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Computational Thinking, Visualization and the Advancement of Science in the Twenty- First Century

Bryant York
Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer
Professor of Computer Science, Portland State University

Thursday, 22 May 2014, 8:00 pm
Smith Memorial Student Union 327-329
Portland State University

Parking free after 7 pm in Structures 1 and 2 | campus map
TriMet access via MAX Green and Yellow Lines and Portland Streetcar
The lecture is free and open to the public.

In this talk I will discuss the roles of computational thinking and visualization in advancing computing research and science in the rest of this century. It is well accepted that mental visualization is critical to the development of thought experiments, which are often the portals to new science. Within a given individual, the interplay between biological, cultural, social, psychological, religious, and cognitive structures will necessarily impact visualization construction. In turn, little is understood concerning how the constructed visualizations are mysteriously mapped to cognitive symbolic and computational structures supporting logical inference and scientific discovery. I will present examples from various cultural perspectives to highlight different approaches and potentially unique geometries of thought for diverse cultural groups. During the talk I will inject anecdotes from my personal history and efforts at increasing diversity in STEM disciplines and how these efforts influenced my ideas on this topic. I will conclude with some thoughts on potential pathways, both computational and visual, for thought experiment enhancement in diverse young researchers. 

Dr. York is Professor of Computer Science at Portland State University. He received the PhD in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst and prior to becoming a professor held research positions at IBM Research Labs and Digital Equipment Corporation Artificial Intelligence Technology Center.

Chapter Annual Meeting, Banquet, and Lecture: Thursday, 22 May 2014
Smith Memorial Union 327-329, Portland State University
6:00 pm: Annual Meeting and Reception
7:00 pm: Banquet, Initiation, and Awards (for Sigma Xi members and guests, reservations required)
8:00 pm: Lecture by Bryant York (open to the public, see above)
Kindly e-mail or telephone reservations to Tom Hard (h a r d t {a~t} pdx.edu or 503-235-3221). Please
reserve as early as possible, with vegetarian request if desired. The absolute deadline for reservations is
Monday 20 May. After reserving, please pay for banquet at door by cash or check (no credit cards).
Non-students $30; current student members $20; but newly inducted Sigma Xi members are banquet
guests of the Chapter if they reserve a place.

Scott Burns, the VP of this chapter and a recently retired professor of geology at Portland State University, was selected Outstanding Oregon Scientist for 2014 by the Oregon Academy of Science. 

Save these dates!

Thursday, May 22, 2014, Smith Memorial Union 327-329: chapter annual meeting, banquet, initiation, awards, Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer Bryant York, Computational Thinking, Visualization and the Advancement of Science in the Twenty- First Century

June 17-20, 2014, AAAS Pacific Division meeting at UC Riverside. SX NW and SW Regions will attend and will sponsor a reception, make awards for student research, and hold an event for Sigma Xi members.