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News briefs: iSchool announces new major, baseball hall of famers to highlight symposium

Kiran Ramsey | Senior Design Editor

The iSchool announced a new master's degree program in enterprise data systems on Monday.

Here are some Syracuse University news stories and announcements you may have missed today:

Interim dean to give presentation on Erie Canal

Samuel Clemence, interim dean of Hendricks Chapel and professor emeritus in the College of Engineering and Computer Science, will speak on the engineering feat of the Erie Canal and the economic boom it caused in upstate New York, according to a Syracuse University News release.

The Erie Canal opened in 1825 and was a major influence in the growth of the cities that sprung up along it, including Syracuse and Buffalo. Clemens first joined the SU as an associate professor in engineering in 1977 after having filled numerous jobs in engineering.

The presentation will take place in Peter Graham Scholarly Commons in E.S. Bird Library on March 28 at 5 p.m. It will include songs, video and animation that describe the construction of the canal.

 

National Baseball Hall of Fame players to headline sports symposium

With Syracuse University’s David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics preparing for its inaugural class of sports analytics majors this fall, the college is partnering with the National Baseball Hall of Fame to host a symposium and dinner that will feature two baseball Hall of Famers.

Roberto Alomar and Ryne Sandberg will be the two Hall of Famers at the event. Alomar played primarily for the Toronto Blue Jays, according to the Hall of Fame’s website, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011. Sandberg primarily played for the Chicago Cubs and was inducted in 2005.

 The Baseball Legends Night event will be held on April 21 and 22 and will host baseball fans, sport industry professionals, researchers, alumni and students, according to an SU News release.

Tickets for the event are on sale through Ticketmaster or by telephone at the Syracuse Oncenter. Individual general admission tickets will be $100 and a limited number of VIP tickets are available for $250, per the release.

 

Women STEM leaders discuss “Hidden Figures”

SU students studying in STEM fields and deans from several different university schools and colleges will be holding a panel discussion on the newly released “Hidden Figures” film.

The Oscar-nominated film — which was released in December — tells the story of a team of African-American mathematicians who were instrumental in the U.S. space program’s successful first trip to the Earth’s moon in the 1960s, according to an SU News release.

The panel discussion will take place after a screening of the movie. The event will be held on March 28 at 5 p.m. in the Falk College’s Grant Auditorium. Tickets are required for the event but are free for students, faculty and staff with SU IDs. Tickets are limited to two per person and are available at the Schine Box Office, per the release.

“Although the story of the film lives in a specific time in history, the lessons of the film are very relevant today,” said Sharon Alestalo, the program director for SU ADVANCE and Women in Science and Engineering, in the release.

 

iSchool announces new major

The School of Information Studies announced a new master’s degree program in enterprise data systems on Monday. The curriculum will provide students with the skills to manage the increasingly large data sets that are accumulated in the modern digital age, according to an SU News release.

“It’s more than ensuring that the data gets to the right places, it’s understanding what people will do with the data, what they need from the data and how they do their jobs,” said iSchool Dean Elizabeth Liddy. “Our graduates will be able to design and implement systems with the goals of the end user in mind.”

Students in the program will take classes that include cloud management, information policy, information security and data science. They will also have to choose a focus area within the curriculum.

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