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18 Feb Celebrating Black STEM Innovators Who Have Defined Our Modern World

In honor of Black History Month, we wanted to highlight some of the individuals, past and present, who should be routinely recognized for their achievements. (source) Marie M. Daly, Chemist Marie Daly helped us understand how the body works. Growing up, her family pushed her to succeed in school, leading Daly to receive degrees in STEM subjects from Queens College and New York University. She then went to Columbia to complete her doctorate degree, becoming the first African American woman in the country to get a PhD in chemistry. After graduating, Daly began researching the connection between high cholesterol and clogged arteries. Her innovative findings helped start a conversation within the medical community about how a person’s diet can affect heart health and the circulatory system. Daly was also an activist who dedicated much of her time to supporting students of color in STEM fields. She even created a scholarship fund in memory of her dad. (source)...

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04 Feb Celebrating Black STEM Innovators Who Have Defined Our Modern World

In honor of Black History Month, we wanted to highlight some of the individuals, past and present, who should be routinely recognized for their achievements. (source) Kimberly Bryant, Electrical Engineer & Founder of Black Girls Code Kimberly Bryant had worked for years as a successful electrical engineer before moving to the Bay Area. Once she made it to the heart of Silicon Valley, she noticed that minorities were severely underrepresented in the startup world. Coupled with the fact that her daughter, Kia, was sick of instructors focusing more on the boys (who outnumbered the handful of girls) at a programming camp, she knew she had to do something about it. In 2011, Bryant decided to create Black Girls Code, a nonprofit that empowers girls from underrepresented communities by introducing them to programming. While not as lucrative as her previous jobs, the positive influence from her nonprofit organization has already made an impact: girls who have participated in Black Girls Code have started clubs and are becoming leaders in their communities. (source)...

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28 Jan National Inspire Your Heart with Art Day

January 31 is National Inspire Your Heart with Art Day (source).  It is a day to ponder how art affects your heart (source). Of the broad spectrum of art created in the world, the pieces that move us to tears or cause us to burst out into joyous laughter remain with us for a lifetime. Whether we are touched by music or see into an artist's soul through their work, art has the power to change us, to inspire our hearts. Inspire Your Heart with Art Day encourages us to explore the many genres of art and let it inspire us. Check out these ways to celebrate...

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21 Jan Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday, January 21, celebrates the life and legacy of a man who brought hope and healing to America. We commemorate as well the timeless values he taught us through his example — the values of courage, truth, justice, compassion, dignity, humility, and service that so radiantly defined Dr. King’s character and empowered his leadership. On this holiday, we commemorate the universal, unconditional love, forgiveness, and nonviolence that empowered his revolutionary spirit.   (source) Dr. King once said that we all have to decide whether we “will walk in the light of creative altruism or the darkness of destructive selfishness. Life’s most persistent and nagging question, he said, is `what are you doing for others?’”  An excerpt from "The Meaning of the King Holiday", by Coretta Scott King You can learn more about the history of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. here. Join data2insight as we continue to celebrate and try to follow the example of Dr. King....

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14 Jan Congratulations to Mari Ostendorf!

Data2insight would like to congratulate Professor Mari Ostendorf, UW Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, who won the 2018 IEEE James L. Flanagan Speech and Audio Processing Award for her innovative research and improving spoken language technology. “Dr. Ostendorf’s extensive contributions to natural language processing and speech technology has been playing a major part in conquering the limitations of spoken language technology,” said Radha Poovendran, professor and chair of electrical & computer engineering. “She is a pioneer in interactive conversational AI, a multi-billion dollar industry.” (source) The award is sponsored by IEEE Signal Processing Society.  It is presented to an individual or a team of not more than three.  The scope is for an outstanding contribution to the advancement of speech and/or audio signal processing.  The award consists of a bronze medal, certificate, and honorarium.  To learn more about the award, check out this site. Join data2insight as we send our congratulations to Professor Ostendorf!...

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07 Jan Setting the Tone for the New Year

As the new year has approached us, many follow different traditions for setting the tone.  Here at data2insight, we like to focus on ways to improve our lives which does not necessarily take the form of a traditional resolution. Following the advice provided by Chris Brogan, the data2insight team chooses three words to help focus goals and efforts throughout the year.  "The concept of three words allows [us] to think in more dimensions about what [we] want to do with [our lives] and it lets [us] apply lots of tangible goals instead of what most people do when they focus on just a finite task. It’s a bit like turbo-charged goal planning." Think of three words that sum up what you want to work actionably on changing/improving in the coming year. It works best when the words are positive in spirit and not negative.  Think of words that give you more than just a simple goal.  The idea is to look deeper than a single goal and try to give you an entire mindset to contemplate. Join data2insight as we set into motion a new year with new words!  ...

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17 Dec Happy Winter Solstice!

Data2insight wishes you a Happy Winter Solstice! The Winter Solstice is the shortest day and longest night of the year (this year it falls on 21st Dec). Many celebrations in the Northern Hemisphere focus on this sacred time in Nature, when the promise of light and life returns. Festivals of light can be found in many cultures. Ten ways to celebrate the Winter Solstice with your family: Set out on a Solstice walk Light a Solstice fire Feed the animals Tell legends or stories around the fire Click here to read the rest!...

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10 Dec Report on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

Urban Indian Health Institute released a report today on the crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in urban areas. This first-of-its-kind report aims to provide a comprehensive snapshot of the MMIWG crisis in urban American Indian and Alaska Native communities and the institutional practices that allow them to disappear not once, but three times—in life, in the media, and in the data. Read the report, listen to the stories, and help us end the violence. #MMIWG #DecolonizeData #NotInvisible #NoMoreStolenSisters #urbanMMIWG Read the full report. https://bit.ly/2qEfNrX *This report contains strong language about violence against Native women and girls. ...

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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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