STEM Speaker Series and Events

2020-2021 STEM Speaker Series
Fun with Publicly Available Baseball Data in R
Gregory J. Matthews, Ph.D.
3 p.m., Tuesday, March 2
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This talk is largely divided into two distinct sections. In the first part, it will be demonstrated how to access several different publicly available sources of baseball data such as the Lahman database and Statcast, and demonstrate how to analyze the data with R. Basic statistical methods of analysis and data visualizations will be demonstrated using this data. In the latter part of the talk, an overview of the openWAR framework, an open source version of the Wins Above Replacement metric, will be presented.

Dr. Gregory J. Matthews is an associate professor of statistics and director of the data science program at Loyola University Chicago. He received his Ph.D. in statistics from the University of Connecticut in 2011 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the School of Public Health at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2014. In 2016, he, along with Ben Baumer and Shane Jensen, won the SABR Conference Research Award for Contemporary Baseball Analysis for his work on openWAR, and in 2014 he won the March Machine Learning Mania Kaggle contest as part of a team with Mike Lopez.

Sponsored by the Center for Promoting STEM 

The Pandemic within the Pandemic: Understanding Implicit Bias in the Age of COVID-19
Nicole Mosley, M.D.
2 p.m., Thursday, March 11
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In medicine, implicit bias are the unconscious attitudes or stereotypes that care providers hold toward certain groups of people which affect providers’ understanding, relationship with patients, and medical decisions. Dr. Mosley will discuss ways implicit bias in medicine leads the negative patient health outcomes and results in a disproportionate percent of deaths due to COVID-19 among African Americans and Hispanics in the U.S. But, how can we change something we are not aware of? Mosley offers that increasing knowledge and understanding of the ways implicit bias shows up in medicine is one step toward decreasing the inequity in healthcare.

Dr. Nicole Mosley is a board-certified family medicine physician with the Franciscan Physician Network in Crown Point, Indiana. She graduated summa cum laude from Jackson State University. She earned her medical degree and completed her family medicine residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She has presented her research on the topic of implicit racial bias at the North American Primary Care Conference.

Sponsored by the Center for Promoting STEM.

X+Y: A Mathematician's Manifesto for Re-thinking Gender
Eugenia Cheng, Ph.D.
3 p.m., Tuesday, March 23
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What if we could do the impossible and remove gender from the equation? From imaginary numbers to the fourth dimension and beyond, mathematics has always been about imagining apparently impossible things. In this talk I will reveal a transformative new way of talking about the patriarchy, mansplaining and sexism: a way that empowers us to make the world a better place for all of us. I will draw on a combination of precise mathematical reasoning, techniques of abstract mathematical thinking, and my experiences as a woman in the male-dominated field of mathematics.

Eugenia Cheng, Ph.D. is Scientist in Residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Honorary Visiting Fellow at City, University of London. Cheng holds a Ph.D in pure mathematics from the University of Cambridge, won tenure in Pure Mathematics at the University of Sheffield, UK, and has previously also taught at the Universities of Cambridge, Chicago, and Nice. She is also a math columnist for the Wall Street Journal and a concert pianist.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Promoting STEM and Oakton Honors Program.

Sivakumar Ramu, PhD
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM, TUESDAY, MARCH 29
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As the founder and president of Radiance Biosciences, a COVID-19 research company, Sivakumar Ramu, PhD will discuss the principal advantages and disadvantages of various COVID-19 testing options. Ramu will also discuss the effective vaccines and their mechanisms of action. This presentation is of particular interest to students in health career fields.

Sponsored by the Center for Promoting STEM.

Oakton STEM Student Organizations

Oakton Affiliate of Society of Women Engineers (Oakton SWE)

Join Oakton Society of Women Engineers to learn how to start a career in engineering and support women in engineering. Fill out the Oakton SWE membership form to receive news and announcements of upcoming meetings and events. Contact for more information.

Oakton Math Club

Join other Oakton students to talk about the beauty of mathematics for math help and for a club meeting. Contact or Mario Borha, advisor, at for more information.

Oakton IEEE 

A club for engineering students interested in making friends and robots. Currently seeking new members and officers. No experience necessary. Passion required. Contact Gloria Liu at for more information or to join Oakton IEEE. 


Many Thanks to:

Oakton's Student Government Association who voted to support the 2019-2020 STEM Speaker Series. This will allow CP-STEM to bring STEM speakers to campus and offer hands-on workshops.

Oakton's Educational Foundation who awarded the Center for Promoting STEM a grant in 2016-2017, 2017-2018, and 2018-2019 to provide an internship stipend to students who successfully complete STEM research course, present their findings, and spend a minimum number of hours on the project.

Oakton's Educational Foundation for their support of the Oakton Robotics Team.

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