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16 Mar Celebrating Women’s History Month!

Continuing to celebrate Women's History Month, let's take a look at two extraordinary women who have taken technology to a new level. Susan Kare, Iconographer. We don’t often think about the people who make our screen experiences work so well. But there is one iconic (ahem) designer that Ayogo’s Maddy Bazett chose as an inspirational woman in technology. Susan Kare is a digital designer’s designer. If you have used the fonts Chicago, Geneva or Monaco, you have benefited from Kare’s excellent eye. Her most well known icons include the Macintosh trash can, the scissors, the pointing “paste” hand, and the formatting paintbrush. What a legacy. Since 1983, Kare has designed thousands of icons for the world’s leading software companies. Utilizing a minimalist grid of pixels and constructed with mosaic-like precision, her icons communicate their function immediately and memorably, with wit and style,” wrote the Museum of Modern Art in New York.   Irene Au, Human Computer Interaction Designer.  Irene Au created her own program of study in human-computer interaction. She built exceptional design teams for Google and Yahoo before joining Khosla Ventures as an Operating Partner. Stacey Hagel, an artist and UX designer explains why Irene Au is an influence on her work: “Irene’s passion was to build technology inspired by people’s needs directed at solving real problems. She went on to be among the first designers with such a background in the consumer Internet space and began her career as an interaction designer. AND she teaches yoga!!!” Check out more iconic women here and celebrate Women's History Month with data2insight!...

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09 Mar Celebrating Women’s History Month and Pi Day!!

While March is National Women's History Month, we luck out with a double celebration with PI Day coming up this week!  Every year on March 14—Albert Einstein’s birthday—number lovers can raise a piece of pie to Pi (π) Day, an international celebration of one of math’s most famous constants: the irrational, never-ending number π, pronounced pi (3.14159 . . .). Check out the history of Pi Day. Learn more about 15 Female Mathematicians Whose Accomplishments Add up?  Among those highlighted: Hypatia (c.355–415) was the first woman known to have taught mathematics. Hypatia also wrote commentaries of her own and lectured on math, astronomy, and philosophy. Mary Somerville (1780–1872) was born in Scotland, and was not particularly interested in academics as a child—she only attended school for a year. However, when she encountered an algebra symbol in a puzzle at age 16, she became fascinated with math and began studying it on her own. Her parents tried to discourage her, worried that her intellectual preoccupations might drive her insane. (At the time, a popular theory held that difficult study could damage a woman’s mental health.) Physicist Sir David Brewster called her “certainly the most extraordinary woman in Europe—a mathematician of the very first rank with all the gentleness of a woman.” When Katherine Johnson (born 1918) wanted to study math, she faced a big obstacle. White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, where she lived, did not offer schooling for black students past eighth grade. So, her father drove his family 120 miles so she could attend a high school in another town, leaving Katherine and her mother there while he continued to work in White Sulphur Springs. The math prodigy graduated by the age of 14. “I went to work every day for 33 years happy,” she said. “Never did I get up and say I don’t want to go to work.” She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015, and her work is also celebrated in Hidden Figures. NASA celebrates pi by using it in many ways.  Check out this site to learn more about 18 ways NASA uses pi!  They even have fun Pi Day activities!  ...

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02 Mar Celebrating Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History month!  This year’s theme is Valiant Women of the Vote, which celebrates women who have fought for the women’s right to vote in the United States. 2019-2020 marks the 100th anniversary of women in the U.S. attaining the right to vote.  The National Archives invites you to browse the wealth of records and information documenting the women's rights movement in the US, including photographs, documents, audiovisual recordings, educational resources, exhibits, articles, blog posts, lectures and events. Want to know more about the history of Women’s History Month?  Check it out here! What can you do to observe National Women’s History Month?  Click here!...

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24 Feb Celebrating Black History Month and Nature

Rue Mapp is founder and CEO of Outdoor Afro, a nonprofit organization and social community reconnecting African Americans with natural spaces through outdoor recreational activities. She oversees a volunteer leadership team of 80 men and women who represent 30 of the United States. (source) She began Outdoor Afro because she saw a need for her community to have a deeper connection to nature. She oversees a highly-trained national volunteer leadership team who share opportunities to build a broader community, and promote leadership in conservation. Outdoor Afro has become a cutting-edge network in the U.S. that helps people connect to black history found in many natural areas, while inspiring communities to protect vulnerable public lands for everyone.  (source) Mapp has been recognized with numerous awards and distinctions: The Root 100 for being one of the most influential African Americans in the country (2012 and 2016), 2013 Outdoor Industry Inspiration Award, 2014 National Wildlife Federation Communication Award (received alongside President Bill Clinton), and in May 2015, Family Circle magazine selected her as one of America’s 20 Most Influential Moms....

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17 Feb Celebrating Black History Month and Adventure

At 75, Barbara Hillary became the first black woman to set foot on the North Pole. (source).  Ms. Hillary is the first African American woman and oldest person on record to reach both the North and South Poles at the young age of 79!  As a community activist, Ms, Hillary was the founder of the Arverne Action Association, INC, a group dedicated to improving the life in Arverne, New York and the Rockaway Peninsula Community.  She was also the founder and editor-in-chief of the Peninsula Magazine, a non-profit and multi racial magazine in Queens, New York. Hillary continues to prove that outdoor adventure is for everyone regardless of race, age, gender or mobility. After 55 years in the nursing field, Hillary retired, set out for Canada, going dogsledding in Quebec, and photographing polar bears in Manitoba. Hillary became enthralled with the icy beauty of the region, and when she discovered that no African-American woman had ever reached the North Pole, she resolved to become the first to make the journey. (source)...

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10 Feb Celebrating Black History Month and the Environment

Nikki Silvestri is an advocate for social change, climate solutions and healthy food systems for underrepresented populations.  Her work towards social change began when she was a director of Foster Youth Empowerment Workshops in Southern California. (source) As the Co-Founder of Live Real and former Executive Director of People's Grocery and Green for All, Nikki has built and strengthened social equity for underrepresented populations in food systems, social services, public health, climate solutions, and economic development. A nationally recognized thought leader, her many honors include being named one of The Root's 100 Most Influential African Americans. (source)...

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03 Feb Celebrating Black History Month

Dr. Mildred McClain co-founded and currently serves as the Executive Director of the Harambee House/Citizens For Environmental Justice, a community-based organization whose mission is to build the capacity of communities to solve their problems and to engage in positive growth and development. The organization was created in 1990; is located in Savannah, GA; and serves communities at the local, state, regional, national and international levels. Dr. McClain has been a human rights activists and teacher for over 40 years. She created major partnerships with the Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Centers for Disease Control and many community base organizations, with the goals of addressing public health and environmental justice issues and concerns. Under Dr. McClain’s leadership for the past 20 years the Black Youth Leadership Development Institute has trained over 1500 young people to serve as leaders in their communities. The goal of the work is to develop the capacity of our community to create lifestyles that promote health, wellness and environmental sustainability through community gardens, health fairs, testing children for lead poison, and soil testing in contaminated communities....

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27 Jan Women in Science & Engineering 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. Data2insight founder, Veronica S. Smith, will be presenting at the WiSE Conference on Saturday, February 1, 2020. Session 2 of 2: A Courageous Conversation Tool for Improving Team Science. Interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and convergence research bring people from different disciplines and industries to solve real problems in new ways. This team science approach is becoming the predominant mode for scientific discovery and innovation. So, knowing how to work in teams is essential for scientists and engineers. And, if we are going to solve the most complex problems society faces, then team members need to be able to engage effectively in difficult conversations. The norms for courageous conversations that we will review are a tool that can be used by any team lead to prepare the soil for your team to grow trust and effective communication. Effective use of these guidelines for interaction with each other will increase the likelihood that the team will meet and exceed its shared goals in a way that is inclusive of and equitable for all members....

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22 Jan Celebrating Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Team data2insight is inspired by the extraordinary life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. "Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will," he wrote in 1963 from a jail cell in Birmingham, Ala. "Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection." It was a direct challenge to the white church as civil rights violence engulfed the South. White churches told Dr. King he was moving too fast, demanding too much. In the nearly 60 years since, let us reflect on what has changed for the better and what has not. Let us recommit to work of birthing a multicultural and anti-racist nation. For more about Dr. King's extraordinary life, check out this Seattle times article:http://projects.seattletimes.com/mlk/index.html...

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13 Jan Paying It Forward

The data2insight team is inspired by the courage and compassion of Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow and Athens resident Will Drabold. Joe used his time in the spotlight to highlight the need of children and families in his hometown of Athens, Ohio. This inspired Will to create a fundraising site for Athens County Food Pantry, which has now received over $300,000, as of December 17, 2019. This amount of money is what the food pantry typically receives in a year. (source) What a wonderful example of people helping each other during brightening the dark winter.  ...

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