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23 Apr data2insight Continues its Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Efforts

On Wednesday, April 25, 2018, data2insight founder, Veronica S. Smith, will be attending the Equity Leaders workshop in Seattle, Washington.   This event, organized by Cultures Connecting, is a workshop and networking opportunity for those leading diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. Whether it is called diversity, equity and inclusion, multiculturalism, or anti-racism, the role of leading equity initiatives in the workplace can be challenging.  Many organizations have created these positions in the past 10 years, and those hired are coming in without any clear direction.  Equity leaders often feel isolated and can quickly become frustrated or feel overwhelmed.  However, if we can come together to collaborate and learn from each other’s mistakes and successes, perhaps we can craft an easier path forward.  As Paulo Freire said, “We make the road by walking.” This workshop provides an opportunity for equity leaders to share strategies for organizational change, problem solve some of the challenges they face, and to network.  Each participant will be asked to bring an example of a success story, strategy, or tool to share.  Everyone will be given time to discuss challenges and hear the best thinking from their colleagues.  Facilitators will share a model of multicultural organizational development and strategies for change identified over the past 8 years in work with hundreds of organizations. There is still time to be part of this community where we share ideas to successfully address equity, inclusion and social justice in organizations.  The goal is for participants to come away with new tools for this important work as well as supportive partnerships they can lean on for many years to come. Join data2insight as we continue to engage in courage conversations about equity work, develop and strategize for moving equity initiatives forward, and join the network of equity leaders for on-going support....

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16 Apr Earth Day 2018!

Earth Day Network’s mission is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide.  Earth Day Network is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 50,000 partners in nearly 195 countries to build environmental democracy.  More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. April 22, 2018 is the next Earth Day.  This year's theme:  End Plastic Pollution!  From poisoning and injuring marine life to disrupting human hormones, from littering our beaches and landscapes to clogging our waste streams and landfills, the exponential growth of plastics is now threatening the survival of our planet. In response, Earth Day 2018 is dedicated to providing the information and inspiration needed to fundamentally change human attitude and behavior about plastics. Join data2insight and learn how you can take part in an Earth Day activity here....

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09 Apr data2insight’s Contribution to Collective Impact

Founder, Veronica S. Smith, attended the 2018 Collective Impact Convening in Austin, Texas last week  participating in cross-sector dialog and peer learning to better solve complex problems around the world.  While at the conference, Veronica engaged with people from funding and backbone organizations, partners, and community members who are working on complex problems like training foster youth to be leaders in their communities, building healthier communities through access to healthier food, increasing college enrollment and completion for young people of color, and providing workforce development training and job placement for under-served job-seekers. A highlight of the event was the discussion about the recent research study of 25 Collective Impact sites across the United States showing that Collective Impact contributions to population level changes. Check out the results here. For more information about Collective Impact check out the resources here....

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02 Apr Seattle’s 500 Women Scientists

The mission of 500 Women Scientists is to promote a diverse and inclusive scientific community that brings progressive science-based solutions to local and global challenges. You can learn more about the national organization at https://500womenscientists.org/. (source) Their local pod is  over 100 members strong representing STEM and social scientists in the Seattle area.  They are postdocs, research scientists, science educators, faculty, and grad students from multiple institutions.  As a local pod, they advocate for diversity and inclusivity in the sciences, increased scientific literacy through public engagement, engagement in science policy, and empowering women in science: public scholarship in action. Their mission statement tells a lot about them: We, the members of the Seattle pod of 500 Women Scientists, envision a vibrant science community in service to the people of the Salish Sea region: a science community that breaks down barriers to participation and embraces diversity. Together, and in coalitions with other aligned organizations, we will engage the Seattle community across academic, industry, policy, and non-profit sectors. We are creating a network of women scientists in the Seattle area that reaches across disciplines, methodologies, and professions. We welcome all self-identifying women scientists and offer support and a safe space to discuss and take action on issues specific to science and women in science. Our community will be a source of empowerment and strength, providing positive support to women working in scientific fields. (Read more of their mission here.) Data2insight is proud to be part of a community that encourages, empowers, and supports #WomenInSTEM and #GirlsInSTEM.  ...

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26 Mar NASA Women of STEM

Through their accomplishments and dedication to their jobs, women at NASA embody the essence of Women’s History Month.  They serve as role models to young women in their pursuit of careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  Meet some of the women at NASA who are leading the way both in the laboratory and in the field. NASA astrophysicist Dr. Colleen Wilson-Hodge and the Fermi Gamma-ray Burst Monitor, or GBM, team are recipients of the top prize in high-energy astronomy this year.  The High Energy Astrophysics Division of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) selected Wilson-Hodge and the GBM team to receive the 2018 Bruno Rossi Prize for their role in the first joint detection of gravitational and light waves from the same cosmic event -- the spectacular smashup of two neutron stars in a distant galaxy. (source) Rosaly Lopes, Planetary Geologist, was born in Brazil and educated in London.  She is a senior research scientist and the manager for planetary science at JPL.  Her major focus is in planetary and terrestrial geology and volcanology.  She has written more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications, and is in the Guinness World Book of Records for having discovered 71 active volcanoes on Jupiter's moon Io. (source) Lynnae Quick, Planetary Geophysicist, is from Greensboro, North Carolina.  She recently did an interview and answered questions about her career, how she got started in her field, and what sparked her interest to keep going forward.  Her advice to others: “Be bold.  Search out people who work in your area of interest. . .  Also, becoming a professional scientist requires, above all else, a willingness to persevere.  It will require you to take upper level science and math classes in high school and college that others generally try to shy away from; but if you can keep in mind that the end goal is being able to have a job where you do something that you really love every day, you'll get through it and probably also enjoy the journey.” (Read more of her interview here.) Data2insight continues to be inspired and encouraged by these amazing #WomenInSTEM....

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19 Mar Untold History of Women in Science and Technology

Listen to women from across the Obama Administration tell the stories of their personal heroes across the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).  Honor their legacy by committing to encourage a young woman to pursue a career in science.  Below are just a few of the women who’s stories are highlighted: Ruth Rogan Benerito was an American chemist and pioneer in bioproducts.  Benerito is credited with saving the cotton industry in post-WWII America through her discovery of a process to produce wrinkle-free, stain-free, and flame-resistant cotton fabrics.  In addition to this work, Benerito also developed a method to harvest fats from seeds for use in intravenous feeding of medical patients.  This system became the foundation for the system we use today.  After retiring from the USDA and teaching university courses for an additional 11 years, Benerito received the Lemelson-MIT Lifetime Achievement Award both for her contributions to the textile industry and her commitment to education. Rachel Carson was a marine biologist and environmentalist — whose groundbreaking book, Silent Spring, has been credited as the catalyst for the modern environmental movement.  arson passed away in 1964, but her work has been credited with the legacy of “awakening the concern of Americans for the environment.” Lydia Villa-Komaroff is considered to be a trailblazer in the field of molecular biology.  She faced many adversities she faced throughout her lifetime — at one point, an advisor told her that women did not belong in chemistry, fortuitously inspiring her to switch her major to biology — but she pursued her passion in spite of opposition.  In 1978, Villa-Komaroff made waves with a published paper detailing her most notable discovery — that bacteria could be engineered to produce human insulin.  She currently serves as the Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) at Cytonome/ST. Listen to these stories and more, as told by women in the Obama Administration, at https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/node/311241. Join data2insight as we continue to raise our glasses to these wonderful women in history.  #STEM, #WomenInSTEM, #ScienceIsAwesome...

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12 Mar Pi Day is Upon Us

It's that time of year again! Pi Day and Einstein's Birthday (source)!  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 (source). All around the world, this day is celebrated in many different ways.  You can celebrate Pi Day: The NASA way by solving stellar math problems faced by NASA scientists and engineers; the Exploratorium way by participating in Pi Day Activities or joining their Community Pi Day; The Bricks & Minifigs Eugene - LEGO® Resale Store way by joining them for Legos, movies, and pie in Eugene, Oregon; or The Pi Campus way in Rome, Italy by attending their celebration. Some places decided to celebrate early.  For instance, In Princeton, NJ, they celebrated with a surprise birthday party for Einstein. In Spokane, Washington, they made music with tiny computers. In Boston, Massachuesetts, they had a Boston Pi Party. In Chicago, Illinois, they had an Almost Pi(e) Day Party thanks to the Chicago Nerd Social Club. No matter how you choose to celebrate Pi Day, data2insight hopes that it is full of pie, math, and learning fun for all!...

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05 Mar Kicking Off National Women’s History Month

Did you know that March is National Women’s History Month?  This year’s theme is “Nevertheless, She Persisted: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.” (source) The 2018 National Women’s History theme presents the opportunity to honor women who have shaped America’s history and its future through their tireless commitment to ending discrimination against women and girls. The theme embodies women working together with strength, tenacity and courage to overcome obstacles and achieve joyful accomplishments.  (source) Their lives demonstrate the power of voice, of persistent action, and of believing that meaningful and lasting  change is possible in our democratic society.  Through this theme we celebrate women fighting not only against sexism, but also against the many intersecting forms of discrimination faced by American women including discrimination based on race and ethnicity, class, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, and many other categories. (source) The Library of Congress will host an array of events and programming throughout March that celebrate and commemorate women and their contributions to STEM, history, civil rights, justice and the arts.  All of the following events are free and open to the public. (source) Join data2insight as we take pause to celebrate women in history this month....

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26 Feb The Science of Color: Black and Brown Girls in STEM

If current statistics provide any indication, the idea of black and brown girls in STEM seems far-fetched.  Look at any data report out there, and you’ll find that women remain underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and math. (source) In 2012, white women earned 6,777 PhDs in STEM fields.  On the other hand, white men earned 8,478 PhD degrees.  For African American women, that number dwindles to 684—10 times fewer scientific doctorates than their white counterparts.  With only 3.5% of STEM bachelor degrees, Latina women face an even larger obstacle. (source) STEM fields show an absence of women of color.   The problem starts in childhood.  We need to encourage girls NOW so that they grow into smart, capable, and driven women who take their rightful place in the world of science, technology, engineering, and math. (source) Teach your girls about people like Mae C. Jamison, the first African-American female astronaut (source); Dr. Alexa Candy, the first female African-American neurosurgeon in the United States (source); and Shirley Ann Jackson, the only African-American woman awarded the National Medal of Science (2014) (source). Letting girls know early in life about African-American Women in Science can help encourage them to follow footsteps into the world of #STEM. Join data2insight as we strive to continue the inspiration, encouragement, and support of black and brown girls in #STEM along with organizations like Girls Pursuing Science....

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19 Feb President’s Day and Black History Month Collide

On November 4, 2008, Senator Barack Obama of Illinois was elected President of the United States over Senator John McCain of Arizona.  Obama became the 44th president, and the first African American to be elected to that office. (source) In a speech in 2016, President Obama celebrated Black History with the following words: “Now, we gather to celebrate Black History Month, and from our earliest days, black history has been American history.  We’re the slaves who quarried the stone to build this White House; the soldiers who fought for our nation’s independence, who fought to hold this union together, who fought for freedom of others around the world.  We’re the scientists and inventors who helped unleash American innovation.  We stand on the shoulders not only of the giants in this room, but also countless, nameless heroes who marched for equality and justice for all of us. Down through the decades, African American culture has profoundly shaped American culture -- in music and art, literature, and sports…. We are so proud to honor this rich heritage.  But Black History Month shouldn’t be treated as though it is somehow separate from our collective American history -- (applause) -- or somehow just boiled down to a compilation of greatest hits from the March on Washington, or from some of our sports heroes. It’s about the lived, shared experience of all African Americans, high and low, famous and obscure, and how those experiences have shaped and challenged and ultimately strengthened America.”  (Read more of his speech…) Join data2insight as we continue to celebrate those who have shaped American culture, including the work of the first African-American President, Barack Obama....

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