Big Data

Simpson Colloquium SC 101 – Big Data

Genetics, social media, human behavior, health care, politics, marketing, criminal justice, and sports: what do these have in common? All generate vast amounts of data. The future belongs to those that know how to use this data. Glorified in shows and movies like Moneyball and Numb3rs, you’ve likely seen Hollywood’s version. Right now stores like Target can tell if a person is pregnant in their second trimester just by analyzing their purchases. Programs like Shotspotter can triangulate the location of every gunshot in a city within seconds. Find out how it’s done! In this class, you’ll learn how to collect and sift through data to find new information, and how to present results and back them up with data.

Meet Your Professorcraven

Paul Craven, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Computer Science

I spent fifteen years working in Information Technology. I’ve written software for mapping, financial markets, mortgage applications, Internet applications, and even solar powered cars. Projects have ranged from small one-person projects to managing a $30 million dollar development project.

I received my Ph.D. from the University of Idaho and a Masters degree from the University of Missouri-Rolla. My Bachelors was from Simpson College with a degree in Math and Computer Science. My academic interests include 3D graphics, security, web applications, open-source, and software engineering. I also enjoy hot air ballooning and storm-spotting.

Meet Your SC LeaderIMG_5434

Ruth Roberts

My name is Ruth Ann Roberts and I will be a junior this fall at Simpson.  I will be working with Paul Craven as the SC Leader for his colloquium class.

I am a native Nebraskan and I attended Papillion La Vista High School.  Throughout my time at Simpson, I have been part of Student Government, Greek Life, Campus Activities Board, and Math Club.

Academically I am a Mathematics major and I am minoring in Physics.  In my free time I enjoy watching movies, going on walks, and making dinner.

One reason I am so involved on campus is because I enjoy meeting new people, and I cannot wait to get to know the incoming first year class.


Meet Your Writing FellowLauren Parrish

Lauren Parrish

Hi everyone! My name is Lauren Parrish and I am going to be your Writing Fellow for Dr. Paul Craven’s class! I will be a junior for the 2014-2015 year and I am majoring in Music Education.

I come from the small town of Williamsburg, Iowa (or the Tanger Outlet Mall as most people know it) where I live with my parents and my younger sister Molly. In high school I was involved in football, basketball, and state cheerleading, band, choir, show choir, sirens, NHS, and speech and drama. I was also in 4-H for 7 years where I was on the Iowa county youth council and vice president of my club. At Simpson I am involved in choir, cheerleading, and I also work at intramurals.

I am an outgoing person and I love to have fun! In my free time I love to hang out with my family and friends, watch/go to races, and listen to music. I am very excited to meet all of you and if you have any questions feel free to find me on Facebook! I am here to help you guys make an easy transition from high school to college so if you have any questions or need anything just ask!



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