[Chicago] Several items that may be of interest to group members

Jonathan Tonkin tonkinjs at yahoo.com
Fri Oct 23 18:10:55 CEST 2009


While this may not be directly related to group topics, here are several items that may be of interest to group members. 

1.) (shortest first) The Chicago Chapter of the ACM is now on Facebook and Twitter.  Join our Facebook Group (http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=59120137059) or follow us on Twitter (username:  chicagoacm).

2.) My former grad advisor, Dr. Richard Neapolitan, is giving a talk today, October 23rd, 2009.  This is a warm-up to a presentation he will give to Google in November.  If you are interested, here are the details. 
Towards Pragmatic Statistics
Friday, Oct. 23 at 7pm
Northeastern Illinois University, Lech Walesa Hall 3096 

We now have a pragmatic president, pragmatic economists, and even pragmatic philosophers. However, we still have the dogma of the .05 significance level dominating statistics. I will discuss how blinding adhering to current conventional standards in statistics can lead us down the wrong path and I will offer alternatives.

If you don't know Dr. Neapolitan, it would probably be good to send him an email in advance (RE-Neapolitan at neiu.edu). 
(Sorry about the short notice.)

3.) Chicago Chapter of the ACM, October 27, 2009: "Serious Games"

A joint meeting with the Loyola University Computer Science Department

Speaker: Maria Klawe - ACM Distinguished Speaker

"Serious Games"

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Loyola University Lake Shore Campus
Life Sciences Building Auditorium (Room LSB-142)
1032 W Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60660

Admission: Free (General Admission, No Reserved Seats)
To make a reservation, use this form:
or send an e-mail to greg at neumarke.net or call Greg at 773-907-3308 (work)

About the Topic:
Ever since video games first invaded pinball arcades, there has been a parallel development in creating games for job training and education. This talk describes a variety of current serious game projects including Senior Prom, a version of Dance Dance Revolution for elders, and web-based math games for K-12.

More details at: http://www.chicagoacm.org/ 


Jonathan Tonkin 


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