Upcoming and recent talks:
Artificial Intelligence in Teaching and Learning | A series of talks in 2023 at colleges, universities, and academic conferences around the United States, including South By Southwest Edu, Rutgers University, Montgomery College, University of Alabama System, Johns Hopkins University, St. Edwards University, Virginia Tech, Princeton University, the Mathematical Association of America, the Coalition for Networked Information, and the American Mathematical Society.
How do we ensure AI benefits humans? | Together with Turing Award recipient and 'father of the internet' Vinton Cerf and leading public interest technologist Afua Bruce | Heidelberg Laureate Forum, Germany | September 29, 2023 | As artificial intelligence advancements hurtle forward, society is reckoning with the question of how humans may co-exist with intelligent machines and algorithms they do not fully understand. AI research has contributed incalculable benefits to humankind, including help with developing the COVID-19 vaccine at record speed. At the same time, many esteemed scientists, including some Turing Award recipients, have expressed deep concerns about the direction and speed at which AI is developing. In this conversation, we’ll first discuss the effectiveness—or sometimes ineffectiveness—of universities’ efforts in teaching ethics alongside technology. Next, we will consider instances where early computing pioneers may not have fully anticipated all of the risks of emerging technologies and perhaps could not have done so. Finally, we will discuss some ways in which young AI researchers and entrepreneurs might consider proceeding differently, perhaps by asking questions about the public interest alongside work on technical problems.
How AI Like ChatGPT Is Changing Education | National Public Radio | WNYC - The Takeaway with Melissa Perry | February 2023
How ChatGPT and artificial intelligence are impacting education | WFAE Charlotte's NPR | 2023
Digital Universities US | Chicago, IL | May 2023
Is Higher Education Ready for the Metaversity?
AI Writing in Class: Disruption and Opportunity
Future-proofing Digital Communities
AI's Role in Teaching and Learning | SXSW EDU | Austin, TX | March 2023
A Mathematician's Journey to Science Journalism | Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University | National Science Foundation Spring Opportunities Workshop | January 2023
Reaching the Public: Why, Where, and How to Tell Math and Science Stories in Newspapers, Magazines, and Books | Together with Dan Taber, Oxford University Press | Joint Mathematics Meetings, Boston | January 4, 2023
Diversity and Inclusion in Science Journalism | Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University | September 2022
In Conversation with Steven Strogatz | MoMath National Museum of Mathematics, New York City | August 2022
Science Journalism in Unsettling Times | Johns Hopkins University | May 2022
Conversations Before Midnight | Co-hosted with W. Ian Lipkin, an international authority on the use of molecular methods for pathogen discovery | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists | November 2021
Scientists Get Creative to Engage the Public in Science | A panel discussion with "Father of the Internet" and Google's Chief Internet Evangelist Vinton Cerf | Heidelberg Laureate Forum | September 2021
Why is North Korea Resuming Its Nuclear Programme? | With global nuclear experts | Al Jazeera English | September 2021
China's New Nuclear Silo fields: Negotiating Card or Arms Race Catalyst? | With global nuclear experts | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists | September 2021
From freelance science writer to staffer | Johns Hopkins University | A talk for students in the graduate science writing program | September 2021
An Interview with Science Writer Susan D'Agostino | Mathematical Association of America's Math Values
Pitch your science stories to editors who want them | A workshop with "Father of Public Key Cryptography" Martin Hellman and editors from MIT Technology Review, Quanta, Math Horizons, and the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists | Heidelberg Laureate Forum | September 2021
What Can You Do With a Mathematics PhD? | Rutgers University Association for Women in Mathematics | April 2021
Book Talk: How to Free Your Inner Mathematician | Lexington Community Education | February 2021
Public Science Communication in Mathematics and Computer Science | A panel discussion with Turing Award recipient John Hopcroft, Ilka Agricola, Eva Wolfangel, and Susan D'Agostino | Moderated by Volker Stollorz | Virtual Heidelberg Laureate Forum 2020
My Favorite Theorem podcast with Kevin Knudson and Evelyn Lamb | Episode 58 - Susan D'Agostino
Free Your Inner Mathematician Through Stories | Joint Mathematics Meetings of the Mathematical Association of America and the American Mathematical Society | Denver, CO | January 16, 2020
Highlights From the EDGE Book | Joint Mathematics Meetings of the Mathematical Association of America and the American Mathematical Society | Denver, CO | January 16, 2020
A Roundtable with the EDGE Book Editors – Part 1: How to Write a Successful Mathematics Book Proposal and Part 2: How to Proceed After Your Successful Book Proposal Earns a Book Contract | Joint Mathematics Meetings of the Mathematical Association of America and the American Mathematical Society | Baltimore, MD | January 2019
Undark Episode 33, Part 3: Surviving C. diff Podcast | Director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Graduate Program in Science Writing Seth Mnoonkin interviews Susan D'Agostino, author of Undark essay, "When the FDA Drastically Curbed Fecal Transplants, I Performed My Own" | November 2018
EDGE Turns 20; What Have We Learned? | Joint Mathematical Meetings of the Mathematical Association of America and the American Mathematical Society | San Diego, CA | January 2018
From 2014 - 2017, Susan served as an appointed member of New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan's Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education Task Force, during which she contributed to multiple reports every year and regularly spoke at the governor's press conferences and other state, national, and international conferences.
Keynote Speaker | A Mathematician Comes of Age | Southern NH University Convocation | September 2016
Keynote Speaker | Let's Design a New Hampshire Math and Science Academy | NH Math & Science Academy Design Day | A Gathering of 40 STEM educational and industry leaders | Sandbox Collaborative, Manchester, NH | April 2016
University Engagement in K12 STEM Education | Together with NH Community College Chancellor Ross Gitell, UNH Provost Vasudevan Palligarnai, and Dean of the Dartmouth College Engineering School Joseph Helble | New Hampshire College and University Council | December 2015
Imagining the New Hampshire Math and Science Academy | NH Governor Maggie Hassan’s Press Conference | Announcing the release of the NH STEM Task Force Report | January 2015
Identifying and Nurturing Latent STEM Talent Among First-Generation College Students | Association of American Colleges and Universities Transforming STEM Education: Innovation, Inquiry, and Evidence conference | San Diego, CA | November 2013
A Linear Algebraic Approach to an Old Calculus Standby | Joint Mathematical Meetings of the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association of America | San Diego, CA | January 2013
How Google Harnessed Linear Algebra to Make Billions | Center for Women in Mathematics | Smith College | December 2011
Helping Business Students Acclimate to the Statistics Classroom | Mathfest of the Mathematical Association of America | Lexington, KY | August 2011
Promoting Diversity at the Graduate Level in Mathematics: A National Forum | Mathematical Sciences Research Institute | University of California at Berkeley | October 2008
How I Got Married, Had a Baby and Earned a Mathematics Ph.D. within the Space of Five Years | Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education | A summer program for women in mathematics | Pomona College, CA | June 2003
Smoothing the Transition to Graduate Education for Women in Mathematics | Spelman College | June 1999
I speak on the topics of mathematics, artificial intelligence, higher education, science writing, journalism, and fostering inclusivity in math and science. I live on the New Hampshire seacoast and welcome inquiries about speaking engagements.
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