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30 Jan Did you know…

...that the word "scientist" was coined after a woman?  Her name is Mary Somerville (December 26, 1780–November 28, 1872). Mary, a Victorian polymath, had tutored pioneering computer programmer Ada Lovelace and later introduced her to Charles Babbage, thus sparking their legendary collaboration on the world’s first computer.  Somerville’s 1834 treatise On the Connexion of the Physical Sciences so impressed her peers, readers, and reviewers that “man of science” — the term used to refer to a person who had advanced the progress of knowledge — seemed suddenly inappropriate and obsolete. data2insight is proud to be led, supported, and encouraged by such pioneers! Want to learn more about remarkable women who overcame a crushing dearth of opportunity and towering gender bias to contribute to the corpus of human knowledge in ways that have transformed our understanding of reality, the universe, and our place in it?  Check it out. Want to add more diversity to your environment?  Check this out....

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23 Jan Data2insight Stands in Solidarity

As trusted nonpartisan voices in their communities, American Association of University Women (AAUW) members have been on the frontlines of social change throughout our history.  AAUW had an official delegation to the Women’s March in Washington, DC on January 21, 2017.  For more information, follow how things unfolded on their Facebook page. In solidarity with the march that took place in Washington, DC, the local AAUW branch marched in Seattle.  ALL women, femme, trans, gender non-conforming, and feminist people (including men and boys) were invited to march.  We showed our support for the community members who have been marginalized by the recent election. Data2insight is proud to have supported this cause by participating in the march....

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16 Jan Data2insight Attends MetroLab Workshop

On Tuesday, January 17, data2insight founder, Veronica S. Smith attended the MetroLab Workshop on Big Data and Human Services.  She joined experts from local government and universities to discuss common challenges and propose collaborative, data-driven solutions to human service issues.  Work will continue after the meeting as members focus on opportunities for collaborative research, and scalable projects.  The workshop will also consider which tools and materials (data sharing standards, white papers, software) would be broadly beneficial to city- and county-university efforts. The workshop was hosted by City of Seattle, MetroLab Network, and the University of Washington. data2insight is a proud member of Urban@UW which extends understanding of cities—from people, buildings, infrastructure, and energy to economics, policy, culture, art, and nature—beyond individual topics to dynamically interdependent systems, so that we can holistically design and steward vibrant and welcoming cities in which future generations will thrive.  ...

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09 Jan Starting the new on a positive note…

Data2insight is excited to start the new year with a partnership with the Pfaendtner Research Group to provide formative evaluation of the National Science Foundation Research Traineeship program. The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative models for STEM graduate education training.  The NRT program includes two tracks: the Traineeship Track and the Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Track. The Traineeship Track is dedicated to effective training of STEM graduate students in high priority interdisciplinary research areas, through the use of a comprehensive traineeship model that is innovative, evidence-based, and aligned with changing workforce and research needs.  For FY2017, there are three priority areas:  (1) UtB, (2) INFEWS, and (3) any other interdisciplinary research theme of national priority....

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26 Dec Multicultural December!

December is a month of multicultural holiday celebrations.  According to Education World, the following multicultural events and celebrations are among those that will happen this year: Saint Nicholas Day (Christian) Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mexican) St. Lucia Day (Swedish) Hanukkah (Jewish) Christmas Day (Christian) Three Kings Day/Epiphany (Christian) Boxing Day (Australian, Canadian, English, Irish) Kwanzaa (African American) Omisoka (Japanese) Yule (Pagan) Saturnalia (Pagan) As we push our way into a new year, data2insight encourages you to check out Education World's website for assistance in helping to take advantage of the "multicultural teachable moments" that December provides.  ...

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19 Dec Celebrating #GirlBosses

Recently, Elle magazine featured an article highlighting and celebrating #girlbosses titled, "23 Female Entrepreneurs Under 30 Who Are Bossing Life." From pulling pints in a pub to self-fund their business ventures to funding business education for women in rural India from selling sportswear, these twentysomething women reveal the inspiration behind their businesses and how they made a success out of their dreams. Among the group, you can read about the following #girlbosses and more: Hayley Smith; 28; Owner of Boxed Out PR, a campaign that provides free sanitary products to homeless women Roshni Assomull (27) and Shaleena Chanrai (26); Co-founders of Bella Kinesis, a sportswear brand funding business education for women in rural India Margot Radicati di Brozolo; 28; Founder, YourMind, an online network offering practical tools to help users overcome fears, worries, or sadness Morgan Dowler; 24; Director of Love Me…(And My Secret), a lingerie brand creating post operation and mastectomy bras for women Data2insight is happy to lift up these entrepreneurs under 30 who are Bossing Life!...

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12 Dec data2insight is Giving Back

Data2insight is giving back to the local community.  On December 14, 2016, from 845 am to noon, data2insight team members will be giving back at the Cherry Street Food Bank, located at 711 Cherry Street in Seattle. The Cherry Street Food Bank is part of Northwest Harvest.  Fighting hunger since 1967, Northwest Harvest distributes food to more than 380 food banks, meal programs and high-need schools statewide.  The Cherry Street Food Bank in downtown Seattle, severs their neighbors in need in a manner that respects their dignity. Mondays and Wednesdays are full service days.  Clients can “shop” for groceries such as rice, beans,oats, pasta, and produce. For those needing a no-cook option they can choose a ready-to-eat sack lunch made fresh by our volunteer Sandwich Brigade. Everyone is encouraged to take fruit, vegetables and bread. Data2insight hopes that you will be encouraged to also give back to your community....

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05 Dec Feature Organization: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound

Have you seen the Seattle Times' article discussing Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound? Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound creates bonds that can last into adulthood and is part of The Seattle Times Fund For The Needy.  It has a few school-based programs, including “MentorU,” starting this year at West Seattle High School.  Mentors there will help guide students academically, including with choices about college.  Most matches follow a more free-flowing structure.  The organization asks that “Bigs” meet with their “Littles” at least four hours a month.  What they do is up to them. Did you hear about the award?  Congratulations to Jolynn Kenney, Vice President of Puget Sound Big Brothers Big Sisters, for receiving the Skip Walsh Award at its National Conference.  The award is given to the Big Brothers Big Sisters executive who, through excellence in his or her own agency work and generosity, provided resources, support and encouragement to colleagues and has strengthened BBBS’ mentoring services to children. Data2insight is proud to be teaming with such an amazing organization....

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21 Nov In Remembrance

Pauline Reiter, a dear friend and mentor to data2insight founder, Veronica S. Smith, passed away peacefully surrounded by family after a yearlong battle with cancer. In May 2016, a memorial service for Pauline was held at Ohev Shalom, the family  synagogue of her son Scott.  Scott, his three kids, and a couple of his friends delivered meaningful talks and his community unveiled their new ice cream cart (seen in the picture to the left). Inspired by Pauline's love of ice cream, the synagogue has launched the Ice Cream Bike, named "Pauline's: A Vehicle of Good." To learn more about her legacy, visit http://ostns.org/paulines.  You can also donate at http://ostns.org/donations_new (Pauline’s: A Vehicle for Good is available in the drop down list). Data2insight has benefited greatly over the years by Pauline's friendship and mentor-ship.  We hope you will join us in supporting her legacy.   ...

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