an art teacher. She was prevented from finishing her education three years in when she was stopped from completing her student teaching due to her Japanese-American heritage. Following this racist setback at the Milwaukee State Teachers College, she transferred to North Carolina's Black Mountain College.

Once at the exploratory Black Mountain College she developed her art further and honed her abilities in sculpture while learning from some of the formative artists of her time. She worked with wire specifically to create some of her best-known art and her work is on display all over the world...

"Teachers there were practicing artists, there was no separation between studying, performing the daily chores, and relating to many art forms. I spent three years there and encountered great teachers who gave me enough stimulation to last me for the rest of my life — Josef Albers, painter, Buckminster Fuller, inventor, Max Dehn, the mathematician, and many others. Through them I came to understand the total commitment required if one must be an artist," she said about her time at Black Mountain College
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Source: Newsweek

Fienburg memorial lecture talks sensationalism and statistics | CMU The Tartan Online

“Numbers do not speak for themselves,” said Sir David Spiegelhalter, a world-renowned statistician, to a crowd of nearly 100 professors and students who had gathered in McConomy Auditorium to hear him speak, according to Jacob Paul,  Layout Manager - The Tartan.

Sir David Spiegelhalter visited from Cambridge to discuss statisitcal reporting in the second Fienburg memorial lecture.
Photo: Jacob Paul/Layout Manager“The stories we tell, the way they’re packaged makes all the difference to their emotional impact.”

We are living in the age of data. Technology plays a bigger role in people’s daily lives than ever before, and many of society’s core issues can be reframed as statistical problems. Yet it is also the age of misinformation, and the field of statistics is facing more challenges than ever before.

Sir David Spiegelhalter’s lecture on Monday, April 22, was the second installment of the Stephen and Joyce Fienberg memorial lecture series. Stephen Fienberg, who died of cancer in 2016, was the head of the Carnegie Mellon statistics department. He was highly respected and influential in the field of statistics for his dedication to applying statistics for societal good. Joyce Fienberg, Stephen Fienbergs’s wife who perished in the Tree of Life synagogue shooting last Oct., worked as a researcher at the Learning Research and Development Center at the University of Pittsburgh and was a great supporter and friend of the statistics department at Carnegie Mellon.

“Steve sets a high bar for how statistic are communicated,” said Sir David Spiegelhalter. In his lecture, he focused on how statistics are manipulated for sensational and persuasive means. Spiegelhalter serves as a chair at the Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication, which is part of the University of Cambridge’s department of mathematics...

Spiegelhalter resolved that statisticians need to demonstrate trustworthiness by being honest about where uncertainty lies in their studies. Research has shown that audiences do not trust a range (between A and B) any less than a single result (A). For accountability, the background information of any study should be made accessible and readable.

Because of this responsibility, Spiegelhalter closed his lecture by calling for statisticians to be trained in ethics and communication, and to be more active in the public sphere.
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Source: CMU The Tartan Online

The quest to understand human society scientifically | Around Campus - MIT News

Story prepared by MIT SHASS Communications Editorial and Design Director: Emily Hiestand and Senior Writer: Kathryn O'Neill.
In STS.047 (Quantifying People), MIT students explore the history of science from the 17th century to the present, through the eyes of statisticians and sociologists.

STS.047 is one of several courses featured in a new MIT HASS undergraduate concentration called "Computational Cultures," which brings together perspectives from the humanities and social sciences for students to understand and improve the social, cultural, and political impact of the computing tools and digital devices that shape our lives.
Photo: Jon Sachs/SHASS Communications Is it appropriate to evaluate the causes of suicide but dismiss mental illness as a contributing factor? What happens when you talk about war deaths as colored wedges on a chart? Does that change the conversation in important ways?

MIT students grappled with these and similar questions this spring in STS.047 (Quantifying People), a new subject focused on the history of the quest to understand human society scientifically. William Deringer, the Leo Marx Career Development Assistant Professor of Science, Technology, and Society, says he developed the class to enable students to explore the questions that motivate much of his own research: “Why do we invest so much trust in numbers, and what are the consequences for who we are?”

Calculated Values:
Finance, Politics,
and the Quantitative AgeDeringer has written a book on the subject, "Calculated Values: Finance, Politics, and the Quantitative Age" (Harvard University Press, 2018), in which he examines the history of human efforts to use statistics to influence opinions and shape policy. “Many MIT students will likely be practitioners in the data field, so I want to encourage them to think about these issues,” he says...

This complex interplay of science and society is precisely what attracted Rhea Lin to the subject. “I wanted to take a humanities course that would give me the opportunity to reflect on how society has been impacted by science in the past and how my work as an engineer might affect people in the future,” says Lin, a senior majoring in electrical engineering and computer science.

Source: MIT News

7 Essential Algorithms that Run the World | Innovation - Interesting Engineering

This is the second article in a seven-part series on Algorithms and Computation, which explores how we use simple binary numbers to power our world. The first article, How Algorithms Run the World We Live In, can be found here.
Algorithms have been around for thousands of years, but these 7 modern algorithms are essential to how our world works today, inform John Loeffler, writer and programmer living in New York City.

Photo: DepositPhotos
The oldest algorithms ever recorded were on ancient Babylonian tablets dating to about 1,800 BCE, explaining the specific procedures to compute different values like square roots and other measures. We still use one of the Greek mathematician Euclid’s most famous algorithms—his method for finding the greatest common divisor, first formulated around 300 BCE—in programming today because of its elegant simplicity.  

It wasn’t until the age of computers however that algorithms really began to take a mathematical approach to seemingly non-mathematical problems, and these modern algorithms are some of the most important solutions to problems currently powering the world’s most widely used systems.

Having discussed PageRank briefly in the first article in this series, Google’s PageRank algorithm is a great place to start, since it helped turn Google into the internet giant it is today...

The issue of efficiency doesn't just relate to the hardware however. The efficiency of the various algorithms can make or break a system. Fortunately, we know how to measure the efficiency of algorithms with mathematical precision, allowing us to find the right algorithm for the right problem.

Come back tomorrow for the third article in our series on Algorithms and Computations, Time Complexity: Why Some Algorithms Run for Billions of Years.Read more...
Source: Interesting Engineering

KCSE 2018: Universities and courses chosen by top students | Facts and Life Hacks - Tuko.co.ke

Here is a breakdown of the courses and universities that the top student chose to pursue. Find out the course with the most students as well as the courses that were least chosen, continues Tuko.co.ke.

Photo: instagram.com, @shufaayakut6 As the debate on which is the best education system in Kenya raves on, the students who sat for the KCSE 2018 are already choosing their preferred courses and universities. 

Let’s face it. The Kenyan education system has a long way to attain the standards of world-renowned teaching systems like that of Finland. However, students still have to learn, and this is the best time to find out the specific courses that the top students from 2018 chose to pursue.

The KCSE 2018 university admission has taken place with the top students opting for the traditional best courses to study. As you might have already guessed it, these top performers also landed in the highly-ranked institutions. You will get the entire breakdown of how the program placement agency – KUCCPS, did the allocation. On that note, let’s have a quick dive into what this agency entails. 

In full, KUCCPS means Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service. This government body replaced the Joint Admissions Board (JAB) after the Universities Act of 2012. One of its mandates is to establish a criterion for students to access the courses for which they applied and qualified.

KCSE 2018 university selection
Here is the breakdown of how the top brains from the 2018 KSCE got placements in different institutions and courses...

KCSE 2018 course revision 
For some reasons, not all the above placements will sit well with all the students and that why the KUCCPS will allow inter-institution transfer applications between May 1 and May 30, 2019. You will need to log into the portal to revise their options. 

Do you have a candidate who will be sitting for the KSCE 2019 exam? The above breakdown of the best courses as chosen by the KSCE 2018 students should give you a clue of what your child or sibling might want to pursue in university, TVET, polytechnic, or TTI. At the same time, you might want them to avoid the less competitive courses highlighted above. 

Source: Tuko.co.ke


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