2013 Event Details
Friday, March 22, 2013 |
Performance Theatre | Don Taft University Center
Nova Southeastern University | Main Campus
Welcome Reception | 6:00–7:00 p.m.
Get your thinking caps on with fun, hands-on activities.
Live music will be provided by the students in the NSU Pro-Musica Chamber Ensemble.
Light refreshments will be served.
Lectures and Videos | 7:00–9:00 p.m.
The evening’s program will begin with a slide show and follow with a combination of live lectures and a selection of video lectures from TED conferences.
Wrap-Up Reception | 9:00–10:00 p.m.
Mingle with attendees and speakers.
Participate in group discussions.
Enjoy coffee and dessert.
Speakers | Lectures
Click on the speakers' names below to learn about their backgrounds, education, and professional experiences.
"The Optimizer: How Targeted Polling Decided the 2012 Elections"
By Jason Gershman, Ph.D.
“The Optimizer” was President Barack Obama’s campaign team’s strategy of using targeted polling and advertising to optimize the number of votes they needed to win in key swing states. The use of demographic data and social media allowed the campaign to use data-mining techniques to win the election. This talk explains the essential mathematics behind “The Optimizer” and how it worked. Political campaigns will never be the same.
Jason Gershman, Ph.D., associate professor and coordinator of mathematics at the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences, earned a Ph.D. in Statistics from Rice University.His areas of research interest include biostatistics, statistical genetics, applied probability, and polling and survey sampling.His data analysis of elections, reality television polling data, and lotteries has been featured on air on primetime TV news programs on Fox, NBC, and ABC affiliates.He has also been featured in the Sun Sentinel, Washington Post, Vancouver Sun, the Montreal Gazette, and in over 300 other regional print and online news sources.In addition, Gershman has presented his work at local, national, and international conferences.
"Lighting the Bulb: Sharing Your Profession and Passion with the Community"
By Emily Schmitt, Ph.D.
Five years ago, Emily Schmitt, Ph.D., challenged herself to merge important components of her professional and personal life with the goal of creating positive change.She asked herself, “What special contribution might I be able to develop as both a biology professor and the parent of growing children throughout their K-12 education?” Schmitt pondered the ways she could help enhance science education and beganto dialog with her children’s schools. This sparked the idea for the Science Alive! program, which has burst from kindling into a roaring fire. Schmitt is excited to share her experience of developing a successful and growing hands-on, community-building initiative that is fun and beneficial for all of the young learners, college students, colleagues, and community members involved.
Emily Schmitt, Ph.D., associate professor and coordinator of biological science at the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences, began as a post-doctoral fellow for The Nature Conservancy. She is driven by a passion to “burst the bulb” of scientific discovery for students of all ages. For the past five academic years, she has been building a network of volunteers (NSU students, alumni, and community members) who venture into local elementary schools to create unique science education experiences for school-age children and their families. Through this program, Schmitt also helps college students follow their chosen career paths in science.
"Just Like Us"
By Marlene Sotelo, Ed.D., BCBA-D, MT-BC
We live in a world that is so diverse—filled with people of different shapes and sizes, cultures and races, and interests and perspectives. But within a world of differences, humans have an innate tendency to gravitate toward people who are similar to themselves. This talk will explore the commonalities between people with autism and the general population, shedding light on how similar we actually are. The presentation will focus on the abilities of autistic individuals within the context of their disability. Furthermore, it will illustrate the capacity of these individuals to be contributing members of society when we understand and support their challenges while emphasizing and building on their strengths.
Marlene Sotelo, Ed.D., BCBA-D, MT-BC, is an adjunct faculty member at the Center for Psychological Studies; director of education and training for the Broward County Satellite Office of the UM-NSU Center for Autism and Related Disabilities; and a board-certified Associate Behavior Analys-Doctoral. Working in the Broward County School system, she acquired experience as a special education, general education, and inclusion teacher. She has provided therapeutic interventions to children with autism and other developmental disabilities both privately and at the Miami Children’s Hospital Dan Marino Center. She has presented and consulted internationally on effective teaching strategies, curriculum development, program monitoring, and positive behavioral support strategies for children with autism.
"Behavior Modification Toward a Sustainable World"
By Michael Voltaire, Ph.D.
Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is the science of systematically applying procedures derived from the experimental analysis of behavior to improve socially significant human behavior. The improved functioning of persons with disabilities has been a long-standing component of ABA. This talk will highlight some basic learning principles derived from laboratory experiments and illustrate how their applications can foster a more optimal functioning of the typically developed population.
Michael Voltaire, Ph.D., assistant professor at the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences, earned a doctoral degree in Life-Span Developmental Psychology from Florida International University. His training rests on sound theoretical and practical grounding in all phases of human development: infancy, childhood, adolescence, and early-, middle-, and late-adulthood. He also holds an M.S. in Psychology with particular emphasis on the experimental and applied analysis of behavior. He is a practicing board-certified behavior analyst. Voltaire’s research interests focus primarily on the acquisition of language with children diagnosed with autism.
"How a Near-Death Experience Shaped Five Teenagers’ Lives"
By Henry Woodman
Think back to your teen years. Would you do anything differently? Do you think you’d be happier with those choices? This talk recounts the journey of five spoiled teenagers from suburbia U.S.A. sent to the remote, impenetrable, and unmapped rainforest of the Mosquito Coast in in Honduras.The teens were on a mission to search for a legendary lost city rumored to have vast quantities of gold. One month into the trip, the boys hatched a murderous plot. The experience inspired a life that will motivate you to live your life.
Henry Woodman, an M.B.A. student at the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship, is the founder and president of ICE Portal, one of the travel industry’s leading rich content management and distribution platforms. Woodman began his entrepreneurial experience by founding several successful enterprises. Initially, he worked in film and television production, earning four Emmy nominations.He then produced and directed videos of worldwide destinations for major travel companies. Woodman later formed the Internet Content Exchange (ICE) Portal. The company’s client list now includes international hotel chains and leading government tourist boards and powers the rich content for travel Web sites, including Orbitz and Priceline.