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Mathematics, Engineering & Computer Science Department

Dr. Andrew Hacker

Andrew HackerAndrew Hacker is an American political scientist and public intellectual.

He is currently Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science at Queens College in New York. He did his undergraduate work at Amherst College. This was followed by graduate work at Oxford University, University of Michigan, and Princeton University where he received his PhD degree. Hacker taught at Cornell before taking his current position at Queens. His most recent book, Higher Education? was written in collaboration with Claudia Dreifus, his wife, a New York Times science writer and Columbia University professor. Professor Hacker is a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books. In his articles he has questioned whether mathematics is necessary, claiming "Making mathematics mandatory prevents us from discovering and developing young talent."

Dr. Michio Kaku

Michio Kaku Distinguished Professor Michio Kaku from City College CUNY; the title of his presentation is The Next 20 years.

Dr. Michio Kaku is a theoretical physicist, futurist, and popularizer of science; he is professor of theoretical physics at the City College of New York and the CUNY Graduate Center. Kaku has written several books about physics and related topics, has made frequent appearances on radio, television and film, and writes online blogs and articles. He has written three New York Times best sellers: Physics of the Impossible (2008), Physics of the Future (2011), and The Future of the Mind (2014). Kaku has hosted TV specials for the BBC, the Discovery Channel, the History Channel and the Science Channel.

Dr. Tara L. Parker

Tara ParkerAssociate Professor of Higher Education, Chair of the Department of Leadership in Education, College of Education and Human Development.

Tara Parker’s research agenda focuses on higher education policy related to access and equity for historically underrepresented groups, particularly students of color. She is especially interested in the ways policies such as remedial and/or developmental education relate to postsecondary opportunities and outcomes. She has authored journal articles, book chapters, and conference papers examining institutional responses to changes in higher education policy. In partnership with the Education Commission for the States, she is currently principal investigator of the Getting Past Go Project at UMass Boston. This national research project, funded by Lumina Foundation for Education, seeks to leverage developmental education as a critical component of state efforts to increase college attainment rates. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Massachusetts Boston, Parker was a research assistant for the Alliance for International Higher Education Policy Studies (AIHEPS), directed by Richard C. Richardson, at New York University. The AIHEPS project, funded by the Ford Foundation, examined the impact of state and provincial policy on higher education performance (i.e., degree completion and college choice). Professor Parker earned her PhD from the Steinhardt School of Education at New York University.