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2021 A&S Spring Science Week

Monday, April 12, 2021 to Friday, April 16, 2021
8:00 am to 6:00 pm

The School of Arts and Sciences cordially invites you to to celebrate science and innovation during the 2021 Arts and Sciences Spring Science Week. Events include a movie screening and director Q&A, a graduate student virtual poster session, and lightning talks by A&S faculty, undergraduate students, and graduate students.

Monday, April 12 and Tuesday, April 13

All Day

Screening of CODED BIAS, a documentary film by Shalini Kantayya 

Coded Bias explores the fallout of MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini’s discovery that facial recognition does not see dark-skinned faces accurately, and her journey to push for the first-ever legislation in the U.S. to govern against bias in the algorithms that impact us all. Discussion and Q&A with director Shalini Kantayya will be Wednesday, April 14 (3:00-4:00 pm).

CLICK HERE to register for virtual screening link (movie will be available April 7-14)

Wednesday, April 14

12:00-1:00 pm

A&S Undergraduate Student Lightning Talks 

Undergraduates from the School of Arts and Sciences will give 5-minute lightning talks on their recent research projects.

Webinar:  https://wpi.zoom.us/j/97198386887  

Moderator: Doug Petkie, Professor & Department Head, Physics 

Presenters: 

  • Justin Polcari, Biology & Biotechnology and Professional Writing
  • Katie Donovan, Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • Isabelle Chan, Robotics Engineering & Mechanical Engineering
  • Sarah Tarantino, Biology & Biotechnology
  • Zhiefei Ma, Mathematical Sciences & Computer Science
  • Ryan Lamarche, Computer Science
  • Seneca Warren, Sustainable Engineering Design
  • Derek Byrne, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Michael Osei, Computer Science
  • Megan Varney, Physics
  • Brady Jeong, Physics

3:00-4:00 pm

 
Discussion and Q&A with Shalini Kantayya, director of CODED BIAS 

Webinar: https://wpi.zoom.us/j/95469615585 

Moderators:

  • Crystal Brown, Assistant Professor, Social Science & Policy Studies
  • Gillian Smith, Associate Professor, Computer Science

Filmmaker Shalini Kantayya’s, Coded Bias, premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival to critical acclaim. Coded Bias was broadcast nationally on Emmy-award winning series Independent Lens and will stream on Netflix globally in Spring 2021. The film won a SIMA Award for Best Director, and has been nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award, and a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Documentary, among others.

Friday, April 16

12:00 - 1:00 pm

 

A&S Faculty Lightning Talks

Webinar:  https://wpi.zoom.us/j/92566811004   

Moderator: Craig Wills, Professor & Department Head, Computer Science 

Presenters:

  • Lindsay Davis, Assistant Teaching Professor, Humanities & Arts
  • Loris Fichera, Assistant Professor, Robotics Engineering
  • Elizabeth Ryder, Associate Professor, Biology & Biotechnology
  • Stacy Shaw, Assistant Professor, Learning Science and Technology
  • Alex Smith, Social Science & Policy Studies
  • Samuel Walcott, Associate Professor, Mathematical Sciences
  • Kun-Ta Wu, Assistant Professor, Physics
  • Ali Yousefi, Assistant Professor, Computer Science

3:00-4:45 pm

A&S Graduate Student Lightning Talks

Zoom linkhttps://wpi.zoom.us/j/92787706830?pwd=VFdnenB2bXpsMmNoSnVwNmtsWVJmdz09 

Passcode: 795855

Moderator: Arne Gericke, Professor & Department Head, Chemistry & Biochemistry

Presenters:

  • ML Tlachac, Data Science
  • Abhishek N. Kulkarni, Robotics Engineering
  • Teagan Bate, Physics
  • Huaming Sun, Bioinformatics & Computational Biology
  • Elizabeth DiLoreto, Biology & Biotechnology
  • Guin Gilman, Computer Science
  • Julia Martin, Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • Elisa Negrini, Mathematical Sciences
  • Karen Royer, Interactive Media & Game Design
  • Geri Dimas, Data Science
  • Hannah Smith, Learning Sciences & Technologies
  • Sabine Hahn, Biology & Biotechnology
5:00-6:00 pm
A&S Graduate Student Virtual Social/Happy Hour

Zoom meeting link:  Zoom linkhttps://wpi.zoom.us/j/92787706830?pwd=VFdnenB2bXpsMmNoSnVwNmtsWVJmdz09 

Passcode: 795855

Events

Monday, April 12Wednesday, April 14Friday, April 16
  • Friday, April 16, 2021
    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    A&S Faculty Lightning Talks
    A&S Faculty Lightning Talks

    As part of the 2021 A&S Spring Science Week, faculty from the School of Arts & Sciences will give 5 minute lightning talks about their research and scholarship.

    Webinar: https://wpi.zoom.us/j/92566811004  

    Moderator: Craig Wills, Professor & Department Head, Computer Science 

    Presenters:

    • "Black Squares, White feminists & Performative Activism" - Lindsay Davis, Assistant Teaching Professor, Humanities & Arts: 
    • “Bringing the Light Inside the Body to Perform Better Surgery" - Loris Fichera, Assistant Professor, Robotics Engineering
    • “Bridging Biology & Computer Science to Engage High School Students in Solving Real-World Problems” - Elizabeth Ryder, Associate Professor, Biology & Biotechnology
    • “Understanding the Aha! Moment of Insight" - Stacy Shaw, Assistant Professor, Learning Science and Technology
    • "Collaborative Policy Design and Evaluation" - Alex Smith, Social Science & Policy Studies
    • "Bridging the Gap Between Molecular and Cellular Biology with Mathematical Models" - Samuel Walcott, Associate Professor, Mathematical Sciences
    • "Flow Coupling Between Active and Passive Fluids Across Interfaces of Compressed Active Droplets" - Kun-Ta Wu, Assistant Professor, Physics
    • "Mathematics and Statistics Role in Development of the Next-Generation Treatments for Severe Psychiatric Illnesses" - Ali Yousefi, Assistant Professor, Computer Science
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  • Friday, April 16, 2021
    3:00pm to 4:45pm

    A&S Graduate Student Lightning Talks
    A&S Graduate Student Lightning Talks

    Graduate students from the School of Arts and Sciences will give 5-minute lightning talks on their current research.

    Webinar:  https://wpi.zoom.us/j/92787706830?pwd=VFdnenB2bXpsMmNoSnVwNmtsWVJmdz09  Passcode: 795855

    Moderator: Arne Gericke, Professor & Department Head, Chemistry & Biochemistry

    Presenters:

    • ML Tlachac, Data Science
    • Abhishek N. Kulkarni, Robotics Engineering
    • Teagan Bate, Physics
    • Huaming Sun, Bioinformatics & Computational Biology
    • Elizabeth DiLoreto, Biology & Biotechnology
    • Guin Gilman, Computer Science
    • Julia Martin, Chemistry & Biochemistry
    • Elisa Negrini, Mathematical Sciences
    • Karen Royer, Interactive Media & Game Design
    • Geri Dimas, Data Science
    • Hannah Smith, Learning Sciences & Technologies
    • Sabine Hahn, Biology & Biotechnology
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  • Friday, April 16, 2021
    5:00pm to 6:00pm

    A&S Graduate Student Virtual Social & Happy Hour
    A&S Graduate Student Virtual Social/Happy Hour

    Zoom meeting link:  TBD

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