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.
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.
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.