Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan

2017 Ralph B. Baldwin Prize in Astrophysics and Space Science Lecture

Date: March 16, 2018
Time: 3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Location: SRB Auditorium, room 2246

The Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering cordially welcomes all to the 2017 Ralph Baldwin Prize in Astrophysics and Space Science Lecture on Friday, March 16 in the SRB Auditorium, room 2246, Space Research Building. Our guest lecturer will be 2018 Ralph Baldwin Prize recipient and Climate & Space alumna, Dr. Lois Keller Sarno-Smith. 

Please join us! 

The Ralph B. Baldwin Prize in Astrophysics and Space Sciences is an award sponsored by a generous gift to the University of Michigan by Dr. Ralph B. Baldwin. Applicants must show original and significant contributions to their field as measured in their scholarly publications.

The prize is awarded annually to a student who has received a University of Michigan Ph.D. during the previous year. A faculty committee comprised of representatives from the appropriate departments judges the packages submitted on the basis of the excellence of their research activities revealed in the student's thesis and publications during their career.

Lecture Title: "From Low Energy Plasma to Super Bowl Ads and Outlook Email - A Non-Linear Path"

Abstract: It's rare that we follow an intended path, but it doesn't mean the lessons learned and skills developed won't apply to the next step. This talk will cover what I'm legally allowed to talk about the research projects I've completed since my defense in September 2016. These projects range from predicting ad success on prime time shows using machine learning to how I'm currently part of a team that is changing how Microsoft Outlook develops new features in their email. While it's hardly rocket science, life in data science is changing, dynamic, and quite a bit of fun right now.  

Biography: Lois Keller Sarno-Smith received her PhD from the University of Michigan CLaSP department in 2016 under Professor Mike Liemohn's guidance. She now works at Microsoft as part of a Data Engineer/Science team in Outlook Universal Email. She's doesn't have kids or any of the other things people usually put here, but she does ride her bike(s) quite a bit, wears hair bows, and sings in the shower. 

Reception to follow in SRB second floor lounge. 

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