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Diversity and Collective Performance

April 17, 2012
List Art 110
11:00 AM

How do we explain the ability of collections of individuals to make more accurate predictions and to formulate more innovative solutions to problems? In other words, what underpins the wisdom of crowds and what enables swarm intelligence? The answer: individual competence and collective diversity. Successful crowds and groups leverage distinct categorizations, representations, and heuristics to find better solutions and to more accurately forecast.

(Distributed April 17, 2012)

Mirages of Equality: Progress of Women in Science at MIT, 1971 to 2009 - A Public Lecture by Professor Nancy Hopkins

October 21, 2009
4:30 PM (Reception to Follow)
Sidney Frank Hall, Room 220
185 Meeting Street

Nancy H. Hopkins is the Amgen, Inc. Professor of Biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In this presentation, Professor Hopkins looks back on what has been learned at MIT about invisible barriers that inhibit women's advancement in science and steps MIT took reduce such barriers. She asks whether conscious and unconscious barriers still inhibit women's full participation in science.

(Distributed October 21, 2009)

Institutional Transformation and Women in the Sciences - A Public Lecture by Dr. Sue Rosser

January 29, 2009
4:00 PM (Reception to Follow)
Smith-Buonanno 106
Pembroke Campus

Sue V. Rosser of Georgia Tech will outline ways in which higher educational institutions’ engagement with the issues of women in the sciences can widen the path to success for all faculty.  She will identify key barriers that must be addressed for universities to better retain women scientists and engineers, and the challenges and rewards of institutionalizing ADVANCE goals.

(Distributed January 29, 2009)
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