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04 Nov Native American Heritage Month

November is National American Indian Heritage Month. The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans. While every day is a good day to learn about Native People, communities, and issues, November is also known as Native American Heritage Month. But this is especially true during Native American Heritage Month. During this month, we invite allies to learn more about the contributions of Native people to American society and learn from the following resources largely produced (or entirely produced) by and for Native people.  First Nations Development Institute improves economic conditions for Native Americans through direct financial grants, technical assistance & training, and advocacy & policy.  Their mission is to strengthen American Indian economies to support healthy Native communities. Join data2insight as we celebrate Native American Heritage Month....

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28 Oct World Rivers Day!

World Rivers Day is a celebration of the world's waterways. It highlights the many values of rivers and strives to increase public awareness and encourages the improved stewardship of rivers around the world.  Rivers in virtually every country face an array of threats, and only through our active involvement can we ensure their health in the years ahead. In 2005, the United Nations launched the Water for Life Decade to help create a greater awareness of the need to better care for our water resources. Following this, the establishment of World Rivers Day was in response to a proposal initiated by internationally renowned river advocate, Mark Angelo. Check out the World Rivers Day website to get more information about the history of World Rivers Day and to find out how you can join data2insight to participate!...

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21 Oct Car Free Day

Car Free Day is a free international event celebrated every September 22 in which people are encouraged to get around without driving alone in cars and instead ride a train, bus, bicycle, carpool, vanpool, subway, or walk. To participate, it was encouraged for people in the Washington Metropolitain area to fill out a pledge form and go car free or car-lite (carpool, vanpool, etc.) on Saturday, September 21 through Monday, September 23, 2019. Car Free Day is organized in various cities throughout the world in different ways, but with the common goal of reducing the number of cars on the streets. The benefit to greater society is a day with less traffic congestion, a greener environment and reduced gasoline demand. Today, Car Free Day includes celebrations in 46 countries and over 2,000 cities. Help celebrate Car Free Day by checking out the event and putting it on your calendar for next year!...

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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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