November 14, 2017

The Quad [Nov. 15]: Four things to know from Anna Maria, Worcester State, Assumption and Clark

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Anna Maria hosts Clothesline Project

Anna Maria College will host the Clothesline Project from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow.

This project was started in 1990 by a group of women from Hyannis to create awareness regarding the issues and lack of support for women who were victims of domestic violence.

Throughout the day, T-shirts will be hung on a clothesline in the college’s Bishop Flanagan Center telling the victims’ stories. Since the project’s inception in 2011, more shirts have been added to the collection totaling over 300 shirts filled with stories of Anna Maria individuals who wanted to show their stories and show their support.

This project is sponsored by the Molly Bish Center for the Protection of Children and the Elderly at Anna Maria.

Worcester State will hold immigration program

Worcester State University faculty will be hosting a community briefing on immigration at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow in room 102 of the Ghosh Science and Technology Building.

The event will include readings from anonymous interviews with WSU DACA students, immigration attorneys Randy Feldman and Richard Iandoli, and Liza Ryan of Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition.

The event is free and open to the public.

Assumption introduces Data Analytics major

Beginning in the fall 2018 semester, Assumption College will offer a major in data analytics. The new major will help students understand who we are and where we’re going — and how best to use that knowledge — by providing the research, programming and critical analysis skills needed to make data-informed decisions in a variety of fields. Students will learn how to gather, process, and evaluate large amounts of information, and what it means for the rest of the world.

Advances in computer technology have created an explosion in the acquisition and storage of vast quantities of data in an array of fields. This sudden change has created the need for mathematically and computationally trained graduates who can analyze this data and make recommendations based on those investigations. This major will provide students with the knowledge and skill set to serve as data analysts in a variety of fields including public health, product development, scientific research, marketing and neuroscience. The new academic program will also provide the knowledge base for students intending to pursue graduate work in data science.

According to a study done by McKinsey Consulting, it is projected that by 2018, there will be hundreds of thousands of data analytics positions available in the United States. As an initial response to serve this need, Assumption approved a minor in data analytics in the spring of 2016. The major is intended to substantiate Assumption’s offerings.

“There exists a sustained demand for well-educated data analysts who can analyze complex data sets and ask the right questions, communicate well, and address ethical concerns and issues,” said Joseph Alfano, Ph.D., assistant professor of mathematics and department chair of mathematics and computer science. “Drawing from Assumption’s expert mathematics and computer science faculty, as well as those from other departments, the College has created a unique major and minor that will certainly complement other areas of study.”

As part of the data analytics major, Assumption will offer five new courses in the field of study: Statistics Programming, Data Visualization, Large Data Sets, Machine Learning, and Capstone in Data Analytics. The rigorous program will require 45 credits/15 courses in data analytics, which include required courses in relevant areas of artificial intelligence, computer science, mathematics and statistics.

The data analytics major is guided by Assumption’s identity as a Catholic college. As such, within the program, students are afforded opportunities to explore not the major’s required and elective courses, but also many other disciplines.

AAC&U highlights Clark as ‘Civic Responsibility by Design’ model in education

Clark University’s new interdisciplinary major, Community, Youth and Education Studies (CYES),  housed in the Education Department, is among models singled out in a nationwide project highlighting innovative academic programs that empower graduates for civic and social responsibility.

The Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) recently launched an initiative to focus on ways to make civic learning and democratic engagement an expectation for all students. Clark is among only 13 institutions whose departmental designs will be featured as “Civic Responsibility by Design” case studies on AAC&U’s website.

Through various case studies, AAC&U aims to “illustrate the practice of applying a civic lens and the strategies that led to the integration of civic ethos, literacy, inquiry, and action in the majors and areas of specialized studies.”

Read the entire story on the Clark University website

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