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September

Nerdology

September 16, 2016
9:00 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.
Norris University Center - Louis Room

Put a team together and come for the infectiously fun show, Nerdology! This program is a mix of awesome games and trivia interspersed with fun audience interactions.

First Presidential Debate

September 26, 2016
8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Norris University Center

Join fellow students and Political Science faculty to watch Norris’ live screening of the first presidential debate between candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, held at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.

NUpredicts: Nate Silver

September 28 - October 5, 2016

NUPredicts is hosting a game about the World Series and the Election! We will compare what NUpredicts with what Nate Silver predicts. The game will go live at 9:00 AM on Wednesday, September 28, and will close at 11:59 PM on Wednesday, Oct 5. To play, go to nupredicts.northwestern.edu. Restriction: Only people with a Northwestern NetID can play. 

October

Vice Presidential Debate

October 4, 2016
8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Norris University Center

Join fellow students and Political Science faculty to watch Norris’ live screen of the vice presidential debate between candidates Tim Kaine and Mike Pence, held at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia.

Nate Silver Keynote

October 6, 2016
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Pick-Staiger Concert Hall

Author Nate Silver will be on campus on Thursday, October 6th at Pick Staiger to give the One Book One Northwestern keynote address. The program will begin at 4:30 pm. The doors will open at 3:45 pm. There will be a book signing in the lobby following the keynote. Copies of the book will be available for purchase in the lobby. 

This program is free and open to the public. Tickets will be available starting September 15th at 12:00 PM. at Norris box office or online. Reserve your free ticket @ nbouniversitytickets.com. Overflow seating will be available at Cahn Auditorium should the event sell out.

Friday Night at the Movies: The Believers

October 7, 2016
7:00 p.m.
Ryan Family Auditorium (Room L165, Technological Institute), 2145 Sheridan Road

Northwestern Engineering and the Engineering Transdisciplinary Outreach Projects in the Arts (ETOPiA) are proud to present The Believers. The film chronicles the controversial events surrounding two University of Utah chemists' attempts at cold fusion. Following the movie, there will be a discussion with the film's co-directors, NU alumni Clayton Brown and Monica Ross, as well as Northwestern faculty.

Signal v. Noise: Campus-Wide Puzzle Hunt

October 8, 2016
Evanston Campus

Hidden among the buildings, shrubbery, signage, and people of NU’s campus are eight hidden names. We’ll give you just enough information to find these names, all of which have something to do with the themes of the book. Gather your friends, find the names, and solve your way to the final prize. Registration: knightlab.northwestern.edu/puzzlehunt. Please note: we cannot accomodate day-of signups, you must be registered in advance to participate.

Second Presidential Debate

October 9, 2016
8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Norris University Center

Join fellow students and Political Science faculty to watch Norris’ live screen of the second presidential debate between candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, held at Washington University in St. Louis in St. Louis, Missouri.

Famous Failed Predictions

October 17 - December 16, 2016
Main Library, One South

When it comes to predicting political events, social trends, and financial markets, separating the signal from the noise has resulted in some of the most prescient forecasts of all time. This exhibit, created by the One Book fellows and ambassadors, addresses famous failed predictions.

Northwestern Climate Change Symposium: Water-Energy-Climate Nexus

October 13, 2016
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Norris University Center Louis Room South (Room 205B), 1999 Campus Drive

Please join us for Northwestern's Climate Change Symposium: Water-Energy-Climate Nexus. This event is co-sponsored by the Northwestern Center for Water Research, Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN), and the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.

Caleb Gardner of BarackObama.com: "Elections and the Media"

October 14, 2016
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
McCormick Foundation Center Forum, 1870 Campus Drive

Caleb Gardner, former lead strategist and editorial voice for BarackObama.com, Organizing for Action, and @BarackObama, will discuss "Elections and the Media: How to Break Out of our Bubbles and Scale Civility.” Caleb is an insatiably curious digital thought leader with unique professional experience, from startups to nonprofits, and Fortune 100 clients to heads of state, including management of the fourth largest Twitter account in the world.

Friday Night at the Movies: Particle Fever

October 14, 2016
7:00 p.m.
Ryan Family Auditorium (Room L165, Technological Institute), 2145 Sheridan Road

Northwestern Engineering and the Engineering Transdisciplinary Outreach Projects in the Arts (ETOPiA) are proud to present Particle Fever. The film follows the story of six brilliant scientists seeking to unravel the mysteries of the universe, documenting the successes and setbacks in the planet's most significant and and inspiring scientific breakthrough. Following the movie, there will be a discussion with physics professor André de Gouvea and Ian Low, fellow at the Northwestern Argonne Institute of Science and Engineering.

Jason Salavon

October 18, 2016
4:00 p.m.
Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, Kresge Hall, #2350

Using software processes of his own design, Jason Salavon generates and reconfigures masses of communal material to present new perspectives on the familiar. Salavon will discuss his artwork — including photographic prints, installations, and software projects — as well as his creative process.

Third Presidential Debate

October 19, 2016
8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Norris University Center

Join fellow students and Political Science faculty to watch Norris’ live screen of the third presidential debate between candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, held at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada.

From Personal Credit to Market Debt: How Loans Became Commodities

October 20, 2016
12:15 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.
Harris Hall 108

Louis Hyman (Cornell University) will give a talk in collaboration with the Chabraja Center for Historical Studies and the Kaplan Institute for the Humanities. Catered lunch provided.

SPS Symposium for Online Programs: Roundtable on Nate Silver's The Signal and The Noise

October 21, 2016
1:00 p.m. - 1:40 p.m.
Wieboldt Hall, 339 East Chicago Avenue

A conversation about The Signal and the Noise will be facilitated by Sports Administration Faculty Brice Clinton of CSG International and Douglas Bakker of DePaul University Athletics. RSVP to spsalumni@northwestern.edu by Friday, Oct. 14.

Homecoming and Reunion Weekend: One Book One Northwestern Discussion

October 21, 2016
4:00 p.m.
Norris University Center, Northwestern Room

Join Northwestern alumni and One Book faculty chair and Northwestern Engineering professor Stephen H. Carr for a discussion of this year’s book, Nate Silver’s bestselling The Signal and the Noise.

NUpredicts: The Election

October 25 - November 7, 2016

Join the Northwestern community in predicting the next President of the United States and see if you are smarter than the pundits. The game is fun not only fun, it also has relevant academic significance. Assistant professor Thomas Ogorzalek in political science will use the information in his academic research. Go to nupredicts.northwestern.edu to access the app.

Please note: players must have a valid NetID to play.
Prizes will be awarded to top winners.

Book Discussion: Politics

October 26, 2016
5-6 PM
University Library, New Book Nook

Join the Northwestern Community in discussing The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver and the role of data and predictions in politics with Assistant Professor Thomas Ogorzalek.

Ogorzalek is a professor in both Political Science and Urban Studies in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, a Faculty Associate in Northwestern's Institute for Policy Research, and a Faculty Fellow at the Center for Civic Engagement. As co-Director of the Chicago Democracy Project, he researches the relationship between rapid demographic change, city politics, and major shifts in American political history. 

Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Please RSVP to onebook@northwestern.edu

Toward Computationally Rational Language Processing and Language Design

October 28, 2016
3:30 p.m.
Annenberg Hall, 303

Richard L. Lewis, Professor of Psychology and Linguistics at the University of Michigan, will talk about theories capturing the adaptive nature of human behavior and how the computational subsystems of the mind and brain work together.

Friday Night at the Movies: Tim's Vermeer

October 28, 2016
7:00 p.m.
Ryan Family Auditorium (Room L165, Technological Institute), 2145 Sheridan Road

Northwestern Engineering and the Engineering Transdisciplinary Outreach Projects in the Arts (ETOPiA) are proud to present Tim's Vermeer. The film follows inventor Tim Jenison as he seeks to understand the painting techniques used by Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer. Following the movie, there will be a discussion with EECS professor Aggelos Katsaggelos, IEMS professor Jorge Nocedal and Mark Walton, senior scientist at the NU/AIC Center for Scientific Studies in the Arts.

Chicago Humanities Festival Lecture: Hasan Elahi: Art and Surveillance

October 29, 2016
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Block Museum of Art

How do our lives translate to data? After 9/11, American interdisciplinary artist Hasan Elahi was the subject of an intensive, erroneous FBI investigation. He responded by putting his entire life online, from his financial data to transportation logs. The resulting project, “Tracking Transience,” explores the relationship between location, repetition, technology, and surveillance in the media age. Go to chicagohumanities.org to purchase tickets.

November

Dittmar Dinner: Data as Art

November 1, 2016
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Norris University Center, Dittmar Gallery

Engineers depend on the ability to collect and analyze data. Data visualization has more impact than numerical summaries. Join us for a talk by Professor Bruce Ankenman, Co-Director of the Segal Design Institute, about a class where artists and engineers bring datasets to life.
Please RSVP here to attend.

Famous Failed Predictions: Reception

November 2, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Main Library, One South

When it comes to predicting political events, social trends, and financial markets, separating the signal from the noise has resulted in some of the most prescient forecasts of all time. This exhibit, created by One Book fellows and ambassadors, addresses famous failed predictions. Come meet them in person, see the exhibit, and enjoy refreshments in the library.

Chicago: City of Big Data

November 3, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Pancoe ENH Abbott Auditorium

Cities have been collecting data to manage day-to-day activities, such as filling pot holes, responding to 911 calls, crimes, and much more. Chicago is using data science to drive decision-making by combining the variety of data from various city systems and public sources of data to predict events like food inspection issues, lead inspections and rodent outbreaks. Tom Schenk Jr., Chief Data Officer for the City of Chicago, will discuss how data science is used in Chicago to be more efficient and improve the quality of life for residents.

Speeches and Actions in the 2016 Election: A Panel Discussion on Social Movements and the Public Sphere

November 3, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Lutkin Memorial Hall
700 University Place

The past decade has seen the stunning emergence of movements seeking to shape American politics, and technologies which give new opportunities for spreading a message. Experts and leaders of social movement politics, including Northwestern political scientist Chloe Thurston and Malik Alim from the Chicago-based Black Youth Project and the Roosevelt Institute, share insights about what to expect in the upcoming election and beyond. Please register here to attend this event.

Macbeth: A Staged Reading

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Kathryn Walsh

November 11, 2016
7:00 PM
Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive

In the 2016 One Book One Northwestern book selection, Signal and the Noise, author Nate Silver unpacks our obsession with predicting the future, and gives us a number of examples of how we often fail, despite our best knowledge and intentions. Similarly in Macbeth, Shakespeare gives us another view of that obsession. With their perspective warped by their desires, the Macbeth's imagine they can see ahead clearly. What we have in Macbeth is a great tragedy of confirmation bias and the horrible consequences of believing too strongly in the power of prediction. Join us for a special staged reading of this classic Shakespearian drama performed by Northwestern students. 
RSVP at wirtz.northwestern.edu/special_events to reserve your free ticket. Open to the public.

The Master of Science in Analytics: Seminar Series

November 17, 2016
4:00 p.m.
Krebs Classroom, 2311 N. Campus Drive, Suite 1400

The Master of Science in Analytics: Seminar Series Talk with Matthew Abrams, Investment Partner, Seven Peaks Ventures. The MSIA Seminar series brings industry leaders and analytics experts to help educate current students interested in the analytics field.

Book Discussion: Economy

November 17, 2016
5-6 PM
University Library, New Book Nook

Join Economics professor Jeff Ely to discuss the predictability of the 2008 market crash, international economies, and the stock market today.

Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Please RSVP to onebook@northwestern.edu

Dhrumil Mehta, journalist at FiveThirtyEight, talks about his work

November 28, 2016
1-2 PM
University Hall 101

Dhrumil Mehta is a Database Journalist at FiveThirtyEight, as well as a Democracy and Technology fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. He builds and maintains databases and writes and reports on issues around elections and politics. Dhrumil holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Northwestern University where he focused on artificial intelligence and natural language processing. His research focused on understanding political environments by computationally studying political rhetoric. He was previously a Software Engineer at Amazon and an intern with the Mediacloud project at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard as well as a student fellow at the Knight Lab for Media Innovation at Northwestern.
http://fivethirtyeight.com/contributors/dhrumil-mehta/
https://www.linkedin.com/in/dhrumilmehta
Sponsored by: 
One Book One Northwestern
The Knight Lab
Cognitive Science Program
Career Services
MMSS

Web Science is Turning 10 Years Old

November 29, 2016
10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Allen Center

A global web-a-thon that starts in Singapore, then Bangalore, Berlin, London, and ending in Evanston from 10.30 am -1.30 pm on Nov 29th at the Allen Center called “Web Science is turning 10 years old” We have a very impressive line up of speakers including Larry Birnbaum, Jeremy Birnholtz, Agnes Horvat, Karen Smilowitz, Brian Uzzi, Dashun Wang, Ellen Wartella from NU as well as Rob Ackland from Australia and Jim Hendler from RPI. 

December

Hearing A Who: How talker identity shapes language processing throughout development

December 2, 2016
3:30 PM
Chambers Hall

Comprehenders process not just words and sentences—they also process speakers. Adult comprehenders consider the source when comprehending spoken language, but adults are sensitive to many types of context. How early in development, and how readily, do comprehenders use a talker’s identity or group membership in language processing? Sarah Creel, assistant professor of cognitive science at UC San Diego, will discuss language acquisition and language processing in this talk.

January

Museum of Science and Industry Tour

January 7, 2017
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Buses will leave from McCormick Foundation Center at 11:00 a.m and return at 4:00 p.m.

Sign up to explore the MSI with NU faculty docents. Some highlights include: Living in the Future, Understanding the Weather, and Genetics and the Baby Chick Hatchery. Enjoy time to explore on your own and eat lunch at the museum. To sign up, go to http://www.engage.northwestern.edu/nuinchi/register/.

Book Discussion: Public Health, Terrorism and Medicine

January 12, 2017
5:00 - 6:00 PM
University Library, New Book Nook

Please join Epidemiologist and Assistant Professor of Health and Biomedical Informatics Nicholas Soulakis to discuss forecasting seasonal illness, detecting outbreaks and monitoring for bioterrorism.

Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Please RSVP to onebook@northwestern.edu

Allison McCann of Vice News Tonight

January 17, 2017
2:00 - 3:00 PM
Swift Hall, Room 107

Allison McCann is a data reporter at Vice News Tonight, a nightly news show on HBO, and an adjunct professor at Parsons The New School in the Master of Science in Data Visualization program. She worked previously at FiveThirtyEight for 2.5 years as a visual journalist.

Predicting the 2016 Presidential Election: What Went Wrong with the Polling?

January 17, 2017
5:00 - 6:00 PM
Online

With many pollsters assuring a Clinton victory, the 2016 presidential election shocked data experts nationwide and left many wondering how researched predictions could miss the mark. Were polls influenced perhaps by possible biases of researchers, or did we rely too much on certain types of polls? In an online panel hosted by Northwestern University School of Professional Studies (SPS), four authorities weigh in on the role of polling in presidential elections and the future of predictive analytics in political campaigns. Panelists include CNN political contributor, and SPS alum, Patti Solis Doyle, SPS MS in Predictive Analytics director Tom Miller, Medill professor Larry Stuelpnagel, and SPS predictive analytics and information design faculty member Marianne Seiler.

To register for this event, please send an email with your first and last name to rsvpsps@northwestern.edu. If you are a current student, please type “Student” in the subject line of your message. Please note that space is limited and registration is required to attend. All those who register will receive a recording of the event. If you are interested in this important topic, you can register, even if you are uncertain of whether you’ll be able to join the live version.

How Should I Invest? What the Efficient Market Hypothesis Does and Does Not Say

January 17, 2017
7:00 - 8:00 PM
Jacobs Center, Room 1246

Nate Silver re-articulates “It is hard to tell how many investors beat the stock market over the long run... but we know that most cannot relative to their level of risk...so unless you have inside information, you are probably better off investing in an index fund.” Robert A. Korajczyk, Professor of Finance at Kellogg, will discuss.

'Data As Art': Exhibition Opening Reception

January 20, 2017
5:30 - 6:00 PM
Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center
2133 Sheridan Road

Data as Art is a fall-term course co-taught by faculty from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and Northwestern Engineering. In this course, students from both institutions work across multiple disciplines to engage in a critical dialogue about information visualization and to conduct collaborative research using data sets.

The final projects represent data on a platform of visual art. Data as Art culminated in an exhibition of the projects at SAIC’s LeRoy Neiman Center where the students’ work was on display in December.

Now it is our turn to welcome the exhibition, which will be on display in Ford’s atrium for the next month. Refreshments will be served at the reception.

Dittmar Dinner: How Factors From Before You're Born Affect Your Future

January 24, 2017
5:30-7:00 PM
Norris University Center, Dittmar Gallery

Join NU students in an open discussion about how “big data” is helping to uncover why some people have a head start and others face hurdles to success before they’re even born. Facilitated by Institute for Policy Research Director David Figlio. RSVP: onebook@northwestern.edu

Stress Interaction Between Slow and Fast Earthquakes

January 25, 2017
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Chambers Hall, Lower Level (600 Foster Street)

The Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems (NICO) presents a talk from seismologist Kevin Chao in which he discusses the 2011 earthquake and subsequent tsunami off the coast of Japan. Chao will talk about how the the findings from this study can enhance our understanding of the interaction among tremor, slow slip, and megathrust earthquakes in high seismic hazard regions. Refreshments will be served.

Movie Screening: Hidden Figures

January 28, 2017
10:00 PM (doors open at 9:30 PM)
Century 12 Evanston/CineArts6
1715 Maple Avenue

A team of African-American women provide mathematical data for NASA's first successful space missions. The showing is open to current Northwestern students and is co-sponsored by NU Nights. RSVP and reserve your tickets here: https://forms.dosa.northwestern.edu/view.php?id=614658.

February

NUpredicts: Women's basketball

Predictions open up on January 27th, the game is on February 1st
7:00 PM
Welsh-Ryan Arena

Come cheer on the 'Cats against the Wisconsin Badgers. To play, go to nupredicts.northwestern.edu. Restriction: Only people with a Northwestern NetID can play.

Spotlight Series: Climate Change

February 2, 2017
5:00 - 6:00 PM
University Library, New Book Nook

Join Earth and Planetary Sciences Assistant Professor and climate scientist Yarrow Axford on Groundhog Day to discuss climate change. She has investigated past climate change in the Arctic for twenty years, taking her to remote study sites in places like Greenland, and she teaches courses at Northwestern on the physical science of climate change.

Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Please RSVP to onebook@northwestern.edu

Super Bowl Watch Party

February 5, 2017
5:30 PM
Norris University Center

Come watch the Super Bowl with fellow students. Make your own predictions as to who will win. Light snacks will be available.

Do Matchmaking Algorithms Work?

February 9, 2017
7:00 PM
Harris 107

For many singles searching for love, computers and smartphones have replaced yentas and bars. Psychology Professor Eli Finkel will show how technology has brought big data, and big data have brought matchmaking algorithms. Do these algorithms work? We’ll use machine learning to find out.

Hilary Fung of Quartz Media

February 15, 2017
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Tech LR4

How do we tell good data stories in a media environment that’s fast-paced, mobile, and driven by social media? Hilary Fung (WCAS Class of 2012) will discuss approaches she has used at Quartz and The Huffington Post, focusing on how graphics and visuals can communicate complex ideas.

NUpredicts: The Oscars

Predictions are open from February 18th until February 25th (the show is on February 26th)

Join the Northwestern community in predicting the 89th Academy Awards. To play, go to nupredicts.northwestern.edu. Restriction: Only people with a Northwestern NetID can play.

Academy Awards Watch Party

February 26, 2017
6:00 PM
Norris University Center

Join us to watch the Oscars!

NUpredicts: Men's Basketball

Predictions open up on February 27th, the game is on March 1st
6:00 PM
Welsh-Ryan Arena

Make your pregame predictions here: nupredicts.northwestern.edu. You can sign on starting on February 27th right up until the game starts. Restriction: Only people with a Northwestern NetID can play.

Tutorial: Telling the stories of your analysis

February 28, 2017
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Swift Hall 107

Neuroscience, psychology, and learning design researchers keep confirming what may seem obvious: storytelling is a key way human minds remember and make sense of information. Sara Grady – editor of HELIX magazine and science writing instructor at Northwestern – will unpack successful science stories and explore the nuts and bolts of narrative. Event run by the Cognitive Science Program.

The End of White Christian America: Reflection on the Apparent Paradox of the 2016 Election

February 28, 2017
7:00 PM
Alice Millar Chapel

Robert P. Jones is the founding CEO of PRRI and a leading scholar and commentator on religion and politics. He is the author of The End of White Christian America, two other books, and numerous peer-review articles on religion and public policy.

Samantha Bee

February 28, 2017
8:00 PM
Cahn Auditorium 

Samantha Bee is a political satirist and star of her own late-night show, Full Frontal, on TBS. She is also a former Daily Show correspondent and author of the memoir, "I Know I Am But What Are You?" Rebecca Traister, who will be moderating the event, is the New York Times best-selling author of All the Single Ladies and a writer at large for New York Magazine. Tickets are Sold Out. Doors open at 7 PM. Sponsored by One Book, Northwestern University College Democrats, and A&O Productions.

March

NU Mens' Basketball vs. Michigan

March 1st, 2017
6:00 PM
Welsh Ryan Arena

Come cheer on the 'Cats against Michigan. To play, go to nupredicts.northwestern.edu. Restriction: Only people with a Northwestern NetID can play.

Now They See It: Visual communications of the patterns in your data

March 7, 2017
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Swift Hall 107

Within a well-designed graph or data visualization, the eyes can be a powerful tool for understanding patterns in data. But within a poorly-designed depiction of the same data, the same tasks can be inefficient, or even overwhelming. This workshop will combine an overview of data visualization techniques with hands-on exercises to illustrate how to clearly present your data to both your research colleagues and to non-technical audiences and will be led by Steve Franconeri, Professor of Psychology and Director of the Cognitive Science Program. Event run by the Cognitive Science Program.

Bias in Big Data - How Information Systems can Perpetuate Inequality

March 27, 2017
4:00 PM
Norris Lake Room

A talk by Michelle Birkett, Ph.D., director of the CONNECT Program in ISGMH. Dr. Birkett will present several examples of how social inequalities are present within and perpetuated by data systems. Interactive conversation will be encouraged on how researchers and consumers of research can remain vigilant in detecting and combating this hidden bias. This event is co-sponsored by the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, the Institute for Gender and Sexual Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH), and One Book One Northwestern.

NUpredicts: Baseball

Predictions open up on March 29th, the game is on April 1st (Note: There will only be pregame predictions)
11:00 AM
Rocky and Berenice Miller Park

Make your pregame predictions here: nupredicts.northwestern.edu. You can sign on starting on March 29th right up until the game starts. Restriction: Only people with a Northwestern NetID can play.

Superstorms, Climate Change and the Future of Cities

March 30, 2017
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Segal Visitor Center

Instances of natural disasters are on the rise, and few places are ready. In this talk, Eric Klinenberg draws on his recent New Yorker article “Adaptation” and his book on the infamous Chicago heat wave to explore the concept of “climate-proofing” our cities. 

April

NU Baseball vs. Air Force

April 1st, 2017
11:00 AM
Rocky and Berenice Miller Park

Come cheer on the 'Cats against Air Force to see if your predictions hold true!

Spotlight Series: Sports

April 5, 2017
5:00 - 6:00 PM
University Library, New Book Nook

Please join Professor Tom Severini, who teaches in the Statistics Department, as he will give a talk on predictions in the sports world. He joined Northwestern in 1990 after receiving a PhD from the University of Chicago and is the author of four books, including Analytic Methods in Sports -- Using Mathematics and Statistics to Understand Data from Baseball, Football, Basketball, and Other Sports.  Tom is originally from Pittsburgh and has been following the Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins for nearly 50 years. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP to onebook@northwestern.edu

NUpredicts: Lacrosse

Predictions open up on April 13th, the game is on April 15th (Note: There will only be pregame predictions)
3:30 PM
Lanny and Sharon Martin Stadium

Make your pregame predictions here: nupredicts.northwestern.edu. You can sign on starting on April 13th right up until the game starts. Restriction: Only people with a Northwestern NetID can play.

NU Lacrosse vs. Duke

April 15th, 2017
3:30 PM
Lanny and Sharon Martin Stadium

Come cheer on the 'Cats on against Duke to see if your predictions hold true!

Signal and Noise in our Weather and Climate

April 20, 2017
6:30PM
Owen L. Coon Auditorium in Donald P. Jacobs Center (2001 Sheridan Road)

Please join WGN-TV Chief Meteorologist Tom Skilling, University of Illinois Harry E. Preble Endowed professor, IPCC coordinating lead author, and former White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Assistant Director for climate science Don Wuebbles, and Senior Fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs Karen Weigert for a discussion of Signal and Noise in Weather and Climate, and their implications on policy design and implementation.

The event is free and open to the public.

Complexity, Networks and Disease Dynamics with Dirk Brockmann

April 24, 2017
4:00 PM
Technological Institute Room LR4 

The last decade has witnessed the emergence and global spread of new, often highly contagious and virulent pathogens that spread across the globe in a matter of weeks or months. Emergent infectious diseases have not only become a key threat to global public health, but carry the potential of yielding major economic crises. Understanding and predicting the geographic spread of emergent infectious diseases has become a major challenge to epidemiologists, public health organizations and policy makers. Large-scale computer simulations that integrate methods from statistical physics, complex network theory and dynamical systems theory have become a key tool in this context. Dirk Brockmann will report on state-of- the art research in this area and will focus on the role that network science plays in understanding disease dynamics in small and large scale populations.

Brockmann, Physicist and Professor at the Institute for Biology at Humboldt University of Berlin, will report on state-of-the-art research in this area and will focus on the role that network science plays in understanding disease dynamics in small and large scale populations.

Sponsored by One Book, ESAM, and NICO.

Signal and Noise in Science

April 27, 2017
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Swift Hall 107

Professor Daniel Simons (University of Illinois) will discuss how reasoning errors have led to a reproducibility ‘crisis’ and how improved scientific practices can better filter the signal from the noise. His talk will be followed by a panel discussion among Prof. Simons and three Northwestern faculty: Jennifer Tackett, Blake McShane, and Eli Finkel. Event run by the Cognitive Science Program.

May

Amanda Cox, Editor, NYT Upshot

May 3, 2017
5:00 PM
Harris Hall, room 107

Amanda Cox is a statistician, data visualization expert, and visual journalist. She is the editor of the New York Times' Upshot, where her team creates clear explanations of data-driven analyses. 

Chris Moore of the Chicago Cubs

May 9, 2017
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Segal Visitors' Center Auditorium

Chris Moore, director of research and development with the Chicago Cubs, will be in conversation with Economics professor Jeff Ely concerning the use of analytics in baseball, the 2016 World Series and other baseball-related issues.

Is the Route to Human Intelligence Paved with Big Data? -- CANCELLED

May 17, 2017
4:00 PM - 6:15 PM
Fisk 217

The success of machine learning techniques – particularly “deep neural networks” – has led many to predict that they will lead to both radically improved technology, and a better understanding of the human mind and brain.

Cents and Sensibility with President Schapiro and Professor Morson

May 22, 2017
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Harris 107

Join Political Union in a discussion with President Schapiro and Professor Morson about their new book, Cents and Sensibility.

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