Our Lightning Talks bring together projects and participants from across college disciplines and fields around data. Below are upcoming events and past events, and you can also find full event details and watch videos.

  • Women in Data Science Conference

    Please consider attending the Middlebury Women in Data Science (WiDS) 2024 conference! The conference will feature three Middlebury faculty providing lightning talks on their work in data science, an alumni panel from recent Middlebury graduates who currently work in data science positions, and a keynote talk by Assistant Professor Sarah Brown from the department of Computer Science at University of Rhode Island. Everyone is welcome to attend the WiDS conference! Food and prizes will be provided.

    Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103

    Closed to the Public
  • Data Science Across Disciplines

    Join midd.data for a Lightning Talk with panel speakers David Allen (Biology), Jessica L’Roe (Geography), Amy Yuen (Political Science), Genie Giaimo (Writing & Rhetoric), and Gyula Zsombok (French/Linguistics).

    Join the faculty and students from the Data Science Across the Disciplines course to hear about their experiences and findings, and to discuss broader implications for providing all students equitable and inspiring access to data and digital tools.

    Register for the in-person lunch by 5/2 or to receive the Zoom link.

    Davis Family Library 105A

    Closed to the Public
  • NOWSPACE with Michelle Leftheris

    Join midd.data for a Lightning Talk with Michelle Leftheris (Studio Art). NOWSPACE is an online, live-streaming observatory which collects video from cameras pointed at the sky across North America. In this immersive, web-based artwork, multiple streams are collaged into singular compositions of a synthesized view of the nation’s skies.

    Davis Family Library 105A

    Closed to the Public
  • Building a History Lab and Finding Wonder in the Boring

    Dan Bouk, Associate Professor and Chair of History, Colgate, created a History Lab for students to contribute research to his recent book on the 1940 Census. Join us for lunch to learn about their collaborative work and to discuss ways in which humanists can learn from and teach with all the stuff “shrouded in cloaks of boringness”: bureaucracies, budgets, censuses, and all sorts of public and private numbers.

    Davis Family Library Center for Teaching, Learning and Research

    Closed to the Public
  • Discovering Quantum Phases of Matter with Machine Learning with Chris Herdman

    Join midd.data for a Lightning Talk with Chris Herdman (Physics). The familiar phases of matter we encounter every day—solids, liquids and gases—are well described by the laws of classical physics. Yet when matter is cooled down to very low temperatures, quantum mechanical effects can become important and transform ordinary matter into a quantum phase of matter.

    Davis Family Library 105A

    Closed to the Public
  • Trump, COVID, and Other Apocalypses: Ancient Eschatology in the Modern Media

    Join midd.data for a Lightning Talk with Christopher Star (Classics). This talk will include a report on Star’s ongoing diachronic study of the use of the word “apocalypse” and related ideas in the press. For centuries apocalypse typically referred to the book of Revelation, the final book of the Christian Bible.

    Davis Family Library 105A

    Closed to the Public
  • Partisan Political Beliefs and Social Learning

    Join midd.data for a Lightning Talk with Andrea Robbett (Economics). American politics is currently characterized by polarized beliefs about otherwise verifiable realities, a pathology often ascribed to the influence of “echo chambers” on like-minded partisans. We conducted an online experiment to characterize the demand for, and use of, social information about political beliefs.

    Davis Family Library 105A

    Closed to the Public
  • Women in Data Science Conference

    Please join us for a Women in Data Science conference where speakers from both within and outside Middlebury discuss their experiences and engagement with the field of data science. This event will include presentations by academic and industry professionals, as well as a faculty panel featuring Professor Myers (Economics department) and Professor Abe (Japanese department). Snacks will be provided!

    Axinn Center 229

    Closed to the Public
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    Canceled: The Diffusion of the Culture Wars in North America and Europe

    Join midd.data for a Lightning Talk with Erik Bleich (Political Science). Americans are used to mediatized debates about the culture wars. But how recently have terms like “politically correct”, “Islamophobia”, “systemic racism”, “white privilege”, and “Black Lives Matter” entered our public lexicon? And how does this compare to their usage in primarily Anglophone countries like Canada and Britain, and non-Anglophone countries like France and the Netherlands? With William & Mary co-author A.

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    The Wilds: A New Mixed Reality Performance

    Join midd.data for a Lightning Talk with Laurel Jenkins (Dance). Jenkins will discuss The Wilds—a new mixed reality performance experience where movement instantly becomes music as emerging technology allows dancers to create an immersive journey of sound, light, and visual media in real time. Part mythology, part utopian vision, The Wilds fuses live dancers with motion capture technology and real-time animation inspiring a profound bond of a shared, collective experience.

    Davis Family Library Center for Teaching, Learning and Research

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