Statistician and data-journalism pioneer Nate Silver to speak in SMU’s Tate Distinguished Lecture Series May 5, 2015

Jones Day Lecture

Statistician and data-journalism pioneer Nate Silver to speak in SMU’s Tate Distinguished Lecture Series May 5, 2015

Nate Silver, SMU Tate speaker

Statistician, author and blogger Nate Silver – who has earned a national spotlight with his innovative analyses of political polling – will deliver the next Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture of 2015. Silver gives the Jones Day Lecture at 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 5 in McFarlin Auditorium.

Follow Nate Silver on Twitter: @NateSilver538

Before his work in politics, Silver established his credentials as an analyst of baseball statistics. He developed the acclaimed sabermetric system PECOTA (Player Empirical Comparison and Optimization Test Algorithm), which predicts player performance, career development, and seasonal winners and losers.

He first gained national attention during the 2008 presidential election, when he correctly predicted the results of the primaries and the presidential winner in 49 states. In 2012, he called 50 of 50 states. The accuracy of Silver’s analyses and predictions, and the innovative ways in which he arrived at them, led TIME Magazine to name him one of The World’s 100 Most Influential People in April 2009. In 2013, he was listed at #1 on Fast Company magazine’s list of The 100 Most Creative People in Business.

In 2010, Silver’s FiveThirtyEight blog was licensed for publication by The New York Times. The site won Webby Awards for Best Political Blog from the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences in 2012 and 2013.

> Learn more about Nate Silver’s work at FiveThirtyEight.com

The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver

Today, Silver is pioneering the new field of data journalism with the new FiveThirtyEight, recently relaunched in partnership with ESPN. The new format allows Silver to cover a wider range of topics, including politics, sports, science and travel. He also appears as an ESPN on-air commentator.

Silver’s first book, The Signal and the Noise, reached the New York Times best-seller list and was named the #1 best nonfiction book of 2012 by Amazon.com, as well as winning the 2013 Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science. Silver has also contributed chapters to several books in the Baseball Prospectus series, including Mind Game, Baseball Between the Numbers, and It Ain’t Over ‘til It’s Over.

Silver earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Chicago in 2000. Since then, he has received four honorary doctorates.

Tuesday’s evening lecture is sold out, but SMU students may attend for free with their University ID if seats become available. They may meet in the basement of McFarlin Auditorium at 7 p.m.

Silver will answer questions from University community members and local high school students in the Turner Construction/Wells Fargo Student Forum at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 5 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom. The Forum is free, but seating is limited. SMU faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend; RSVP online to ensure a place.

To ask Silver a question via Twitter, send a tweet to @SMUtate with the hashtag #SMUtate.

> Visit SMU’s Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series homepage

May 5, 2015|Calendar Highlights, News|

Health expert Sanjay Gupta to deliver 2012-13 Tate Lecture Nov. 27

Dr. Sanjay GuptaNeurosurgeon, public health policy expert and CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta visits SMU Tuesday, Nov. 27 for the 2012-13 Tate Distinguished Lecture Series. He will give the Jones Day Lecture at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium.

Based in Atlanta, Gupta plays an integral role in CNN’s reporting on health and medical news for shows including “Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien,” “Anderson Cooper 360°,” and network documentaries. In addition, he anchors the weekend medical affairs program “Sanjay Gupta, M.D.” Gupta also contributes to CNN.com and CNNHealth.com. He has reported from earthquake- and tsunami-ravaged Japan and provided live coverage of the unprecedented flooding in Pakistan in 2010. He earned two Emmy Awards for his reporting in Haiti after the devastating 2010 earthquake.

In 2003, Gupta embedded with the U.S. Navy’s “Devil Docs” medical unit, reporting from Iraq and Kuwait as the unit traveled to Baghdad. He provided live coverage of the first operation performed during the war, and performed life-saving brain surgery five times himself in a desert operating room. In addition, he contributed to the network’s 2010 Peabody Award-winning coverage of the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico – as well as its 2006 Peabody Award-winning coverage of Hurricane Katrina, where his Charity Hospital coverage for “Anderson Cooper 360°” resulted in a 2006 News & Documentary Emmy for Outstanding Feature Story. In 2004, Gupta traveled to Sri Lanka to cover the tsunami disaster that took more than 155,000 lives in Southeast Asia, contributing to CNN’s 2005 Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Award.

Gupta’s passion for inspiring Americans to lead healthier, more active lives led him to launch “Fit Nation,” CNN’s multi-platform anti-obesity initiative. In 2011, “Fit Nation” follows the progress of Gupta and six CNN viewers as they inspire each other while training for a triathlon.

Follow Sanjay Gupta on Twitter @SanjayGuptaCNN

In addition to his work for CNN, Gupta is a member of the staff and faculty at the Emory University School of Medicine. He is associate chief of neurosurgery at Grady Memorial Hospital and regularly performs surgery at Emory University and Grady hospitals. He holds memberships in the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Neurological Surgery, a certified medical investigator, and a board member of the LiveStrong Foundation.

Before joining CNN, Gupta completed neurosurgical fellowships at the Semmes-Murphey Neurologic and Spine Institute in Memphis and at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor. In 1997, he was selected as a White House Fellow, serving as a special adviser to First Lady Hillary Clinton.

Gupta contributes to the CBS news magazine “60 Minutes” and “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley.” He is the author of two best-selling books, Chasing Life (2007) and Cheating Death (2009), both of which became companion documentaries for CNN.

A native of the Detroit metropolitan area, Gupta earned his B.S. degree in biomedical sciences from the University of Michigan, where he also received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree in 2012 for his accomplishments in the medical field. He earned his M.D. degree from the University of Michigan Medical School.

The evening lecture is sold out, but SMU students may attend for free with their University ID if seats become available. Gupta will answer questions from University community members and local high school students in the Turner Construction/Wells Fargo Student Forum at 4:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom.

The Forum is free, but seating is limited. SMU faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend; RSVP online to ensure a place. To ask Gupta a question via Twitter, send a tweet with the hashtag #SMUtateGupta. A moderator will ask some of these questions during the event.

Learn more about this year’s Tate Lectures at smu.edu/tateseries

November 27, 2012|Calendar Highlights, News|
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