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Vancouver STEMMinist Book Club: 'Weapons of Math Destruction' Cathy O'Neil

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In our 12th meeting of the Vancouver STEMMist Book Club we will meet virtually to discuss 'Weapons of Math Destruction' By Cathy O'Neil

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*** The meeting time is different than usual for this event. We are meeting 5 pm - 6:30 pm PST***

This will mark our two year anniversary!

We'll celebrate in person one day, but nonetheless we have an exciting first in the works for the fall. We will be joined by Dr Lynne Quarmby, author of 'Watermelon Snow: Science, Art, and a Lone Polar Bear', for a discussion on her book.

Copies of the book, ebook, and audiobook are available at VPL for those in Vancouver. Send me an email if you would like more information about getting the book through a discounted group order of the book.

Back to the upcoming event:

In our 12th meeting of the Vancouver STEMminist book club, we will be reading "Weapons of Math Destruction" by Cathy O'Neil. This book uncovers the biases and problems as math is missused in this day and age of big data. Math is being used in algorythms, not to make better decisions but as weapons with often cloudy or hidden decision logic due to biases in the data used to train or design these algorythms.

You won't want to miss out on this information - read the book, look up interviews of the author, or watch the documentary 'Coded Bias' to learn about this topic. 'Coded Bias' was recently released on Netflix in Canada (likely the US too) and is a very good documentary touching on topics in 'Weapons of Math Destruction'.

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### We will meet online using Zoom ### Link to be sent to registrants closer to the date and Zoom meeting room is set-up for additional security. ###

Come join our conversation, explore the ideas, and learn with us!

We will do a quick overview of the book at the beginning of the session followed by a deeper discussion. It is suggested to read the book, but we welcome you to attend and contribute to the discussion either way. Usually about 50% of our attendees have read the book. Not a scientist? Not a woman? No worries! All voices, perspectives, and listeners are welcomed.

We will meet again on Zoom since our previous meetings have gone well using this platform. Future events will be in person and or on Zoom depending on the availability of space and safety guidelines.  

"Weapons of Math Destruction" is available in book (softcover), ebook, and audiobook options. Copies are likely available at your local library. Vancouver Public Library has all version available to borrow.

Next Book July/August 2021 : 'Braiding Sweet Grass' by Robin Wall Kimmerer (this is a schedule change, and meeting day and time may also be altered for this event)

Additional Upcoming books: 'Watermelon Snow: Science, Art, and a Lone Polar Bear' discussion with the Author (Fall TBD), 'The Queen's Gambit' by Walter Tevis (TBD)

Interested in hosting one of our discussions, or suggesting a book? Send us an email!

Check out the LinkedIn Group, and Mailing List below in the contact info! 

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About the STEMminist Book Club Vancouver chapter:

The plan is to mirror the STEMminist Bookclub that was started in Australia by Dr.  Caroline Ford (@DrCFord). We will aim to read one book every two months followed by an in-person meeting here in Vancouver, BC. You are also able to contribute to the discussion online on twitter @stemminist / #stemministbc (we don't usually read the same book as the online discussion). 

If you are interested in the contributions of women to science, learning more about the history of science, and want to talk about some of the issues and stories brought up in the books this is the book club for you!

Sponsorship:

** SCWIST has made a commitment to sponsor upcoming Vancouver STEMminist Book Club events. Attend a SCWIST event and you may be a lucky recipient of one of our up-coming books. **

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

VancityStemminists @ gmail.com

Mailing List Sign-up: http://eepurl.com/gSVrjz

LinkedIn Group: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/13796841/ 

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