The Sisters Science Club

We are a community based organization that strives to enhance science, math, and health in the schools and community through seven main areas.

CLICK ON ONE OF THE STARS on the image to the right & explore the club's activities.

Founded January 2011, the club is comprised of approximately 350 members - but there is no clubhouse, administration, or required annual dues. Rather, the club works by the community bringing volunteers and financial support to enhance the good ideas of the school's science teachers.

The club enjoys close support from Kiwanis, Rotary, The Roundhouse Foundation, The Sisters Garden Club, Energyneering Solutions, Saint Charles Medical Center, Cascades East Area Health Education Center (CEAHEC) and has been awarded grant support from the Oregon Community Foundation and the Meyer Memorial Trust.

Most importantly, numerous individuals see value in these programs and provide financial support through the Sisters School Foundation, a 501c3 organization. If you would like to join this effort, click here to reach our president!

From time to time the club receives thankyou notes from people, and the one that accompanied this illustration touched us. Our commitment to science education is unwavering, and your contributions are essential if we are to continue to innovate, explore and invest in science education and literacy. Click here to donate!

The 2019 SciArt Contest top entries are shown in the movie below. As you can tell, we have some very talented students!

We also had a very successful science fair this year, where perhaps the biggest draw was the growing astronomy program at the high school. Instructor Rima Givot was instrumental in this as well as in obtaining another NSF grant for watching the night sky and engaging students in the RECON program ... helping characterize the Kuiper Belt that lies between Neptune and the dwarf planet Pluto. Stay Tuned!.

 

7. Flight Science
6. Hutchinson Cancer Research
5. Belfry Community Talks
4. The Science Fair
3. Seed to Table Program
2. Sisters School District and Health Education
1. Sisters Schools
The sixth presentation of the 2018-19 Frontiers in Science Monthly Symposium series in Sisters is titled "Can Artificial Intelligence Fight Alternative Facts?," and is presented by Daniel Lowd, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Computer and Information Science at the University of Oregon, on Tuesday, April 23rd.

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Both of these news stories are current, and widely circulated. Why is understanding the difference between them important?

These "news" videos are not the same as the image displayed to the right that actually presents data, or the data supporting this image that can be accessed by clicking the image itself. If you'd like a scholarly introduction o the general topic of climate change, click here for an explanation of things like the greenhouse gas effect, ocean acidification, ocean temperature, the general effects of warming, indicies for measuring climate change, and steps we might take to change this trend. By examining the data yourself, your conclusions about the news videos presented above may change ... or perhaps not.

Save the Date For Future Belfry Talks!

April 23 Dr. Daniel Lowd Algorithms and Artificial Intelligence: Science Takes on Fake News
May 7 Dr. Bob Collins The Brain, the Mind, and Society
     

 

 

 

Dr. Lowd's research covers a range of topics in statistical machine learning, including statistical relational representations, unifying learning and inference, and adversarial machine learning applications (e.g., spam filtering). He has received a Google Faculty Award, an ARO Young Investigator Award, and the best paper award at DEXA 2015. He also coauthored the book "Markov Logic: An Interface Layer for Artificial Intelligence."

This work focuses on the relationships among the examples, such as links among Web pages, friendship in a social network, or protein interactions in bioinformatics. This is done by by combining a relational representation, such as first-order logic, with a statistical representation, such as Markov or Bayesian networks. Confused yet? Well, stick with us.

Dr. Lowd's background gives him "standing" when speaking about fake news, alternative facts ... whatever you call it ... and because this is material that seems to be everywhere, and because there appears to be no way to stop it, this topic seems to be of crucial importance to everyone in our society

But what if fake news could be detected automatically? Would you trust it? Should you trust it? Professor Lowd will tackle the future of fake news: how neural networks can find patterns in text and images, how this technology can be used to detect fake news, and its limitations.

And while he works on this issue, the video below shows the direction that other research is going.

 

The presentation is bound to be fascinating, and I suspect we will all, once again,come away knowing a lot more than when we entered The Belfry. General Admission: $5.00. Teachers and Students are free. Social hour begins at 6, and the lecture starts at 7. See you there!