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b2ap3_thumbnail_12-4-NYT-Graph.jpgErica Chauvet co-authored the Nov. 14 edition of “What’s Going On in This Graph?,” a segment published by The New York Times.

“What’s Going On in This Graph?” is a new segment being run by The Times on the second Tuesday of each month, and is a spinoff of their weekly segment, “What’s Going On in This Picture?”

The segment features a graph that was previously published in The Times but with its entire context removed. Students then comment about what they notice and wonder and they describe what story they believe the graph is trying to tell.

Chauvet, part-time instructor for mathematics at Waynesburg University, moderated the comments and wrote the reveal and Stat Nuggets section along with Sharon Hessney, statistics content director at Mass Insight Education.

“I was recommended for this role by a friend of mine who I know from grading Advanced Placement Statistics exams,” said Chauvet. “As a moderator, I read the comments that students were posting in which they notice, wonder and tell the story they see in the graph. I replied to select student comments and asked questions designed to increase curiosity and critical thinking.”

Moderators, such as Chauvet, are selected to facilitate, encourage, and guide conversation regarding the graph from 9 a.m. through 2 p.m. A final reveal is posted the following Friday.

To view the Nov. 14 edition of “What’s Going On in This Graph?,” visit

Chauvet received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics with secondary education certification from Messiah College and her master’s degree in teaching secondary education mathematics from California University of Pennsylvania.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is one of only 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Elizabeth-Wang_20150122-184323_1.jpgIGI Global, an international publishing company of progressive academic research, books and journals, recently accepted and published the literary works of Waynesburg University associate professor of computer science Dr. Elizabeth Wang. 

The book, “Big Data Analytics in Bioinformatics and Healthcare,” was co-edited by Wang, Ruowang Li from Pennsylvania State University and William Perrizo from North Dakota State University. 

As author and co-editor, Wang’s responsibilities of editing a research reference book included organizing a list of contacts to submit chapter proposals, drafting and reviewing the proposals, creating an Editorial Review Board to assist in reviewing the chapters and preparing a final manuscript to be read by IGI Global. 

“The book project provided me a tremendous opportunity to work with many scholars and researchers all over the world,” said Wang. “Besides the authors from at least 12 countries, we worked with about 20 reviewers and the editorial advisory board members. It was a great learning and collaborating experience!”

According to IGI Global, the book merges the field of biology, technology and medicine and presents a comprehensive study on the emerging information processing applications necessary in the field of electronic medical record management. 

Aside from Wang’s book being available for purchase at a variety of U.S. outlets such as Amazon, many foreign publishers, primarily in China and Asia, have purchased rights to translate the book into their own language to benefit researchers who do not speak English. 

In addition to a master’s degree of art from St. John’s University, Minn., and a master’s degree in computer science from Minnesota State University of St. Cloud, Wang holds a Ph.D. in computer science from North Dakota State University. Her research interests include data mining, data warehouse, bioinformatics and parallel computing.

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