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With 100 + episodes, 'Stats + Stories' continues to advocate for numerical literacy | Campus - Miami University

Miami University’s John Bailer believes people have a big problem with numbers by Ryan McSheffrey, Journalism at Miami University.

John Bailer, Rosemary Pennington and Richard Campbell generate the stories statistics tell. 
Photo: Miami University "There are people who are prideful in their statements of 'I don't do math,'" said Bailer, chair of Miami's department of statistics and University Distinguished Professor. "The idea that you could be prideful in your ignorance is a sad commentary for me."

According to Bailer, there's something of a double standard going on.

"If you were illiterate, you'd be embarrassed to say so. It would be viewed as something you need to fix."

Miami professor Richard Campbell has first-hand experience in a field he says students who have this kind of statistical illiteracy tend to drift toward...

The show ramped up to weekly production after receiving funding from the American Statistical Association last year. It’s also landed a listing on National Public Radio's website.  A typical episode has 800-1,200 listeners, some of whom tell the panelists about its reach.

"My niece told me her high school math teacher was a fan of 'Stats + Stories' and used it in class," Bailer said. "My nephew who goes to another university (read: not Miami) said a professor assigned it as an assignment in class."

Source: Miami University

Are you Mathematician? We bet you to solve this viral Math equation! | Speed News Desk - Catch News

Do you think of yourself as a Mathematician? asks Speed News Desk.

Photo: Speed News DeskIf yes, then solve this equation which has beats everyone’s brains out on social media. A mathematical equation is doing the rounds on Twitter which has left many puzzled to solve it. An equation was shared by a KJ Cheetham on his Twitter handle. He captioned, "A maths meme that is funny rather than stupid: Solve carefully! 230 - 220 x 0.5 =?"

He also wrote the answer to the problem is 5. But didn’t mention the solution. 

Source: Catch News 

Britain’s £50 Note Will Honor Computing Pioneer Alan Turing | Business - The New York Times

During his lifetime, the mathematician and computer pioneer’s reputation was overshadowed by a conviction under Britain’s Victorian laws against homosexuality, and his war work remained a secret until decades later, inform Amie Tsang, general assignment business reporter based in London.

Alan Turing will be the face of Britain’s new 50-pound note, the Bank of England announced on Monday.
Photo: Bank of EnglandAlan Turing, the computing pioneer who became one of the most influential code breakers of World War II, has been chosen by the Bank of England to be the new face of its 50-pound note.

The decision to put Mr. Turing on the highest-denomination English bank note, worth about $62, adds to growing public recognition of his achievements. His reputation during his lifetime was overshadowed by a conviction under Britain’s Victorian laws against homosexuality, and his war work remained a secret until decades later.
“Alan Turing was an outstanding mathematician whose work has had an enormous impact on how we live today,” Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of England, said in a statement. “As the father of computer science and artificial intelligence, as well as a war hero, Alan Turing’s contributions were far-ranging and path breaking.”...
Mr. Turing’s work provided the theoretical basis for modern computers, and for ideas of artificial intelligence. His work on code-breaking machines during World War II also drove forward the development of computing, and is regarded as having significantly affected the course of the war.
Mr. Turing died in 1954, two years after being convicted under Victorian laws against homosexuality and forced to endure chemical castration. The British government apologized for his treatment in 2009, and Queen Elizabeth granted him a royal pardon in 2013. Read more...
Source: The New York Times

Summer reading: booksellers recommend… | Books - The Guardian

Staff at four award-winning independent bookshops tell us what they’ll be packing for their holidays by The Guardian.

Emma Corfield-Walters, in her shop, Book-ish in Crickhowell.
Photo: John Nguyen/PA Golden Hare Books, Edinburgh
Independent bookshop of the year 2019. When art historian Mark Jones opened his bookshop in 2012 he planned to call it ‘The Golden Crocodile’. He commissioned his daughter Agnes, an artist-blacksmith, to create a mascot for it and she returned with a golden hare.

Julie Danskin, manager
When shoppers ask me for holiday reads, they often want something engrossing for a plane journey. I highly recommend the immersive Vivian by Christina Hesselholdt (Fitzcarraldo), about the life of photographer Vivian Maier, or merman romantic comedy The Pisces by Melissa Broder (Bloomsbury)...

Book.ish, Chrickhowell, Wales
Nine years ago Emma Corfield-Walters was running a building surveying company before an “early mid-life crisis” prompted her to sell up and start a bookshop. She doesn’t have time for a holiday this year: “There’s no rest for the bookseller,” she says, “but reading is a holiday in itself. Books are my escape.” She has just been picked as a “rising star” by the Bookseller. Book.ish is regional independent bookshop of the year 2019 and sits on what is currently the “UK’s best high street” – after Crickhowell won the top prize at last year’s Great British High Street awards.

Emma Corfield-Walters, owner
You couldn’t do better than take along a copy of Sweet Sorrow by David Nicholls, an astutely observed, nostalgic look at first love and that long summer on the cusp of adulthood. Victoria Hislop’s Those Who Are Loved ticks all the boxes of brilliantly researched historical fiction bound up in family sagas set in her beloved Greece.

Source: The Guardian

Celebrate the moon landing anniversary with books that go beyond the small step | Editor's Picks - Science News

50 years after Apollo 11, new books offer fresh perspectives, recommends Staff Writer at Science News.

READ ALL ABOUT IT - Books commemorating the Apollo 11 anniversary offer varied takes on the space race and the mission to the moon.
Photo: Science News Astronomy lovers are not the only ones excited about the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Publishers are also taking note, serving up a pile of books to mark the occasion.

Are you looking for a general overview of the birth of the U.S. space program? Would you rather geek out on the technical details of the Apollo missions? How about flipping through a collection of photographs from the era? Science News staff took a look at the offerings and picked out a few favorites to help you decide. There’s something for everyone in the list below.

Source: Science News

10 New Books We Recommend This Week | Book Review - New York Times

Follow on Twitter as @GregoryCowlesSuggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times by Gregory Cowles, Senior Editor, Books. 
A couple of years ago, the song of the summer for me was Jason Isbell’s sweet-sad “If We Were Vampires,” with its perfect blend of romance and mortality: “It’s knowing that this can’t go on forever / Likely one of us will have to spend some days alone.” (That line becomes next-level excellent when you realize that the haunting backup vocals are provided by Isbell’s wife, Amanda Shires.) This summer, I’m getting a similarly poignant shiver from the novella “Walt Kaplan Is Broke,” which closes Peter Orner’s terrific new story collection “Maggie Brown & Others” and features a coronary patient taking stock of his long, mostly happy marriage: “I’m afraid of dying because I love my wife.” There’s a lot of affection in that story, and in all of Orner’s characteristically generous work, and you could do worse than settling in with his book this week.
More recommended fiction: Denise Mina’s latest propulsive mystery, “Conviction.” Neal Stephenson’s mind-bending saga “Fall; Or, Dodge in Hell” (it’s the rare sff novel that treats all three of those initials equally). Domenica Ruta’s end-of-world portrait, “Last Day.” And Jill Ciment’s lovely, sly “The Body in Question,” about sequestered jurors on a murder trial embarking on an affair. There’s just no escaping love and death.Read more...
Source: New York Times 

Carmen Marcus and the Book Corner launch free course for working-class writers | The Book Corner - The Bookseller

Author Carmen Marcus has teamed up with the North Yorkshire bookshop Book Corner to offer aspiring working-class writers a free course on developing a strategy to write professionally.

Marcus is running the course with Jenna Warren, (YouTube - Video) owner and manager of the bookshop in Saltburn, with funding support from the Booksellers Association.

Based on personal experience and needs identified from other underrepresented writers Marcus created ‘The Writer’s Plan’, a five-step route-map to build confidence, provide practical insights on how to balance writing and life as well as accessing development opportunities and learning how to break into the industry.

The course will comprise five, two-hour sessions and take place bi-weekly between the 22nd September and 17th November on a Sunday afternoon at the Book Corner. The sessions will be free for all successful applicants and a travel bursary of up to £20 per applicant per session will be awarded to support travel costs...

Writer Helen Anderson, who has been following Marcus’ plan, said:  “By working through Carmen’s Writers’ Plan with a trusted buddy, I have re-defined my writing goals, and identified what I need in order to achieve them. It is wonderful to have confidence that my goals are within reach. I finally feel that I am – and deserve to be - a writer.”

Source: The Bookseller

Building confidence with adult learning | Enniscorthy Guardian

Adult learners gathered at Enniscorthy Further Education and Training Centre last week to celebrate the completion of their courses and the presentation of those all-important awards by Simon Burke, Independent.ie.

Back row: Ken Banville, Angela Brennan, Angela Connolly and Lar Murray. Front: Mary Burke, Myra Weafer and Mary Walsh (BTEI co-ordinator) at WWETB Part Time Learning Health Care Support Awards 2019 at Enniscorthy Further Education and Training Centre, Gonzaga House, Weafer Street
Part of WWETB's Back to Education Initiative which is a part time flexible programme, the students received QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland) awards in Healthcare, Childcare, Horticulture, Customer Service, IT Skills, Retail Skills and Health Related Fitness. 
Read more... 

Source: Enniscorthy Guardian 

Want to learn to code? Here’s your Delaware resource list | Dev - Technical.ly Brooklyn

Whether you're in a position to financially invest in your future or don't have a penny to spare, here are 10 local ways you can learn coding without going back to college, according to Holly Quinn, lead reporter for Technical.ly Delaware. 

Go learn something.
 Photo: Flickr user Hamza Butt, used under a Creative Commons licenseWith Amazon starting to retrain a third of its workforce to keep them relevant as technology evolves, your programming skills may start feeling stale. Or maybe don’t yet have programming skills and are looking for a total career makeover.

Even if you’re just interested in learning a new language you can use as a hobby with your kids, there are quite a few options in Delaware, from totally free programs and meetups to affordable bootcamps.

We’ve created a list of local coding resources for adults that do not require you to enroll in college — for the record, Del Tech, Delaware State University, Wilmington University and University of Delaware do all offer coding certifications — ranging from Saturday morning meetups to highly challenging bootcamps that can launch you into a whole new career.

All but two options are in Delaware itself, and most are in-person classes — but if you’re looking for something that’s online (and free) that you can do at your own pace, we’ve got a recommendation for that at the end.

Source: Technical.ly Brooklyn

4 Ways to Use the Nudge Theory to Improve Learning Outcomes | Learning & Development - HR Technologist

Today, HR practitioners are looking at several new behavioral science-led ideas to transform organizational learning activities as well as workplace culture. In this article, learn more about:
  • Why nudge theory in L&D is a great idea
  • 4 elements to make nudge theory propel positive change
  • Things to remember before you embark on your “nudge-theory”-led L&D initiative
Over the last decade and more, HR has taken on a far more nuanced and meaningful role in building employee engagement, improving morale and consequent productivity, and encouraging positive behavior, as HR Technologist reports. 

Photo: HR Technologist
In addition, science, technology, and cutting-edge behavioral concepts are making their way into an HR specialist’s toolbox, ensuring that they can bring about genuine transformation.

A big part of this process is the intersection between learning and development (L&D) and HR. L&D teams and HR practitioners are now working closely together to offer training sessions and interactive modules that foster a culture of learning across the organization. 

Let’s zero in on one such scientific theory that has captured the attention of experts and commentators alike ­– nudge theory...
Before we detail how nudge theory can work seamlessly with the latest HR and L&D technologies, it’s important to remember that nudge theory has been applied in the workplace for a while now. It is typically used to build productivity and collaboration. 

This is why we believe workplace L&D’s effectiveness could significantly improve by embedding nudge theory-inspired practices into a learning module. 
Read more...  

Source: HR Technologist    

Scenario based learning – combining theory and practice | Business - ITWeb

Clinton Meerholz, Head Of Education at Pink Elephant South Africa says, We work and in live in a very complex world and IT is forever changing in order to adapt to the demands of business. 

The requirements to solve simple problems, implement efficient and effective ways of work are multidimensional. Training today is linear in nature, creating a mismatch between the real world and the training world, and, unfortunately, many organisations feel they are not receiving the return on their investment they require.

For years, we have delivered classroom-based training with great success, ensuring the delegates pass and get certified in their chosen focus area. Delegates may be stimulated by the presentation, engaged by the graphics and even motivated by the energetic trainer; however, it all seems to fall short when they return to the office. Remembering what they were taught is slim and being able to apply the knowledge they have obtained in the workplace becomes a big challenge for the delegates. Training is designed to teach delegates to define, recall and recognise, as well as being able to understand or grasp what they have learned. The training does not allow delegates to apply, analyse and evaluate all the theory they have learned in their working environment.

David Kolb and Ronald Fry developed a way of looking at a learning process called the Experiential Learning Cycle...

Pink Elephant believes simulation-based training is more fun and it teaches people to learn from their mistakes, which is an incredibly valuable educational tool.

Source: ITWeb

QA acquires Cloud Academy to combine digital and in-classroom training | Industry - Help Net Security

QA, the UK’s largest B2B skills provider, announced it has acquired San Francisco-based Cloud Academy, a leading enterprise technology training platform, continues Help Net Security

Screenshot from Cloud Academy video
Cloud Academy will add QA’s massive catalog of more than 500 certification courses and 1500 instructor-led courses to seamlessly blend classroom learning with its intuitive digital platform.

No other provider has the breadth of classroom and digital blended learning resources covering Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, Cybersecurity, Project Management, DevOps, Agile Development, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and more.

Companies have sought to deliver effective blended learning – the integration of in-person and online learning – for some time...

“Blended learning needs the right curriculum design and technological platform as well as expert tutors and facilitators for in-person delivery. Until now, this hasn’t been possible. Bringing QA’s and Cloud Academy’s expertise together will mean a significant shift in the way corporate training is delivered. 

Source: Help Net Security

Getting Ready for Digital Transformation: Change Your Culture, Workforce, and Technology | Editors' Picks - EDUCAUSE Review

The digital transformation of higher education is at hand. Leaders must prepare their institutions now to take strategic advantage of the coming shifts in culture, workforce, and technology.
Digital transformation (Dx) is a series of deep and coordinated culture, workforce, and technology shifts that enable new educational and operating models and transform an institution’s operations, strategic directions, and value proposition by Susan Grajek, EDUCAUSE's Vice President for Communities and Research and Betsy Tippens Reinitz, Director of the Enterprise IT Program at EDUCAUSE

Dx is being driven by technology trends and changes that are enabling a new approach to everything from how digital architectures are being incorporated to how campus leaders interact with the IT organization, all targeting improved student outcomes, more effective teaching and learning methods, new research capabilities, and an evolution in business models. Dx requires agile and flexible leaders at all levels who can enable the college or university to rapidly and efficiently achieve its strategic aims...

We would like to thank the many people whose thoughtful expertise and vision informed the various drafts of this article. Malcolm Brown (EDUCAUSE Director of Learning Initiatives) and Karen A. Wetzel (EDUCAUSE Director of Community and Working Groups) made every draft better, and John O'Brien (EDUCAUSE President and CEO) provided much-needed final improvements. Teddy Diggs (EDUCAUSE Review Editor-in-Chief) helped us find closure and publish an article that could be under continual revision, because the possibilities and practices of digital transformation are constantly evolving and, we hope, advancing.

Source: EDUCAUSE Review

Preparing to Teach Online | Online Teaching - Magna Publication

For online teaching faculty who are about to teach online for the first time, a new course called Preparing to Teach Online will be offered for two sessions this summer. 

Photo: Magna PublicationPlan to enroll to create a successful online course that you can begin teaching this coming fall.
This course gives an overview of how to design your online course, how to establish a positive and engaging online classroom climate, how to keep students actively engaged with your content, tips on grading and feedback, and some thoughts on how you can effectively manage your time when teaching online.

After completing Preparing to Teach Online, educators will:
  • Understand how to incorporate basic instructional design to assist with online learning
  • Know how to design assignments specifically for online learners
  • Learn to create a lively online classroom with instructor presence
  • Understand how to quickly and effectively engage students
  • Master how to communicate with online learners
  • Design and facilitate online discussions
  • Learn to add interactivity to an online course
  • Be able to use technology to assist with feedback
  • More effectively manage teaching time
Approximately 10 hours to complete course.

Source: Magna Publication

Pacific University Adds to Robust Offering of Programs for Undergraduate Students | Arts & Sciences - Pacific University

Photo: Joe LangBeginning this fall, Pacific University undergraduate students will have even more opportunities to pursue academic degrees tailored for a changing and increasingly complex world, says Joe Lang, Director of Media Relations at Pacific University.

Screenshot from Welcome to Pacific University video.Students can now major in graphic design and data science, earn a teaching license while studying music education, and minor in four new areas of study while pursuing their bachelor's degree: social innovation and leadership, social equity and social change, psychological health and well-being, and cultural awareness and knowledge.

Graphic design is the latest offering of the university's Media Arts Department. Students will learn to tell compelling stories and engage with the world through design and illustration. A major or minor in graphic design helps students develop and refine their own artistic and professional sensibilities using industry-standard tools and principles.

Students earning a bachelor of science in data science through Pacific's Mathematics & Computer Science Department will learn the foundations of data curation, mathematical analysis, computational thinking, statistical thinking, data modeling, communication and visualization, and understanding ethical implications...

Pacific University is a diverse learning community, where students thrive in a personal academic environment. Students can pursue more than 65 undergraduate areas of study in the liberal arts and sciences, business, education, health professions and optometry. Pacific is currently ranked the No. 1 private research university in the Pacific Northwest and is also committed to civic engagement, sustainability and interprofessional education as part of its core teaching philosophy.

Source: Pacific University

The many career options if you’re planning to study Statistics | Education - The Indian Express

Statistics is often confused with mathematics, but it is a field that has a variety of lucrative career options. Careers in advanced statistics are in high demand in private and the public sector by Arnab Mitra, The Indian Express.

Photo: Lukas from Pexels Statistics is often confused with mathematics, but it is a field that has a variety of lucrative career options. The day-to-day use of statistics involves the calculation of wages, price, time series analysis, demand analysis etc.

The need for advanced statistical methods is increasing and as a consequence, the course is becoming a favourite among students. In the ongoing University of Delhi (DU) admissions, the cut-off for the BSc (H) statistics was among the highest at 97.75 per cent.

Careers in advanced statistics are in high demand in private and the public sector. From interpretation to prediction, statisticians are in high demand.

Here is a list of top courses and career options one can pursue.

Source: The Indian Express

How Randomness Can Make Math Easier | Mathematics - Quanta Magazine

Kevin Hartnett, senior writer at Quanta Magazine covering mathematics and computer science explains, Randomness would seem to make a mathematical statement harder to prove. In fact, it often does the opposite.

 Randomness is an underappreciated mathematical tool.
Photo: tostphoto Of all the tools available to the mathematician, randomness would seem to offer little benefit. Math traffics in logic and rigor. Its broad goals are to find order and structure in a vast sea of objects. It’s precisely because the mathematical world isn’t random that the whole enterprise of mathematics is possible.

Yet the recent Quanta article “Random Surfaces Hide an Intricate Order” concerned a new proof in which randomness made all the difference. The result involves checkerboard-like patterns drawn atop geometric spaces that are built at random. The authors of the proof found that the randomness in the geometric space made the checkerboard patterns easier to describe. “It’s a bit surprising that adding randomness enables you to do more than you can” without it, said Nicolas Curien, a mathematician at Paris-Sud University and a co-author of the work.

As it turns out, randomness is helpful in mathematics in many ways...

Mathematicians try to exploit this fact. There’s a conjectural relationship, known as the KPZ formula, that tells mathematicians how to convert a result about the random grid into a result for the deterministic one, or vice versa. “In theory it means you’re free to compute on either” the random or deterministic side, said Olivier Bernardi, a mathematician at Brandeis University and a co-author of the recent paper. This new work is consistent with previous (much harder to prove) results about percolation on a regular grid, validating the KPZ formula.
Read more... 

Source: Quanta Magazine

Data Engineer, Data Analyst, Data Scientist: What’s the Difference? | Data - Dice Insights

This article originally appeared in eFinancialCareers.
If you want to make sure you don’t lose your job in the next five years, you probably want to know something about Big Data, or even switch to a data-related career. But what do Big Data jobs entail?

Photo: Shutterstock
Speaking at last week’s Women of Silicon Roundabout conference in London, Dr. Rebecca Pope, the head of data science and engineering at KPMG, said you don’t need to be an excellent statistician or a high-class mathematician to work in data science or analytics. Nor do you need a lot of prior programming knowledge (although that always helps).

However, you do need an interest in statistics, you do need to be willing to learn how to code, and you do need to know how to do some high-level mathematical operations...

Data scientists are not just statisticians, Pope added: “A statistician is interested in building a model that builds a relationship between a variable and an outcome.” A data scientist wants to do something more: predict. They train models that can predict the future as accurately as possible.

These kinds of jobs come in stages. A business use has to be established, and raw data must be wrangled; then the algorithms are written and tested on the available datasets.

Source: Dice Insights

Machine learning for everyone | Around Campus - MIT News

A new EECS course on applications of machine learning teaches students from a variety of disciplines about one of today’s hottest topics, inform Emily Makowski, School of Engineering.

Mingman Zhao, a PhD student in EECS, spoke to the inaugural 6.883/6.S083 class about common issues in using machine learning tools to address problems.
Photo: Lillie Paquette/School of EngineeringA graduate student researching red blood cell production, another studying alternative aviation fuels, and an MBA candidate: What do they have in common? They all enrolled in 6.883/6.S083 (Modeling with Machine Learning: From Algorithms to Applications) in spring 2019. The class, offered for the first time during that term, focused on machine learning applications in engineering and the sciences, attracting students from fields ranging from biology to business to architecture.

Among them was Thalita Berpan, who was in her last term before graduating from the MIT Sloan School of Management in June. Berpan previously worked in asset management, where she observed how financial companies increasingly focus on machine learning and related technologies. “I wanted to come to business school to dive into emerging technology and get exposure to all of it,” says Berpan, who has also taken courses on blockchain and robotics. “I thought; ‘Why not take the class so I can understand the building blocks?’”...

The class includes live lectures that focus on modeling and online materials for building a shared background in machine learning methods, including tutorials for students who have less prior exposure to the subject. “We wanted to help students learn how to model and predict, and understand when they succeeded — skills that are increasingly needed across the Institute,” says Jaakkola, the Thomas Siebel Professor in EECS and the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society (IDSS).

Source: MIT News


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