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Addiction, Population, and Automation

  • PJ Dolan's Irish Pub 2836 East Bearss Avenue Tampa, FL, 33613 United States (map)

Education and Evolution

Are you interested in learning about how we can use machine learning to help students learn, how humans have changed over time, or how the opioid epidemic started? Come out to hear Dr. Kelli Carter, Associate Professor at Pasco Hernando State College, and Dr. Lorena Madrigal, Professor at the University of South Florida and AAAS fellow, and Dr. Michael Sheehan, addiction psychiatrist and clinical drug researcher, answer these questions and more. Join taste of science Tampa at PJ Dolan’s Irish Pub on Sunday, April 28! 

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Dr. Kelli Carter

Transforming student learning in biology

Using machine learning I have developed an automated scoring tool which predicts human grading of students’ formative written responses. Formative assessment allows teachers to discover the effectiveness of learning activities in the classroom. Examples of formative assessment include clicker questions, worksheets, or writing. By having students write we can get a much clearer picture of student thinking. However, grading student writing is time consuming. I have a solution to this dilemma.



Dr. Michael Sheehan

The Opioid Epidemic: History & Treatment 

History of narcotic opioid drug use. The recent epidemics worldwide. 40,000 deaths in USA last year. Cultural attitudes, problems and solutions. 

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Dr. Lorena Madrigal

Recent human evolution: How do we detect it and why do we study it?

Dr. Lorena Madrigal is renowned for her studies on evolutionary studies among living or recent people. For example, she documented the formation of the Indo-Costa Rican population locally known as the Culis, In this talk, Lorena will dispel mis-understandings about modern evolutionary theory, and will use examples from her own work to show how modern human populations are still evolving.