Events

UMass Education Club

Mar 20

Hear from inspiring teachers. Connect with others interested in education. Get involved in service and teaching opportunities. Come join the Education Club at UMass to connect with others passionate about education!

Location: 

Furcolo 102

Data Visualization Using R

Mar 22

This workshop will be an introduction to applying data visualization tools in R. This workshop is intended for participants with minimal experience using R. We will explore some of the basic graphing and plotting features available in R. Attendees should bring their own computers and we will provide assistance with installing the software if needed.

Location: 

W007 Furcolo

Civics, Smartphones and Score Reports

Mar 25

Hear from Dr. Howard Wainer, Principal Research Scientist, Emeritus, Educational Testing Service; and Distinguished Research Scientist, Emeritus, National Board of Medical Examiners.

Effective communication requires the same qualities as does being an effective citizen. In this talk we will explore how to improve different kinds of written communications, ranging over score reports for mental tests, health reports from medical tests, and the outcomes of other deliberative processes. These will be illustrated with some very fine examples and some that are considerably less so.

Location: 

N113 Furcolo

Graphs as Poetry

Mar 25

Hear from Dr. Howard Wainer, Principal Research Scientist, Emeritus, Educational Testing Service; and Distinguished Research Scientist, Emeritus, National Board of Medical Examiners.

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.

Location: 

W201 Furcolo

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