University of Louisville Magazine

SUM 2018

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17 SUMMER 2018 A check for change A pilot program aimed at teaching students about socially responsible investing and social change ended on a successful note at the end of the spring semester. UofL students presented a $500 check to a local nonprofit organization, A Future in H.O.P.E. Youth Services, which works with children getting ready to age out of the state's foster care system. The money was raised through crowdfunding and invested by finance students in the fall semester. The program's success resulted in a new Student Sustainability Fund that will continue to enable students to learn about investing in socially responsible funds and in supporting nonprofits geared toward social change. ONLINE: To learn more about the Student Sustainability Fund, visit elevate.louisville.edu. T wo University of Louisville professors have major plans to train the region's teachers in data science. Professors Stephanie Philipp from the College of Education and Human Develop- ment and Olfa Nasraoui from the J.B. Speed School of Engineering won a $600,000 Research Experience for Teachers grant from the National Science Foundation to train teachers from Jefferson, Bullitt and Carroll counties in big data. The teachers — 30 in all over three years — will learn about big data and data sci- ence, then get practical help developing lesson plans to teach the concepts to their students. Philipp and Nasraoui also are focused on introducing computer science to groups his- torically underrepresented in the field: women, people of color and those with disabilities. "This is a form of professional development that Kentucky teachers seek out but, in a time of limited resources, have trouble finding," said CEHD Dean Ann Larson. "With this grant, the university continues its longstand- ing tradition of supporting local educators through science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) partnerships and career and workforce readiness opportunities in STEM fields for high school students, including underrepresented groups." Starting in June, Nasraoui and Philipp will work with the first cohort of 10 teachers, who will conduct data science research on campus with computer scientists for six weeks. The research activities will last through July 27. "The teachers in our cohort are a diverse group with a diverse population of students," said Philipp, who teaches in CEHD's Depart- ment of Middle and Secondary Education. The project will have an impact beyond STEM teachers, said Nasraoui, who is professor and endowed chair of e-commerce in the Department of Computer Engineering and Computer Science and director of the Knowledge Discovery & Web Mining Lab. "Its impact will be significant as these teachers go back to their classrooms and pass on the knowledge to their students. Thou- sands of students will be exposed to these concepts," she said. Kevin Walsh, associate dean of research and facilities in the Speed School, said the grant was "a huge win" for Uof L and local high school students. "NSF only awarded nine such grants throughout the entire country," Walsh said. "Big data science is such an important field these days, as it is being used to solve real- world problems in numerous fields." Philipp added the project will support "active, long-term collaborative partnerships between teachers and university faculty and students to enhance the knowledge and capacity of teachers through participation in authentic research experiences. We also predict that the university faculty will learn more about how high school teachers support students to think computationally and pre- pare students for college and career." BIG IDEAS FOR BIG DATA

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