CSUB's School of NSME and BPA Host Big Data Symposium

As Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs continue to increase, so do the industries supporting them. The Schools of Natural Science, Mathematics and Engineering (NSME) and Business and Public Administration (BPA) at California State University, Bakersfield, along with the Kegley Institute of Ethics and County of Kern, are hosting the “Big Data Symposium” for 200 Kern High School District computer science students on Thursday, Oct. 12. in the CSUB Student Housing East Multipurpose Room.


“The Big Data Symposium will showcase the exciting ways in which this type of new technology is being used at CSUB and in Kern County,” said Philosophy and Religious Studies Professor, Nate Olson. “We hope that Kern High School District students will walk away inspired to learn more about big data and better aware of why data needs to be used and managed
responsibly.”

The day will bring scientists, engineers, government, and industry officials together to look at how large data sets can be used. It also provides an opportunity for those in similar fields to meet
one another and a chance for students to engage in job fields available to them.

“Big data is a rapidly growing field that fuses computer science, business analytics, and information sciences to analyze massive and complex data streams,” said CSUB Computer and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department Chair Dr. Melissa Danforth. “While big data has a vast potential to improve the human condition, such as being used for public health analysis, big data also has many implications with respects to privacy in the modern era and the ethics of analyzing vast datasets of personal information. The CEE/CS Department has invited
the AP Computer Science students from KHSD to this event to educate them about this exciting field and to expose them to the social impacts of computer science.”

Media may arrive at 11:30 a.m. for the keynote speaker, Dr. Michelle Quiogue. Dr. Quiogue’s education includes a Family Medicine Residency at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles, Liberal Medical Education at Brown University, and a bachelor’s degree in Medical Anthropology, with Honors, also from Brown University. She has recently presented at symposiums and conferences, most recently at California Academy of Family Physicians CME “Physician Wellness: Love What You Do” and Southern California Permanente Medical Group Women in
Medicine Symposium.

“The Big Data Symposium showcases the importance of data in the community, where local governments, like Kern County, collect data to determine strategies that will maximize value to
residents,” said Karmeena Morales, fiscal and policy analyst in the County of Kern Administrative Office. “Similarly, higher education institutions, such as CSUB, can partner with local governments to provide the educational tools to develop future analysts and promote student success.”

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