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Associate Professor of Biology Thomas Mozdzer has received nearly $2 million from the National Science Foundation for a new program that bridges the fields of ecosystem ecology with evolutionary biology.
Upcoming Events in Data Science
- Coming Spring 2021
Ruha Benjamin, Ph.D.
Talk: May 4 at 6 PM
Race to the Future? Re-imagining the Default Settings of Technology & Society
From everyday apps to complex algorithms, technology has the potential to hide, speed, and deepen discrimination, while appearing neutral and even benevolent when compared to racist practices of a previous era. In this talk, Ruha Benjamin presents the concept of the “New Jim Code” to explore a range of discriminatory designs that encode inequity: by explicitly amplifying racial hierarchies, by ignoring but thereby replicating social divisions, or by aiming to fix racial bias but ultimately doing quite the opposite. This presentation takes us into the world of biased bots, altruistic algorithms, and their many entanglements, and provides conceptual tools to decode tech promises with historical and sociological insight. She will also consider how race is a tool designed to stratify and sanctify social injustice and discuss how technology is and can be used toward liberatory ends. In doing so, Ruha challenges us to question not only the technologies we are sold, but also the ones we manufacture ourselves.
Past Events in Data Science
Gauging Political Communication with Social Media Data: Research Frontier, Tools, and Caveats Online
Dr. Haohan Chen
Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Social Media and Politics, New York University
Assistant Professor, Politics & Public Administration. University of Hong Kong
- April 28, 2021
- 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Social media data help political scientists and policymakers understand the behavioral patterns of political communication. Consider these questions: How do citizens in authoritarian countries face censorship and perform self-censorship? How and why does the American public have a growing dislike or distrust of people from the other party? How does the public update their beliefs about COVID-19 in response to elite pronouncement and media reports? In his talk, Dr. Chen will introduce how social media data, empowered by data science toolkits, can help gauge political communication. The talk will consist of two parts. The first part introduces Dr. Chen’s research projects on self-censorship and political polarization with social media data. The second part introduces tools to collect and analyze social media data for opinion studies, with a critical evaluation of their limitations and best practices.
Hosted by the Center for Social Sciences and the Data Science Program.
Alums in Data Science
- Tuesday, April 6th at 7 PM
- Please Register for this event.
The recently released documentary about bias in Artificial Intelligence, is available to the BMC community to stream through April 7th. Shalini Kantayya’s “Coded Bias” effectively brings to light a modern civil rights issue that can be proven with data—the bias within facial recognition programs, particularly against those who are not like the white men who originally formed such technology.
We are also hosting a Teach-In/discussion of CODED BIAS and related issues Wednesday, April 7th at 4 PM. Facilitated by Isaac Sandberg (math), Sorelle Friedler (CS at Haverford), Deepak Kumar (CS), Marc Schulz (Data Science). These events are Co-sponsored by the Data Science, Psychology, Math, CS departments and President’s Office at Bryn Mawr and CS at Haverford.
- Friday, April 9, 2021 from 12-1pm 9 (EST).
- Registration required.
Inaugural Data Science Data Hangout (DSDH)
- Tuesday, April 13th at 4 PM.
The inaugural DSDH will focus on student experience during the COVID pandemic and include presentations from a recent alum, Kate Petrova ’20 (on social connection and emotions during the pandemic) and the College Archivist, Allison Mills, who will talk about the College’s effort to document the campus experience of COVID-19. This will be a great opportunity for students, staff and faculty interested in Data Science to hang out together and talk about some interesting projects.
- Zoom link: https://brynmawr-edu.zoom.us/j/93561348723