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UNI lecture to explore big data

April 19, 2013

Douglas Mupasiri, department head, UNI Department of Mathematics, 319-273-6952,
Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Sastry G. Pantula, professor at North Carolina State University, will present the annual Hari Shankar Memorial Lecture at 7 p.m., Monday, April 29, in Lantz Auditorium, in the McCollum Science Hall on the University of Northern Iowa campus. The lecture will focus on society's increasing dependence on big data, a collection of data sets so large and complex that it becomes difficult to process. Pantula will discuss the related applications, methodologies, opportunities and challenges presented by big data.

"This is an issue that has the potential to impact science, education, health, national security and the economy," said Douglas Mupasiri, head of the UNI math department. "Our hope is that the lecture will bring to the attention of the greater Cedar Valley area an issue of such tremendous national interest."

Pantula is a fellow of the American Statistical Association and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and currently serves as the director of the Division of Mathematical Sciences at the National Science Foundation. His lecture is made possible through a donation from Hari Shankar with additional support from UNI's Department of Mathematics. Shankar, who died in June 2008, taught at Ohio University for more than 30 years before joining the UNI Department of Mathematics as a visiting professor.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the UNI Department of Mathematics, at 319-273-2631 or