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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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24 Sep National Science Foundation’s NRT Program

Data2insight has partnered with the University of Washington's Clean Energy Institute for a program evaluation of the DIRECT (Data Intensive Research Enabling Clean Technologies) program. The program, a UW Clean Energy Institute program, funded by the National Science Foundation, provides training that will equip a new generation of energy researchers to handle the massive data sets arising from all stages of materials discovery.  DIRECT provides UW graduate students the opportunity to receive data science training, practice applying new tools and skills in a project-based learning environment, and gain experience working with industry and academic partners on a team-based capstone project. Data2insight founder, Veronica S. Smith, will be joining the UW DIRECT folks at the 2018 NRT Annual Meeting in Arlington, VA on September 27th-28th, 2018.  The 2018 NRT Annual Meeting will consist of participants from over 60 active projects, meeting over a two-day period to discuss issues in graduate STEM education. For additional information please visit the following link: https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505015...

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17 Sep P3 Partnerships for Disconnected Youth Program

Have you heard of Performance Partnership Pilots for Disconnected Youth?  Performance Partnership Pilots offer a unique opportunity to test innovative, cost-effective, and outcome-focused strategies for improving results for disconnected youth.  Performance Partnerships will allow States, localities, regions, and Tribes to pilot better ways of improving outcomes for disconnected youth by giving them additional flexibility in using discretionary funds across multiple Federal programs. Jurisdictions that participate in these pilots will commit to achieve significant improvements in educational, employment, and other key outcomes in exchange for this new flexibility.  You can learn more from the Performance Partnership Fact Sheet. Data2insight has been working on the program evaluation of the Seattle-King County Workforce Development Council's P3 pilot program.  After working closely with staff at Seattle-King County, data2insight is wrapping up a multi-year program evaluation to help guide stakeholders in understanding the program and how it can be improved....

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10 Sep Data2insight Attends First Ever Lesbians Who Tech Summit

This week, data2insight founder, Veronica S. Smith, will be attending the Lesbians Who Tech + Allies Leadership Summit.  The conference, held in New York, NY, is the first ever Lesbians Who Tech + Allies Leadership Summit for mid-level and executive non-binary, LGBTQ women, and allies.  The summit will bring accomplished leaders for an intimate conference focused on both technology trends and all things YOU. Lesbians Who Tech is a community of queer women in or around tech (and the people who love them).  The organization wishes to be more visible to each other, be more visible to others, to get more women and lesbians in technology, and connect Lesbians Who Tech to LBGTQ and women's organizations who are doing incredible work for the community. If you find yourself in the area or are attending the conference, take some time to say to Veronica.  Data2insight is excited to be part of this exciting event....

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20 Aug Adventure Sue’s Tech Kitchen comes to Tacoma!

This week, August 23 through August 26, the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber and Broadway Center for the Performing Arts present the national tour of Sue’s Tech Kitchen, a STEM-fueled adventure for kids of all ages, at the historic Tacoma Armory.  Tickets are on sale now. Sue’s Tech Kitchen is a tech-fueled wonderland for the mouth and the mind. Envisioned by bestselling author and serial entrepreneur Randi Zuckerberg, designed by a NASA scientist, and featuring technologies from all corners of the modern imagination, Sue's Tech Kitchen offers a STEM-inspired adventure for the whole family that empowers kids to engage with tomorrow’s technologies and revolutionizes family dining in the process. The Sue’s Tech Kitchen National Tour is bringing guests around the country a sneak peek of the treats and technologies under development in Sue’s kitchen. Visitors of all ages can enjoy 3-D printed s’mores, robots controlled by candy, edible chemistry experiments, treat-delivering drones, and much more. Check out Sue's Tech Kitchen to see if it is headed to a location near you!...

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14 Aug Congratulations data2insight!!

This week, data2insight founder, Veronica S. Smith, will be at the 2018 NGLCC International Business and Leadership Conference in Philadelphia, PA.  At the conference, on Thursday, August 16, data2insight will be recognized at the induction ceremony as a Certified LGBT Organization.  Data2insight received its certification in January 2018. The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) started in November 2002.  The two co-founders of the organization sought to showcase that as in addition to being LGBT, many LGBT people were also business owners, employers, taxpayers, providers of healthcare and a vibrant, essential part of the small business engine that makes the U.S. economy run. In January, data2insight received its LGBTBE Certification.  The NGLCC is the exclusive, third-party certification body that verifies that eligible businesses are majority-owned by LGBT individuals, and subsequently grants LGBT Business Enterprise® (LGBTBE®) designation to such businesses as part of its LGBT Supplier Diversity Initiative.  You can learn more about becoming certified. Congratulations to data2insight and others being recognized at this year's induction ceremony....

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06 Aug #GirlScouts and #STEM

Thanks to the Girl Scouts of the USA for recently announcing the 30 new badges that focus heavily on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)!  With the new badges, girls 5 years to 18 years will be able to learn badges while learning skills in fields such as cybersecurity, environmental advocacy, mechanical engineering, robotics, computer science, and space exploration. As presented in the press release from July, "The unique Girl Scout environment provides fun, exciting, and essential experiences that carry into girls’ future careers and life success; the KPMG Women's Leadership Study of more than 3,000 professional and college women shows that early exposure to leadership has a significant impact on a woman’s perceptions of her ability to lead. Additionally, 76 percent of women today wish they had learned more about leadership and had more leadership opportunities while growing up, demonstrating how imperative it is for girls and volunteers to join Girl Scouts." Check out the Girl Scouts of the USA site for more information regarding these badges and more! Data2insight is excited to see the greatness that will come from the leadership that is yet to come!  ...

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23 Jul Amelia Earhart Day

Join data2insight as we celebrate Amelia Earhart Day this week on July 24! Legend and mystery surrounds the final flight and disappearance of Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan . They were on a record setting attempt to fly around the world, when they became lost in the Pacific Ocean.  On July 2, 1937, they headed on a difficult leg of the journey towards Howell Island in the Pacific.  Weather conditions were less than ideal. While still in radio communication, ships on the ground confirmed that Earhart was having difficulty finding the island. Ultimately, radio communications faded and died. The plane was never heard from again. The disappearance of Amelia Earhart's plane resulted in the largest search and rescue operation to date. It also sparked rumors as to what caused the disappearance. To this day, theories and speculation still exists about the cause of the disappearance. Some theories involve conspiracies, and even alien abductions. Hat's off to Amelia for being one of the first female pioneers!...

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16 Jul Congrats to the 2018 Smith Hamrick Scholarship Recipient!

Congratulations to Miwako K. Ito who is the latest recipient of the Smith Hamrick Scholarship!  Ms. Ito (pictured with the other AWIS awards) is a Chemical Engineering student who will begin her junior year at University of Washington this fall.  She is a member of the Pfaentdner Research Group where she is focused on computational chemistry, particularly materials development for batteries with green-energy applications.  She is passionate about high performance computing chemical simulations because of the flexibility and high data output they offer compared to traditional laboratory methods. A quote from Ms. Ito’s application:  “I was finally free to explore the meaning behind my years of memorizing chemical reactions, taking derivatives, and drawing free-body diagrams. They weren’t just words in a textbook, they were tools in reality’s workshop. And, I got to use them. You’ve probably seen a parent cry tears of joy when their baby takes its first steps. That’s how I felt when my first computer simulation, that I had written, successfully converged.” Data2insight is honored and privileged to contribute in this small, heartfelt way, to the continued success of this sterling chemical engineer and woman warrior.  Please join us in celebrating this year’s recipient of the Hamrick-Smith Scholarship—Miwako K. Ito! #AWIS, #SmithHamrickScholarship, #WomenInSTEM  ...

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