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16 Jun Transitioning

We are sad to see our Data Analyst, Neeraj Joshi, transition from his role at data2insight this week. Neeraj has been with the company for the past year assisting with data analytics and social media platforms. We are excited for him as he graduates from the University of Washington next week and joins Intuitive Surgical's Data Science team in July. Kam Yee has joined the team as our new Research and Evaluation Assistant. Her professional and academic experiences focuses on equitable education. Her thesis work at the University of North Dakota’s Department of Space Studies examined organizational practices in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education programs and the impact they have on girls of color. Kam is excited to bring over 15 years of STEM informal education program experience in data2insight's evaluation work....

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07 Jun Data2insight founder and spouse award first Smith-Hamrick Scholarship to University of Washington senior studying chemistry

Ms. Smith and Ms. Hamrick honored and memorialized their parents by creating the Smith-Hamrick Scholarship for women in science. Ms. Do was the first recipient of this honor. She moved from Vietnam to Portland, Oregon with her parents and younger sister in 2013. After earning her Associates of Art degree from Portland Community College, Quynh transferred to the University of Washington (UW). She will be a senior at UW in Fall 2016. She is working in the Dr. Christine Luscombe’s Lab researching carbon-hydrogen activation of monomers used in polymerization for solar cells. As a result, producing solar panels can be more efficient, cost­-reducing, and more environmental friendly. Quynh is traveling to Nagoya University in Japan this summer in an International Summer Undergraduate Research Program. Being the first generation in a low-income family to attend college, Quynh is trailblazing for her younger sister, who is a high school student. Her academic goal, after earning her double Bachelor degrees in biochemistry and chemistry, is to attend graduate school, potentially studying medicinal chemistry. Quynh’s career goal is to become a professor and inspire students, especially women, to follow their dream and pursue careers in science. About the Smith-Hamrick AWIS Scholarship Veronica S. Smith and Natalie I. Hamrick are delighted to offer the Smith-Hamrick Scholarship award in honor and memory of their parents. Both Frieda and Jim Smith and Carolyn and Fred Hamrick encouraged their daughters to explore any and all opportunities and careers that interested them. Carolyn and Frieda especially exposed their daughters to a variety of career pathways. Our parents were life long learners and encouraged us to be the same. Natalie is now an accomplished occupational therapist of over 20 years and Veronica founded and leads a data science firm called data2insight. Veronica and Natalie both earned masters degrees—Natalie in occupational therapy and Veronica in electrical engineering. They are pleased to be able to offer financial support to other women pursuing their career interests and leave us with this message. May you not only achieve your academic and professional goals, but also enjoy the journey. Veronica S. Smith, Quynh Do, and Natalie I. Hamrick at the 2016 Association for Women in Science (AWIS) dinner on June 1, 2016. ...

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24 May Supporting Million Women Mentors

Data2insight founder, Veronica S. Smith, was just appointed Washington State Chair for Million Women Mentors(MWM), an organization with over 1 million mentors dedicated to support women pursuing careers in STEM. Data2insight supports MWM in their effort to foster interest and confidence among young women in STEM and hopes to make a difference for those in the surrounding area....

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19 May New Data Disaggregation Initiative Announced by Dept. of Education

This May, in honor of AAPI Heritage month, the U.S. Department of Education has launched a new $1 million Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Data Disaggregation Initiative. The model minority myth that all members of the AAPI have access to high level of education is a damaging stereotype. On the surface, such “positive stereotypes” may sounds like a compliments, but in reality such generalization masks education equity problems facing many AAPIs. As the fastest growing minority group, the AAPI population trace their heritage to more than 320 countries and racial groups, and speak more than 100 languages. Within this diverse group, various barriers to equitable education access are difficult to identify through aggregated data. This initiative will develop disaggregated data that will help target resources and services to the most needed areas. The Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Data Disaggregation Initiative will use data to improve education access and tell the stories of AAPI journey....

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09 May data2insight in St. Louis

We are excited that nearly 20 professionals gathered in St. Louis, Missouri on May 4, to hear about the work of data2insight LLC.  Founder and chief data scientist, Veronica Smith, described our six service areas (strategic evaluation, data dashboarding, shared measurement, data coaching, facilitation & training, and program design), gave examples of work done in each of those areas, and shared the values of the business. Thanks for a warm welcome from organizations like PNC Bank, St. Louis County Children's Service Fund, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri, Doorways Housing, Atomic Revenue, Philips Group, Diversity Awareness Partnership, EMD Consulting and more. ...

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03 May Data Science at Mercer Island High School

Mercer Island High School students had the opportunity to hear from a variety of professional speakers for their Career Day this past Friday, April 29th. Data2insight founder, Veronica Smith, gave a talk about the field of Data Science and the great potential it has in the coming years. We're hoping to see some great data scientists in the coming years!...

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25 Apr Girlvolution 2016

This past Sunday, April 23rd, members of the community around Seattle came together and participated in collective dialogue and restorative change facilitated by youth voice and leadership. Girlvolution is sponsored by Powerful Voices, a nonprofit organization that invites girls to realize their dreams, engage their communities, and shape more just world. Our founder, Veronica Smith, attended this year and was happy to share pictures from the event.   ...

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11 Apr Personalized Learning Fuels Data-Privacy Worries

As schools across the country are incorporating iPads and laptops with educational software into classrooms, the privacy and security of students' personal information is potentially at risk. The data produced from academic software can highlight the strengths, weaknesses and areas of improvement for each student but comes at the cost of sharing their personal information. Education Week's special report, Data: Sharing + Privacy, provides full coverage on the issue and discusses possible areas of agreement between those in favor of using data to better school performance and those who are worried about protecting student privacy....

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04 Apr Barriers and Bias: The Status of Women in Leadership

Today, women earn the majority of university degrees yet are still outnumbered by men in leadership roles. The latest report by AAUW, Barriers and Bias: The Status of Women in Leadership, examines the causes of women's under representation in higher positions in business, politics and education and makes suggestions on how to challenge the status quo....

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30 Mar Do Good Data 2016

Do Good Data is a conference hosted in Chicago April 27-29th which brings together workers from foundations, non-profits and government to help harness the power of data to make the world a better place, create effective organizations and improve programs. A detailed list of speakers and more information can be found here. At data2insight, we strive to use our own data to help clients create more effective and impactful programs. Join us and #dogooddata....

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