Mattson Essay on Artificial Intelligence and "Gayface" Widely Quoted

September 20, 2017

Associate Professor of Sociology Greggor Mattson's critique of a study about face recognition technology and sexual orientation was widely quoted. The study, conducted by two researchers at Stanford Graduate School of Business, claimed that artificial intelligence could detect gay and lesbian faces more accurately than humans and was evidence of a prenatal hormonal cause of homosexuality. Mattson critiqued the methods used to train the algorithms, the outdated concepts that motivated them, and "the stunning tone-deafness" of of the authors' defense of their ethics. The piece was quoted by such English-language outlets as Inside Higher Ed, Vice's Motherboard, and Outline, and it was quoted in German by Wired and Süddeutsche Zeitung. Read Mattson's critique "Artificial Intelligence Discovers Gayface. Sigh."

Chie Sakakibara Awarded Best Paper

September 18, 2017

Chie Sakakibara, assistant professor of environmental studies, received an award for “Best Paper” with her piece "No Whale, No Music: Climate Change and Cultural Resilience Among the Iñupiat of Arctic Alaska." The paper took top honors in Category 1: Oral Traditions and Expressions and was presented on September 6-8, 2017 at Sharing Cultures 20175th International Conference on Intangible Heritage in Barcelos, Portugal.

Drew Wilburn Gives Invited Lectures in London

September 18, 2017

Drew Wilburn, associate professor of classics, archaeology, and humanities, gave two invited lectures in London during May 2017. At the British Museum, he presented his research on the archaeological findspots of magical papyri in Egypt, entitled "Investigating the Magical Papyri as Artifacts." This work is part of a larger project related to archaeological context and spell manuals that were used by specialists during the late Roman and early Christian periods (3rd-6th centuries CE). He also gave a public lecture at Treadwell's Bookshop, entitled "Archaeology of Spells: A Case Study from Karanis, Egypt." This lecture presented Drew's research on a magical love spell and a cache of more than 80 inscribed bones found during the University of Michigan's excavations at the Roman period site of Karanis.

Greggor Mattson Presents at Royal Geographical Society Annual Conference

September 12, 2017

Greggor Mattson, associate professor of sociology, presented about the decline of gay bars on a panel at the Royal Geographical Society Annual Conference in London. Mattson examined the characteristics of bars in small cities as a corrective to research that overwhelmingly focuses on LGBTQ places in large metropolises with gay neighborhoods. Based on site visits and interviews with bar owners, he shows how these bars' successes provide insights for those other bars which are a small minority of the total number of gay bars. Read the abstract of his talk and slides.

Eboni Johnson Edits Book

September 6, 2017

Outreach & Programming Librarian Eboni A. Johnson ’97 edited a book called Librarian as Mentor: Grow, Discover, and Inspire which was published in July 2017. Librarian as Mentor explores, in a highly readable fashion, the many ways mentoring can be an effective tool in recruiting, retaining, supporting and developing a diverse workforce in any library setting. Johnson assembled 14 librarians to share personal experiences on career positive outcomes from being a mentor as well as a mentee. Topics include peer mentorship, intentional mentoring, mentoring the new generation, and mentoring community advocates.

More information about this book, and other titles in the Peak Series, is available on the Mission Bell Media website.

Chris Cotter Presents at Aspen Institute

August 30, 2017

Assistant Professor of Economics Chris Cotter was invited to participate in an Aspen Institute program on integrating liberal arts and business with Lori Young, director of the career development center, and Bara Watts, director of LaunchU.