Gelman will add 120 new study carrels (with outlets!) to the 3rd floor before Final exams begin!
Weekdays April 18-25 between 6am-2:30pm there will be some disruption to the 3rd floor while old furniture is removed and new furniture is installed.
Time flies! Is your paper done? Gateway Library@Johnson Center, Mason’s Writing Center, and Mason’s Office of Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research (OSCAR) are sponsoring two Undergraduate Research & Write-In sessions on April 24 and May 2. Gateway Library and Mason Writing Center staff will be available during each Research Write-In to assist undergrads with their specific research and writing needs in a structured environment. Gateway Library Instruction Room (Room 228) is the venue - a space for quiet work, free from distractions! Students should bring their own laptops; library laptops will be available, too. Registration is required. Space is limited to 25 students per session. Free meal provided for you!
For more information, contact Royce Gildersleeve, firstname.lastname@example.org, 703-993-9867.
Niki Akhavan, assistant professor of media studies, will discuss her book Electronic Iran: The Cultural Politics of an Online Evolution in the May Gallery of Mullen Library on Thursday, April 10th at 5:00pm.
Electronic Iran explores the idea of an Iranian internet both in terms of virtual and offline spaces. Focusing on the years between 1998 and 2012, Akhavan discusses how a variety of actors from the state and its supporters to online activists, have constructed, challenged, and defended concepts of Iranian identity and politics. The book surveys overlooked aspects of the Iranian blogosphere to develop a more complete look at its dynamic landscape. Electronic Iran shows the transformative effect digital media can have on local and transnational geopolitics.
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Big data is here to stay, as it should be. But let’s be realistic: It’s an important resource for anyone analyzing data, not a silver bullet.
The New York Times weighed in on data this week with Eight (No, Nine!) Problems With Big Data by Gary Marcus and Ernest Davis. There is great faith in statistical correlations and “big data” predictions leading to Artificial Intelligence (AI) breakthroughs. “Big data”, while seen as an “adjunct to science inquiry”, may not be the revolutionary 4th Paradigm of Science – read more The Fourth Paradigm : Data-intensive Scientific Discovery by Tony Hey (et.al.)
The Open Data initiative announced by the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is bearing some fruit according to George Leopold of datanami. Read his April 9, 2014 article Survey Finds Open Data Boosting U.S. Economy.
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