Welcome back to Science Fair, Bwog’s weekly roundup of science events happening around campus. As always, email science@bwog.com if you want your event featured.

Computer Science Seminar: David Wong (Humanscale and Fashion Institute of Technology)

  • Tuesday, November 29, 2022. 5:30 to 7 pm.
  • Milstein 516 and Zoom. Registration required.
  • “As an engineer how do you navigate that line, avoiding failure, making it work, hitting your cost and schedules and driving innovation. I worked at Fisher Price for over a decade, taking on roles of increasing responsibility, before truly figuring who defines the problem and only through spectacular failure. This is my story and the lessons learned which ultimately help me grow further as an engineer and a leader.” More information here.

Simulating cosmic ray streaming at the Meso-scale

  • Thursday, December 1, 2022. 4:05 to 4:35 pm.
  • Pupin 1402.
  • “Cosmic ray (CR) protons with energy between 1-300GeV, which dominate the CR population, are believed to be self-confined, i.e. the CRs are scattered by the waves they generate. The end result is that they travel along the magnetic field lines at the local Alfven speed. CRs undergoing this kind of transport are said to be streaming, and in this talk, [Tsun Hin Navin Tsung] will present ‘meso-scale’ MHD+CR simulations exploring the drastic implications of streaming CRs on gas dynamics in galaxies.” More information here.

Observational constraints on planetary dynamical evolution and optimal radial velocity follow-up

  • Thursday, December 1, 2022. 4:35 to 5:05 pm.
  • Pupin 1402.
  • “[Chris Lam] will show preliminary results from an information theory-based approach to optimizing strategies for radial velocity follow-up observations of TESS planet-hosting systems.” More information here.

What is Climate? What is History? What is Climate History?: A Networking Event

  • Thursday, December 1, 2022. 5 to 7 pm.
  • Fayerwather 513. Registration required.
  • “The History and Climate Change Workshop invites you to a graduate student and postdoc networking event on interdisciplinary connections in climate and history. Meet new friends and colleagues in a vibrant community of researchers connecting physical and social records to learn new things about the natural and human worlds and how they interact and overlap. All backgrounds and experiences are welcome. Dinner will be provided.” More information here.

How to Represent Wide-Ranging Family Structures and Personal Identities Using the Latest Pedigree Nomenclature

  • Thursday, December 1, 2022. 6 to 7:30 pm.
  • Online. Registration required.
  • “ ‘Exploring Difference in the Biology Classroom: Bringing together educators and researchers for conversations about the ethical, legal, and social implications (ELSI) of genetics’ is a collaboration between pgEd (Personal Genetics Education Project) and CERA to present the latest ELSI research as a resource for educators to use in the classroom. Each of the four events in this ELSIconversations series will have one or more ELSI researchers presenting new material followed by a discussion and a Q&A session.” More information here and here.

Workshop: Using Natural Language Processing (NLP) to Compare Popular Authors

  • Friday, December 2, 2022. 1:30 to 3 pm.
  • Milstein 516 and Online. Registration required.
  • “In this workshop, participants will learn common Natural Language Processing (NLP) techniques using a dataset of popular works from Project Gutenburg. We will review basic NLP methods including: data cleaning (removing stop and filler words, lemmatization, tokenization), extracting lexical features (word frequency, most common n-grams, etc.), and conducting topic modeling and sentiment analysis using Python. Participants can choose which author to collect these features for and by the end of the workshop, we will compare the writing styles of various authors in the dataset. This is an introductory level workshop. No prior coding experience required – come ready to experiment and have fun!” More information here.

David Borgo – Comparing Domains of Improvisation

  • Friday, December 2, 2022. 6 to 8 pm.
  • Online. Registration required.
  • “David Borgo will provide an overview of themes explored in Sync or Swarm: Improvising Music in a Complex Age (revised edition, 2022), and it will highlight seven of the most common tropes that inform research on musical improvisation—which he has termed the ‘emancipatory’, ‘annunciatory’, ‘Romantic’, ‘cognitivist’, ‘ecological’, ‘predictive’, and ‘post humanist’ tropes—offering some suggestions on how we might integrate insights from each of these into a more comprehensive approach to improvisation studies focused on complementarity.” More information here and here.

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