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03 Dec Happy Hanukkah from data2insight!

This year, Hanukkah begins at sundown on Sunday, Dec. 2 and lasts until sundown on Monday, Dec. 10. Hanukkah, which is Hebrew for “dedication,” is the Festival of Lights. It commemorates the victory of the Maccabees over the Syrian Greek army, and the subsequent miracle of rededicating the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and restoring its menorah, or lamp. Want to read more?  Please click here...

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26 Nov A Belated Congratulations

Data2insight would like to shout Congratulations to Dr. Julia Kempe on her recent appointment as the Director of the NYU Center for Data Science. Dr. Kempe comes with two decades of in-depth experience in both academia and data-driven industry. She is currently a Senior Researcher at a leading hedge fund that trades in markets around the world, employing complex mathematical models and tools from machine learning and statistics to analyze vast amounts of data. Her main scholarly contributions are in quantum computing, a highly interdisciplinary area spanning computer science, physics, and applied mathematics, and she has published in conference proceedings and journals across these fields. Data2insight is happy for your accomplishment, Dr. Kempe!...

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19 Nov Celebrating Indigenous People

In many cases, people will be celebrating a traditional Thanksgiving Day this week on Thursday (November 22).  However, around the country, others will be observing and remembering the Native Americans who should really be honored on this day. Each year on Thanksgiving morning Alcatraz is closed for the day for regular visitors, but from 4:45 AM till 6:00 AM the ferries run every 15 minutes and bring people to the island to celebrate the Alcatraz Thanksgiving Indigenous People’s Sunrise Gathering. The event seeks to honor the traditions of the indigenous peoples on the day that attention is normally devoted elsewhere. It’s also sometimes referred to as Unthanksgiving Day or Un-Thanksgiving Day. (source) In Massachusetts, the celebration is the National Day of Mourning.  It was started in 1970 as a protest against Thanksgiving and the democide of the Native American peoples by the United States government and as a reminder of the injustices that the Native American peoples faced. It is a day in which people of all colors, creeds and philosophies can learn about Native American culture and their historic and current struggles. (source) Join data2insight as we take time out of our week to remember and honor Indigenous People....

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05 Nov November 8 is #NationalSTEMday

This Thursday, November 8, 2018, is National STEM/STEAM Day!  It is a national holiday reserved to encourage kids and individuals of all ages to identify their passions in the world of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Looking for ways to celebrate National STEM/STEAM Day?  Check out some suggestions here. Inspired by the Project Mc² brand, created by MGA Entertainment, the STEAM - based franchise features four super smart girls who are part of a super-secret spy organization called NOV8 (that’s “innovate”). (source)  Fun fact:  The November 8th date is a play on words for same as that super- secret organization, NOV8, making it the perfect date to inspire innovation! Why is STEM/STEAM so important, now more than ever before? Read all the reasons here! Join data2insight as we celebrate National STEM/STEAM Day! ...

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29 Oct AEA 32nd Annual Conference: Evaluation 2018

Taking place on October 29-November 3 in Cleveland, Ohio, Evaluation 2018 brings together evaluators, evaluation scholars, students, and evaluation users from around the world are invited to assemble, share, and learn from the successes of the international discipline and practice of evaluation. This year's theme is Speaking Truth to Power.  Join your evaluation colleagues in a lively, critical conversation about the role of evaluators and evaluation in Speaking Truth to Power. This theme will be a main focus in the presidential strand sessions. Join data2insight founder, Veronica S. Smith, who will be attendance at the conference!  ...

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22 Oct Becoming the Difference: The 2018 Million Women Mentors Summit & Awards Gala

This week, on October 25, the Million Women Mentors will celebrate progress from across the Million Women Mentors network, recognizing the leaders who made their movement possible and work every day to increase the confidence of women and girls to pursue and excel in STEM careers through the power of mentoring. Million Women Mentors will support the engagement of one million Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) mentors (male and female) to increase the interest and confidence of girls and young women to persist and succeed in STEM programs and careers.  Million Women Mentors, a community outreach initiative of STEMconnector, is a national movement which supports women and girls to pursue and succeed in STEM careers and leadership opportunities through mentoring. Million Women Mentors is working to facilitate three million mentoring relationships by 2020 to girls and women across the nation, with over two million mentors pledged currently committed and one million relationships completed already. If you wish to learn more or learn how you can attend, please check out the Gala's Eventbrite page for all the details you need....

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15 Oct BHR’s Pat Coleman Receives 2018 Diverse Business Leader Award for Leadership in Mental Health Access

Join data2insight in congratulating BHR President and CEO, Pat Coleman, who was among 20 leaders honored by the St. Louis Business Journal's Diverse Business Leaders Awards on Friday, September 14.  This esteemed recognition recognizes individuals who promote diversity around race, sexual orientation, and disability.  Read more about Pat's award here. Under Pat's leadership, BHR has been a champion toward working to remove barriers to mental health care access for the under-served population including racial and ethnic groups in the rural and urban communities in the eastern region of Missouri. BHR strives to make a bigger impact in the delivery of access/crisis intervention, fighting the disparities. BHR's executive leadership team and its dedicated board are committed to its mission to ensure compassionate and immediate barrier-free access to behavioral health services by trained clinicians 24/7, 365 days a year to anyone in Missouri's eastern region. Congratulations, Pat, on your well-deserved award!...

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08 Oct Celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day!

Cities, states, and universities across the country have been pushing to drop Columbus Day—a national holiday that celebrates Christopher Columbus’s colonization of the Americas starting in 1492—in favor of celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day.  Millions of indigenous people were displaced by Columbus, and between his arrival and the Pilgrims’ arrival in 1620, 90% of the native population died, mostly from diseases brought over from Europe. The remaining natives saw their land and culture destroyed by the violence of white Western colonization.  (source) Indigenous Peoples Day serves as a celebration and highlights the native communities that have always been here. The holiday began in 1989 in South Dakota, where Lynn Hart and Governor Mickelson backed a resolution to celebrate Native American day on the second Monday of October, marking the beginning of the year of reconciliation in 1990. It was instituted in Berkeley, California, in 1992, coinciding with the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas.  It spread two years later to Santa Cruz, California, and in the 2010s to various other cities and states.  (source) Join data2insight and check out this link to find a local celebration for Indigenous Peoples Day....

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01 Oct Data2insight Goes to European Evaluation Society Conference

This week, data2insight founder, Veronica S. Smith, will be attending the 13th Annual European Evaluation Society Biennial Conference.  The conference, taking place in Thessaloniki, Greece, is scheduled from October 1 through October 5, 2018.  The leading theme of the EES2018 Conference is “Evaluation for more resilient societies.”  The conference offers 5 days of debates on evaluation in times of financial, geopolitical, environmental, and humanitarian crises. On Wednesday, October 3, Veronica will partner with Antonella Guidoccio for a Round Table discussion titled:  Focusing sessions: a stakeholder engagement and evaluation design method.  Want to know what else is going on during the conference?  Check out the conference schedule! Send positive vibes to Veronica as she represents data2insight in Greece!...

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