What is Convocation?
Convocation is a special gathering of a group of people for the purpose of focusing on a particular topic. SUNY Broome’s annual student Convocation Day, will be held on Tuesday, April 4th 2017, to bring together the College community and, in spirit, the larger community of which the College is a part to address the role that Big Data plays in all of our lives, whether as college students, loan applicants, candidates for health insurance and as employees under evaluation for job performance..
Convocation Day Spring 2017 – Tuesday, April 4th
The campus-wide Convocation Committee is pleased to announce that Cathy O’Neil, data scientist and author of the best seller, Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and threatens Democracy, has been selected as our 2017 Convocation Day speaker. O’Neil earned a Ph.D. in mathematics from Harvard University and taught at Barnard College before moving to the private sector where she worked for a hedge fund. She then worked as a data scientist at various start-ups, building models that predict people’s purchases and clicks. Dr. O’Neil stared the Lede Program in Data Journalism at Columbia University and is the author of Doing Dating Science. She appears weekly on the Slate Money podcast. O’Neil is also the author of the blog mathbabe.org
Convocation 2017 will focus on important and relevant themes such as how big data affects social justice; whether democracy is served or undermined by the use of big data; how algorithms determine our credit ratings, internet searches and many other aspects of our daily lives; how to learn the judo of understanding and circumventing big data.
We hope that O’Neil will inspire students to consider how big data affects their lives in college, their job prospects and their future employment, credit ratings and how social media affects their lives in a democracy. Please note that Tuesday April 4, 2017 is Convocation Day on which no day or evening classes will be held.
Convocation 2017 will focus on important and relevant themes such as social justice and big data; news media, democracy and big data; discovering the important roles that your personal data plays in your job search, health insurance and credit scores; recognizing and monitoring how algorithms are used to influence the careers and financial opportunity of the citizenry.
Attention Teaching Faculty: Important information regarding the Convocation Faculty Scholars program and the Wednesday January 25, 2017 Convocation Institute for teaching faculty will be released shortly. Note that our three previous Convocation Institutes for teaching faculty have filled up quickly and over 80 teaching faculty enrolled as Convocation Faculty Scholars in 2016.
More About the Themes of Convocation Day, 2017
Convocation 2017 will focus on important and relevant themes such as as the use of Big Data in social media, news media, banking, employment, evaluations, etc.
Campus-Wide Convocation Day Committee Members
Professor Irene Byrnes (Chair)
Professor Anne Haner-Uncapher, Health Sciences Division
Dr. Victor Lamoureux, Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics Division
Associate Librarian, Amanda Hollister, Library
Instructional Designer, Tera Doty-Blance, Teaching Resource Center, Adjunct Faculty Member
Professor Gian Roma, Business and Public Services Division
Professor Carla Michalak, Liberal Arts Division
Orion Barber, Student Assembly