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Help Bring the Academy to South by Southwest

Darwin wants your vote for the Academy!

Published August 06, 2018

Help Bring the Academy to South by Southwest

Science communication is critical, not just for the scientific community, but for society as a whole. In growing recognition of this fact, non-traditional venues — like the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) conference — have begun inviting science luminaries and cutting edge researchers to explain their work to lay audiences.

This year, the Academy wants to share some of the work underway across our amazing network of researchers, innovators, and Members, with the SXSW community. But we need your help to get there. And Darwin is eager to get your vote!

If you’ve never voted for a SXSW proposal before, follow the links below to learn more about the panels we’ve submitted, then vote for your favorites by doing the following:

  • Login to PanelPicker and click on the “Sign In” link in the top left-hand corner of the page.
  • Click on “Create Account” and type in the required information including your name and email address.
  • Confirm your registration via the email sent to your account.
  • Vote for the Academy’s proposals listed below!

A Framework for 21st-Century STEM Instruction

More than 75% of careers in the next decade will require STEM knowledge and skills in communication, collaboration, and problem solving. In this workshop, participants will explore a research-based framework for developing high-quality STEM curriculum and instruction, allowing students to build the core competencies and 21st-century skills needed to thrive in our modern economy. Additionally, participants will explore lessons they can use in their instruction that are aligned to this framework.

Bringing the Monster to Heel: Responsible AI

Artificial intelligence (AI) is increasingly being used to steer potentially life-changing decisions such as who should be detained when charged with a crime, whether a resume will be passed on for job consideration or who will receive a mortgage. As the stakes increase, so does concern that the historical data used to train AI systems and the algorithms that operate on this data reflect the biases of society and the people who create the algorithms, resulting in unfair and non-transparent outcomes. This panel will explain how AI bias occurs and provide answers on how we can shift the balance toward fairness, transparency, and accountability.

Designing & Evaluating High-Quality STEM Instructional Programs

STEM education is changing — districts, states, and countries are adopting new standards and, as a result, new curriculum. How are instructional programs providing students with opportunities to develop 21st century skills? To what extent do materials/programs reflect research-based pedagogy? To what extent are supports/services available to facilitate effective implementation? Come explore a research-based framework to guide the development and evaluation of STEM instructional programs.

Preventing the Cambridge Analytica of Health Data

In the future, your medical prognosis may be may be predicted by data from fitness monitors, genetic testing kits, insurance databases, web searches, or even your cell phone’s GPS. Want to participate in a clinical trial? No need to visit the doctor’s office, just click “I agree,” and you’re enrolled! Taking healthcare digital is exciting — it has the potential to expand beyond the academic medical center and the traditional clinical trial. It can also democratize research by making studies more accessible to underserved and remote communities, making data more diverse and inclusive. But as we freely share our information, and as tech companies edge into the healthcare sphere, what protections are needed for ourselves, and for our data?

Remember to vote early, and let your social media circle know why you want to see the Academy and our network at South by Southwest!