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Talithia Williams

Monday, February 19, 2018
8:15–9:30 a.m.

Dr. Talithia Williams takes sophisticated numerical concepts, including her specialty field big data, and makes them understandable and relatable to everyone. As illustrated in her popular TED Talk, "Own Your Body's Data," she demystifies the mathematical process in amusing and insightful ways, using statistics as a way of seeing the world in a new light and transforming our future through the bold new possibilities inherent in the STEM (science, technology, mathematics, and engineering) fields. As an associate professor of mathematics at Harvey Mudd College, she has made it her life's work to get people—students, parents, educators, and community members— more excited about the possibilities inherent in a STEM education.

Dr. Williams develops statistical models focusing on spatial and temporal data and has partnered with the World Health Organization to develop a cataract model used to predict the cataract surgical rate for developing countries. Her professional career includes research appointments at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the National Security Agency, and NASA.

She holds a Ph.D. in statistics from Rice University and earned two master’s degrees, one in mathematics from Howard University and one in statistics from Rice University.

Plenary: Realizing Possibilities through Productive Practice

Sunday, February 18, 2018
1:30–2:45 p.m.

We’ve heard the saying that a little practice goes a long way. A recent College Board study of 250,000 students from the class of 2017 proved this by showing that regardless of gender, race, income, or high school GPA, scores on the SAT improved for students who utilized Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy. Join this plenary discussion to hear directly from students how practice can make a difference and how adults (educators, mentors, parents, coaches, etc.) can help pave the way. Panelists will share perspectives on how practice in and out of school has made a difference in their performance, how students view practice as preparation, and what motivates adolescents to become independent at practice. Find out the amazing ways that students are using Official SAT Practice to unlock access to increased college readiness and higher education through scholarship programs and awards.