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Wednesday, March 21, 2018


9:00-9:45 am: "Information Gathering using Drones, Social Media, and Artificial Intelligence"

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Description: This panel will explore current ways of gathering data both voluntarily and involuntarily using drones and social media, and how artificial intelligence is used in processing the data and predicting outcomes. The panelists will also discuss projected use of the technologies for control & decision making. The session will include accessible technological analysis of our everyday experience and interaction with information gathering devices and engage the audience in discussing the social implications of it.

10:00-10:45 am: "Making Sense of Climate Change at a Local Level."
(ND EPSCoR Center for Regional Climate Studies)

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Description: While climate change is often discussed in a global context, the reality is impacts will vary regionally. In this panel, ND EPSCoR Center for Regional Climate Studies researchers will talk about observed and projected changes in climate for the Northern Plains. Topics ranging from extreme weather events, like blizzards, to impacts on local crops and flooding, particularly in the Devil's Lake area will be covered.

11:00-11:45 am: "What's News? The State of Journalism in North Dakota and Beyond"

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Description: What is "fake news"? How is the news industry evolving, and what does that mean for people here who want and need the news? How do tough issues like the NODAPL pipeline protest, government regulation of the oil industry and related environmental issues, among others, get covered (or not) in North Dakota? Chuck Haga, UND Communications instructor and retired journalist, will moderate a discussion with Mike Jacobs, former editor and publisher of the Herald; Mark Trahant, UND Communications professor and independent journalist; Lorenzo Serna, a UND alum (B.A. and M.A. in English) and co-creator of Unicorn Riot, a Twin Cities-based media platform that produces live media, video, podcasts and reportage, and Jim Fuglie, former journalist, political activist and proprietor of The Prairie Blog. Audience questions to follow.

2:00-2:45: "Remodeling Academic Publishing: New Tools, New Challenges, and A New Culture"

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Description: This panel will explore the potential for significantly transforming academic publishing not just through the magical use of technology, but through significant changes in academic attitudes toward open access publishing, collaborative and cooperative approaches, and through responsible care of existing resources within the academic publishing ecosystem. The panel will feature participants representing North Dakota Quarterly, The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota and the Chester Fritz Library.

3:00-3:45: "Information Overload, Cognitive and Cultural Consequences"

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Description: This panel will investigate the psychological, historical, and cultural results of living in the so-called “information age.” The panel will begin with a brief presentation from Professor of Psychology, Rick Ferraro, who will focus on the cognitive effects of information overload. The session will continue with Associate Professor of History, Cari Campbell, who will explore the problem of exhaustion historically, focusing on its gendered nature. The remaining minutes of the panel will be reserved for audience Q&A.

Grand Challenges Symposium: Information
Rebecca Weaver-Hightower
110 Merrifield Hall
276 Centennial Drive Stop 7209
Grand Forks, ND 58202

Phone: 701/777-6391
Fax: 701/777-2373