Oakton STEM speaker to discuss gerrymandering Oct. 30

(Oct. 17, 2017) Learn about gerrymandering, the redrawing of voter districts in an attempt to increase the power of a political party, by attending a free lecture at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30, in Room 1604, Oakton Community College, 1600 E. Golf Road, Des Plaines.

Wendy K. Tam Cho, professor of political science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will present “Fighting Gerrymandering: An Extreme-Scale Computational Approach” as part of Oakton’s STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) Speaker Series.

“Gerrymandering is an interesting topic that brings together social science and STEM,” says Gloria Liu, coordinator of Oakton’s Center for Promoting STEM. “Wendy will speak on how mathematics, computational science and technology can be used to determine the existence of gerrymandering.”

Participants will be exposed to insights from various fields including statistics, operations research, computer science, math, law and political science to learn about a novel approach for analyzing and reforming gerrymandering.

Cho has served on the Executive Council of the American Political Science Association and as editor for “Political Analysis.” In addition, she has been a reviewer for more than 80 different academic journals spanning a dozen disciplines. Her work has been supported by research grants from the National Science Foundation.

The event is sponsored by Oakton’s Center for Promoting STEM. The next STEM lecture, “Applying the Microbiome to Precision Medicine,” is scheduled at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, at Oakton’s Des Plaines campus.

For more information, contact Liu at 847.635.1738 or glorial@oakton.edu, or visit www.oakton.edu/academics/special_programs/stem.