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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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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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