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Weapons of Math Destruction: A Conversation w/ Cathy O'Neil

Thursday, December 8, 2016
4:00pm – 5:00pm

Storrs Campus
Dodd Center, Konover Auditorium

Cathy O’Neil earned a Ph.D. in math from Harvard, was a postdoctoral fellow in the MIT math department, and was a professor at Barnard College, where she published a number of research papers in arithmetic algebraic geometry. She then switched over to the private sector, working as a quantitative analyst for the hedge fund D.E. Shaw in the middle of the credit crisis, and then for RiskMetrics, a risk software company that assesses risk for the holdings of hedge funds and banks. She left finance in 2011 and started working as a data scientist in the New York start-up scene, building models that predicted people’s purchases and clicks. Cathy wrote Doing Data Science in 2013 and launched the Lede Program in Data Journalism at Columbia in 2014. She is a weekly guest on the Slate Money podcast, and her latest book, Weapons of Math Destruction, is about the dark side of big data.

Contact:

Ralf Schiffler, ralf.schiffler@uconn.edu

Mathematics Department (primary), College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, UConn Master Calendar

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