The PACM and DSA Newsletter allows you to learn more about applied math and data science by including interesting journal articles, interactive dashboards, upcoming events (such as career panels, seminars, and conferences), significant news articles, and featured profiles of faculty, alumni, and industry professionals. By providing you with timely and relevant information we help you to stay up-to-date with the fields of applied math and data science.
New Episode Available September 1st
The Buffalo State Data Talk podcast introduces you to how data is used and explores careers that involve data. Buffalo State Data Talk is produced by members of the Industry Advisory Board. Transcripts for each episode can be found on our website.
Episode 1: Automation in manufacturing, how human interactions fit with data, an interview with Achintya Pillai from Panasonic/Tesla in Buffalo Episode 2: Non-profit evaluation, a data career without a STEM background, an interview with Jessica Weitzel from VIA Evaluation, a women owned business
Listen to a teaser for episode two here.
Murray Richburg is the newest Adjunct Faculty member joining the Professional Science Master's family at Buffalo State! Murray will be teaching PSM 601: Project management for Math and Science Professionals. Description of course here.
Murray is an IT professional with 20+ years of experience in data management, project management, leadership, and process involvement in the health care, software engineering, and financial service sectors. He currently is the Assistant Vice President of Technology at M&T Bank.
What did you enjoy most about Buffalo?: It is nice to spend my study abroad period at Buff State. Buffalo is a peaceful city, very quiet, a good fit for doing research.
What advice do you have for current students?: Please never give up and believe your abilities, especially in Dr. Ghosh classes. From my perspective, I suggest students keep open and participate in more activities. Buff State is a wonderful university, you can see the beautiful campus, you can meet knowledgeable faculties, and finally, you can get more than you imagine.
In this the article the author look at multiple studies studies which combined mathematical models to predicted the magnitude and timing of the COVID-19 epidemic peak and the final epidemic size. However, these studies don't take into consideration a number of factors including indirect transmission pathways (from the environment to human hosts), or the fact that transmission rates may change with changes in epidemiological and socioeconomic status.
One of the scheduled speakers, Daniel Arribas-Bel, is the co-author of some of the tutorials used in GEG 584 – Geospatial Programming. Also, Luc Anselin, a principle developer of pysal (python spatial analysis libraries) which is use extensively in GEG 584, will also be speaking. Click here for a full list of speaker.
Data science in the everyday
Fired Florida Data Scientist Creates New Dashboard
Rebekah Jones, a data scientist who worked for the Florida Department of Health, was fired after refusing to manipulate data to make it look like the state was ready to reopen.
In an article from NPR, "She says that on the state's dashboard, any person who tests positive will be counted as a positive test only once, no matter how many times they test positive. But aperson who tests negative will be counted over and over again each time they test negative for the coronavirus." Full article can be found here.
Rebekah then made her own dashboard, available here. Which the state argues uses inaccurate data. While the two dashboards have similar layouts there are differences in the number of cases reported. Compare to the Florida Department of Health Dashboard here.
MIT Technology Review
The MIT Technology Review is a publication, originally founded at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. which identifies and analyzes emerging technologies and their commercial, social and political impacts.
Check out all the articles related to the election in their Election 2020 thread. You can read up to 3 articles for free. Also take some time to check out the many other threads and articles available from the MIT Technology Review.
September 1st Episode 2 of Buffalo State Data Talk is available