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14 Oct International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction

October 13, 2019 is the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction. The International Day of Disaster Risk Reduction which was started in 1989 after a call by the United Nations General Assembly for a day to promote a global culture of risk-awareness and disaster reduction. The day celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of reining in the risks that they face. The 2019 Theme is Reduce disaster damage to critical infrastructure and disruption of basic services.  The 2019 edition continues as part of the "Sendai Seven" campaign, centered on the seven targets of the Sendai Framework. This year will focus on Target (d) of the Sendai Framework: “Substantially reduce disaster damage to critical infrastructure and disruption of basic services, among them health and education facilities, including through developing their resilience by 2030.” Join data2insight as we participate in the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction....

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07 Oct International Day of the Girl: Unscripted and Unstoppable

On October 11, 2019, Day of the Girl, a 100% youth-led movement fighting for gender justice and youth rights, celebrates the International Day of the Girl.  The day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls' empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights. The 2019 theme for International Day of the Girl is GirlForce: Unscripted and Unstoppable.  This year, they celebrate celebrate achievements by, with and for girls since the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. Click here for more information. Join data2insight as we celebrate the International Day of the Girl....

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30 Sep Global Climate Strike

On September 20-27, 2019, there was a record 7.6 million people who took to the streets and striked for climate action. This was the biggest climate mobilisation in history. From Jakarta to New York, Karachi to Amman, Berlin to Kampala, Istanbul to Québec, Guadalajara to Asunción, in big cities and small villages, millions of people joined hands and raised their voices in defense of the climate. The Global Climate Strike shows that we have the people power we need to create a just world and end the era of fossil fuels. It’ll take everyone to secure a better future and avert the worst of the climate crisis. What happens next is up to us. No matter where you live, there’s a way to take action. Join data2insight and take a look at the Global Climate Strike website to read more about the 6135 Actions taken; and the 185 Countries, 73 Trade Unions, 3024 Businesses, 820 Organizations, and 8583 Websites who participated in this event. ...

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23 Sep Data2insight Lightning Talks

Data2insight founder, Veronica S. Smith, will be giving a lightning talk at the National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) annual meeting in Chicago, IL from September 25-27.  Veronica’s talk will highlight how measurement and evaluation focusing sessions work and are essential to building a community of learning that continually improves NRT program effectiveness and impact on graduate student competencies in interdisciplinary and convergent research. The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program is dedicated to effective training of STEM graduate students in high priority interdisciplinary or convergent research areas, through the use of a comprehensive traineeship model that is innovative, evidence-based, and aligned with changing workforce and research needs. The Annual Meeting goals and outcomes include: Sharing innovative practices to improve NRT programs and career preparation of NRT trainees, Enhancing students' professional communication skills, Developing practices that increase the NRT project impact, and Engaging in a candid discussion about what does and does not work in graduate STEM training. Stop by to hear Veronica speak or say hi if you see her at the meeting!...

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17 Sep International Ozone Day: 32 Years and Healing

Monday, September 16 was World Ozone Day.  The theme for the World Ozone Day 2019, to be marked on 16 September, is:  32 Years and Healing. The theme for this year celebrates over three decades of remarkable international cooperation to protect the ozone layer and the climate under the Montreal Protocol. It reminds us that we must keep up the momentum to ensure healthy people and a healthy planet. The Montreal Protocol has led to the phase-out of 99 per cent of ozone-depleting chemicals in refrigerators, air-conditioners and many other products. On this World Ozone Day, we can celebrate our success. But we must all push to keep hold of these gains, in particular by remaining vigilant and tackling any illegal sources of ozone-depleting substances as they arise. We must also wholeheartedly support the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, which entered into force on 1 January 2019. By phasing down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are potent climate-warming gases, this amendment can avoid up to 0.4°C of global temperature rise by the end of the century, while continuing to protect the ozone layer. And by combining action to phase-down HFCs with energy efficiency improvements in the cooling industry, we can achieve bigger climate benefits. Join data2insight as we keep on working and healing!...

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26 Aug Congratulations to the AWIS Award Winners!

On June 6, 2019, the seventh annual Seattle AWIS Award Banquet was held in Seattle, Washington.  The 2019 AWIS Award categories and winners were: The Science Advancement and Leadership award went to Denise Galloway, PhD; Director, Pathogen Associated Malignancies IRC, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. The Early Career Achievement in STEM award went to Corrie Ortega, PhD; Senior Research Scientist, Intellectual Ventures Laboratory. The Excellence in STEM Education / Outreach award went to Jeanne Chowning, MS, PhD; Senior Director of Science Education, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. The Outstanding Seattle AWIS Member award went to Reitha Weeks, PhD; Biotech Camp Program Coordinator, Shoreline Community College. A special congratulations to Hang Mai who won the Smith-Hamrick AWIS scholarship.  Hang is a Vietnamese immigrant, adult learner, and first-generation college student who is graduating from South Seattle College with a 3.7 GPA (she is a member of Phi Theta Kappa) and will enter UW as a junior in the fall with a major in electrical engineering. She works full-time as a tutor and manicurist, attends college full-time, and gives back through a variety of community service activities like the Washington State Promise Scholar program where she helps high school students prepare for college success....

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19 Aug Women Impact Tech

  Women Impact Tech (WIT) is an exclusive event that aligns hundreds of top women engineers with companies who are committed to inclusion and innovation. Centered as a celebration of women in tech, attendees have a chance to network with companies and other female engineers working on cutting edge technology. Through panels, keynotes and presentations, companies and attendees alike engage in meaningful and actionable conversation surrounding the past and future impact of women in tech. On May 2, 2019 at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center in Seattle, 400+ top female engineers were able to network with top tech companies who are committed to inclusion and innovation. Not only did data2insight founder, Veronica S. Smith, attend the event, she was also included in a picture which recapped the event and provided information on the overall impact of the event.  ...

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12 Aug A Passion Leads to Changing Lives

Data2insight would like to shine a light on Denise Shelton, a woman small business owner who inspires us. A passion to change lives and make an impact on at-risk communities drove Denise Shelton’s transition from Department of Corrections warden to CEO. (source) Shelton retired from the Washington, D.C., Department of Corrections in 2002 and formed Community Bridge, Inc (CBI). Her company was built “with the goal of empowering and rehabilitating local residents by providing viable, progressive employment and trade skills development.” Community Bridge is now a full-service facility management company that employs 200 people and services six wards in the District of Columbia.  (source) Thanks, Denise, for showing us how passion can turn into something that changes our world.  ...

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05 Aug Whole Child, Whole Day

Whole Child, Whole Day: A Social & Emotional Learning Symposium will be held on August 9, 2019.  The event, organized by Youth Development Executives of King County, is an interactive professional development symposium to strengthen your capacity to create equity based learning environments that support  the whole child across the whole day, with a focus on shifting adult practices and systems to better serve youth of color in the Road Map region. Youth Development Executives of King County (YDEKC) is a coalition of youth-serving organizations working together to improve outcomes for young people in our region. We build and unify the youth development sector through advocacy, cross-sector collaboration, and organizational development. Check out the event flyer to see what will be covered....

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29 Jul Lesbians Who Tech Leadership Forum

[caption id="attachment_19663" align="alignright" width="300"] Pictured left to right: Ambra Tieszen, UX designer; Halimat Alabi, visual analytics and gamification expert; and Veronica S. Smith, data2insight founder.[/caption] On June 14, 2019, data2insight founder, Veronica S. Smith, had the pleasure of attending the Lesbians Who Tech Leadership Forum Roadshow in Seattle, Washington. In partnership with Google, LWT hosted Leadership Forums in Austin, Boston and Seattle for LGBTQ women, trans, and gender nonconforming individuals; LGBTQ people of color; and demographics that are underrepresented in the tech sector and LGBTQ spaces. The inaugural Leadership Forums are invite-only and bring together some of the most accomplished local leaders for an intimate conference focused on both technology trends and all things YOU. The forum is a tech conference where the speakers happen to be 80% queer women, 50% women of color, 25% black & latinx and 15% transgender and gender non-conforming.  They cover topics from top technical trends, how technology will shape our future, career growth, so our community can grow and thrive.   ...

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