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SUNY student fellows at Global Big Data Conference
NEW YORK - At the system’s third annual “Critical Issues in Higher Education” conference in New York City, State University of New York Chancellor Nancy Zimpher announced SUNY’s first class of Student Fellows, who will work with SUNY leadership over the next year to shape the system’s use of Big Data and transform the student experience.
The conference, Building a Smarter University: Big Data, Innovation, and Ingenuity, has brought together international experts and thought leaders to examine how the emergence of big data can help higher education improve the student learning experience, enhance research, maximize resources, support effective community outreach, strengthen the education pipeline, and advance university infrastructure.
“The ability to manage and accurately analyze data is a skill that is increasingly important in today’s marketplace,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “Learning from experts from across the globe at this week’s conference, the SUNY student fellows will play a critical role in helping SUNY to educate and prepare future generations of students for this challenge. Selected by their campus provosts for this designation, our student fellows have each shown an interest in and capacity for using big data to enhance their academic and professional pursuits, and we are proud to partner with them as we determine the best uses for Big Data in the future of higher education.”
The interests of the fellows span the disciplines of healthcare, computer science, communication, finance, math, and education. The student fellows are:
Abbegail Katherine Brown, Cayuga Community College, is pursuing an associate’s degree in Liberal Arts & Human Services, with a concentration in Psychology. She hopes to earn a doctorate in Psychology and contribute valuable knowledge and research to the realms of adolescent psychology, biopsychology, and neuropsychology.
Dane Marco Di Cesare, University at Buffalo, is a third-year doctoral scholar pursuing a degree in Special Education at the University at Buffalo. He is the recipient of the Leadership Grant—Preparing Leaders of Tomorrow to Work in a Digital Age. Dane’s research interests are in developing digital tools to increase writing achievement for students with learning disabilities.
Sandra Gothard, University at Buffalo, is a second-year doctoral student at the University at Buffalo School of Nursing. Her professional career began at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University in Chicago, in perioperative nursing. Her current role is regional administrative director of Perioperative Services at Bassett Medical Center.
Wang Liao, Cornell University, is a doctoral student in the Department of Communication at Cornell University. His current research relates to communal risk information sharing and knowledge sharing in social media and organizational contexts. In general, his research interest lies in online social dynamic, community formation, and knowledge sharing, with a network perspective.
Paul Vroman, SUNY Old Westbury, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Mathematics. Maintaining his standing on the Dean’s List, Paul expects to graduate this December from SUNY Old Westbury. Paul tutors at the college, in computer science and technology, and works with other students in the program.
Erika Wilson, SUNY Oswego, is a junior at SUNY Oswego. She majors in Applied Mathematics and minors in Applied Statistics. After graduation, she hopes to attend Columbia University to obtain her master’s degree in Statistics. Erika has participated in several undergraduate research projects, including image restoration and copula model fitting.
Terrence Wilson, SUNY Buffalo State, is a Computer Information Systems student at SUNY Buffalo State. He is slated to obtain his bachelor’s degree in the fall of 2014, and hopes to go on to pursue a master’s in Business Administration or Management Information Systems. Terrence fine-tunes his understanding of the C++ language through educating others.
Eyub Yegen, SUNY Oswego, is a senior, majoring in Finance and Applied Mathematical Economics, with a minor in Applied Statistics at SUNY Oswego, and a part-time student at Harvard University, Extension School. He is a senator-at-large for the Student Government Association, president of three leading clubs at his home university, a member of the Strategic Advisory Board Committee, and serves on the School of Business Student Advisory Council