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10 Apr Data2insight Prepares for Earth Day

April 22, 2017 this year is all about #Science where data2insight will join the worldwide celebration of Earth Day and the global movement March for Science. This year’s Earth Day campaign is all about environmental & climate literacy.  Stand up!  Join up!  Take action! Earth Day Network’s mission is to broaden and diversify the environmental movement worldwide and to mobilize it as the most effective vehicle to build a healthy, sustainable environment, address climate change, and protect the Earth for future generations.  Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 50,000 partners in 196 countries to build environmental democracy. We work through a combination of education, public policy, and consumer campaigns. The March for Science is the first step of a global movement to defend the vital role science plays in our health, safety, economies, and governments.  Science, scientists, and evidence-based policymaking are under attack.  Budget cuts, censorship of researchers, disappearing datasets, and threats to dismantle government agencies harm us all, putting our health, food, air, water, climate, and jobs at risk.  It is time for people who support science to take a public stand and be counted. Join data2insight by checking your area for a science march or ways to participate in an Earth Day event this April! ...

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04 Apr data2insight Reaches out to LGBTQ and Ally Youth

On Saturday, April 1, data2insight founder, Veronica S. Smith, attended the Youth Job Fair for LGBTQ and Allies at the Miller Community Center. The job fair included over 24 employers and organizations with lots of jobs, stipend opportunities, and internships for youth ages 14 - 24.  Attendees were encouraged to come prepared to spend some time visiting the various booths. The Youth Job Fair for LGBTQ and Allies is a collaborative effort led by the Youth Employment and Service Learning Unit of Seattle Parks and Recreation. Join Seattle Parks Teens on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/seattle.parks.teens. For additional LGBTQ resources from the Seattle Parks and Recreation, go to: www.Seattle.gov/Parks/LGBTQ. Data2insight is honored to be among so many agencies supporting LGBTQ and Allies Youth....

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27 Mar data2insight Supports BioSTL

In February, data2insight founder, Veronica Smith, was in St. Louis, MO where she met with Dr. Cheryl Watkins-Moore, BioSTL Director of Bioscience & Entrepreneurial Inclusion. BioSTL fosters collaborative efforts and builds regional infrastructure to achieve St. Louis’ potential in biosciences, assisting partner organizations that are advancing aspects of the overall regional strategy.  BioSTL ensures the St. Louis biosciences community is speaking with a single, coherent voice to the public, policymakers, and funders. BioSTL collaborated with Diversity Awareness Partnership (DAP), Millipore Sigma, and Venture Café for the EXPLORE Bioscience program.  This hands-on, exciting program was developed to inspire high school students to understand and consider career opportunities in global science-based organizations as well as understand opportunities that science-focused start-up organizations the St. Louis region offers.  Day one and Day two of the program included students representing high schools across the St. Louis city, county, and region. Data2insight is proud to support this program....

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20 Mar Where are the Girls? STEM Career & Technical Education

While data2insight joined in the celebration of International Women's Day on March 8, there still much work to be done! Career and technical education is no longer the forgotten stepchild of education reform. The plight of jobless Americans took center stage in the turbulent Presidential election and raised the stakes for creating pathways to the middle class that don’t pass through the ivy-fringed gates of four-year colleges.  In fact, jaded Congress watchers believe that CTE may be one of the few issues that will win bipartisan support in 2017. That’s good news, but converts to the CTE cause will soon discover what CTE experts have known for a long time: namely, that the gender gaps in CTE’s STEM subjects are every bit as large as gender gaps in advanced math and science classes.  In fact, those gaps are growing. Not surprisingly, high school girls dominate health science, but they are scarce in the other three career clusters.  The imbalance has gotten worse since 2007/08 (see image). Want to read more?  Check out Change the Equation's full blog post....

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13 Mar Celebrating Pi Day on 3/14

Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world.  Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159. Pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point.  As an irrational and transcendental number, it will continue infinitely without repetition or pattern.  While only a handful of digits are needed for typical calculations, Pi’s infinite nature makes it a fun challenge to memorize, and to computationally calculate more and more digits. If you are a teacher or number lover, you can check out TeachPi.org to find or share ideas for Pi Day activities, learning, and entertainment. Looking for other ways to celebrate?  Check out some of these options: Pi Day 5K - a flexible alternative to traditional races -- you can run or walk, regardless of where you live and on your own schedule (extra points for running on 3/14). We ship your swag and you run with friends -- fellow mathletes, baking BFFs, and scholarly mini-humans alike! Pi Day Pie-Eating Contest - "Ten will enter, one will win...

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08 Mar #BeBoldForChange

Data2insight is proud to support International Women's Day (March 8), a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. This year's theme for IWD is #BeBoldForChange - calling on the masses or on yourself to help forge a better working world, a more gender inclusive world.  The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. International Women's Day (IWD) has been observed since in the early 1900's - a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies. "The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights," says world-renowned feminist, journalist, and social and political activist Gloria Steinem.  Thus, IWD is all about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy, and action - whatever that looks like globally at a local level. Learn about the values that underpin and guide IWD's ethos. Data2insight is ready to #BeBoldForChange this IWD 2017 and beyond.  Are you?...

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28 Feb Celebrating the Launch of Thriving Elements

[caption id="attachment_18489" align="alignright" width="225"] Data2insight founder, Veronica S. Smith, and Thriving Elements founder, Janet T. Phan celebrate the launch of Thriving Elements.[/caption] On February 23, 2017, Veronica S. Smith, data2insight founder, helped to celebrate the launch of an exciting new STEM mentoring program called Thriving Elements. The event included networking, buffet dinner, and refreshments.  Guests were welcomed, provided the details about the Thriving Elements Story, and got to meet the mentors and volunteers. Thriving Elements was founded with the vision to develop and empower women leaders in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) to make a sustainable impact in their communities to inspire the next generation of women leaders.  Its mission is to create access and opportunities for underprivileged girls in STEM through mentoring. Interested in becoming a mentor with this new program?  Click here for more details! Interested in other ways to become involved?  This link is for you! Data2insight sends wishes for a bright and long future for Thriving Elements!...

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22 Feb Women in Science & Engineering (WiSE) 26th Annual Conference

The WiSE Conference is a celebration of women in engineering academics and careers. The day of educational and professional enrichment brings pre-college, undergraduate, and graduate students together with faculty, administrators, and professional women, and was held on February 18th at the University of Washington. Veronica Smith, data2insight Founder and Principal, presented: "A View from the Top: Succeeding in Small Companies" to a sold-out crowd. Do you envision a career away from academia? Does industry seem appealing? Want to start your own company or work in a start-up? There are challenging and rewarding opportunities for scientists and engineers in companies involved with drug development, engineering, and science education. Come hear from women who have worked in big, established companies and in small, start-up companies. Take away a better picture of the skills needed to thrive in industry, as well as the unique skills and mind-set for founding or working in a start-up company. For more information on the WiSE Conference, click HERE....

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13 Feb STEM Continues to Inspire

Have you seen Hidden Figures yet?  The movie, still showing in theaters, is a biographic film depicting a team of African-American women mathematicians who worked on NASA’s Project Mercury, the program that made history by sending the first American astronauts into space.  Along with their work on the groundbreaking program, the three main characters also made history as some of the first women of color to hold high-ranking positions in NASA. Changing the world isn’t all about “giant leaps” and single moments of innovation. Our successes are built through the actions of hardworking everyday people, and they are achieved one step at a time.  That's the lesson of the movie. In line with that lesson, Techbridge Girls! were treated to a special screening in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. day.  You can read more about that event here. Techbridge Girls, launched in 2000, is a program that expands the academic and career options for girls in science, technology, and engineering.  Through hands-on learning, we empower the next generation of innovators and leaders. data2insight is a proud to continue to encourage young girls in STEM to inspire them to take their first step....

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06 Feb Celebrating DAP’s Give Respect, Give Respect Program

Veronica Smith, data2insight founder, recently joined the Diversity Awareness Partnership (DAP) for one of their Give Respect, Get Respect program sessions. The Give Respect, Get Respect Diversity Youth Program (GRGR) was established in 2002 in collaboration with Edward Jones and has since graduated 1,300 participants.  It is a free five session anti-bias program that takes place throughout a typical academic calendar year.  GRGR gives students the tools to become inclusive leaders within their schools and helps break down walls that separate students from each other. Veronica was excited and inspired to see the engagement of teachers and students in conversations about inclusion and diversity.  Additionally, the Education Director of the St. Louis chapter of the Anti-Defamation League was a keynote speaker at the event, inspiring all attendees to engage in difficult conversation to advance communication in our communities....

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