Scientific American Highlights SAIC and Northwestern Collaboration
On August 20 Scientific American highlighted data graphics developed by Northwestern and SAIC students outlining enrollment flows in the Chicago Public School System. The unconventional maps show the city’s North Lawndale and Old Town neighborhoods as they are experienced in terms of travel time via public options. “It is easy to see that students traveling from North Lawndale, site of now-shuttered Mason High School, have a much bigger Chicago to contend with than students coming from Old Town,” says writer Kanya Gowda, a Northwestern student involved in the project. “For Mason students, this rescaling highlights the reality that it is difficult to get to schools with track records for success.” These maps and other data graphics are currently exhibited in Data Viz Collaborative, the culmination of a joint course offered though Northwestern and SAIC taught by Brendan Albano (SAIC), Luís A.N. Amaral (NU), Richard Blackwell (SAIC), Felix Hu (NU), Sarah Jenkins Faulk (SAIC), Bo Rodda (SAIC), Nicholas Timkovich (NU) and Kyle Yakal-Kremski (NU). Data Viz Collaborative runs through September 13 in the LeRoy Neiman Center Lobby.