Subject: Re: Minority issue, lunar calendar, Secretary|
From: "Bill Howell. Retired from NRCan. now in Alberta Canada" <>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 12:26:41 -0700
To: "Hava Siegelmann. INNS Awards & BoG. Uof Massachusetts. USA" <>
Please tell me next steps that I should do to re-instate you as Secretary - it would be an honor for me to help a real professional (male or female), and it helps for a neanderthal like me to help women too. I can easily first suggest this to Danil&Ali, but I need to know how you would like to approach it. One thing - I still have to integrate Mariannes notes into the 08Aug2014 DRAFT minutes from the July meeting, but that's "just" an issue of finding the time, so I can proceed to finalize those.
Please ask if Pnina has any comments about Einstein's first wife (who got the Nobel money, whereas Albert got the award). Communities persist over the last 100 years in the belief that not only did she do the math for Einstein initially, but that the entire photo-electric effect was hers right through. Apparently solid "proof" is missing, but history is always an interpretation, and I always try to force myself into a "Multiple Conflicting Hypothesis" mindset, to avoid becoming a believer and to stay open to reality (often far too occluded by concepts and beliefs).
One the other hand, I've read a bit of refutations of all three "miracle year" concepts, and I'm agast at all the patch-overs throughout history on relativity. I'm trying to find the time to work a bit on the Michaelson-Morely interpretations - I seem to remember that Michaelson himself believed that his much more solid Michaelson-Gale experiment of 1922 categorically disproved relativity. However, I have the impression that interferometer experiments are no longer taken as substantive proofs of relativity anyways, but the points are important historically, and collectively many of these points make a strong case that relativistic correction factors are very easily produced by classical physics (many ways are claimed).
But I think you (Marley Vellasco, Jennie Si, and many others) need to put together an historical context on female contributions and creations in Computational Intelligence. I suspect this has already been done, but has not been broadcast.
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I'm happy to get this message.
I have a friend Pnina who works on women in science as her research and I was involved in this issue for some years now. It is interesting: many men feel women cannot
do good in high positions and you may see how few full professors there are among women (and the ones are mostly asians that men are less prejudice about). I would love to share with you about calendar and about women too. There are some bright women in the past, historically the ones that were recognized where doing so via their husbands, I'll ask Pnina to send us her research on it.
And - this is very kind of you. I would like to go back to secratery, and I do believe it does help young women who feel we are being thrown away. This is really kind of you.
thanks so much and lets be in touch
On 11/13/14, 1:52 PM, Bill Howell. Retired from NRCan. now in Alberta Canada wrote:
Hava - I have been meaning to get back to you about two issues for a long time, and now your email has prompted me to respond. No response is necessary to the first and second points, but if you really would like to regain the position of Secretary (point 3), I would not be offended in any sense of the word for you to reclaim it...
-- Hava T. Siegelmann, Ph.D. Professor Director, BINDS Lab (Biologically Inspired Neural Dynamical Systems) Dept. of Computer Science Program of Neuroscience and Behavior University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA, 01003 Phone: 413-545-2744 Fax: 413-545-1249 LAB WEBSITE: http://binds.cs.umass.edu/