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13 Mar Celebrating Pi Day on 3/14

Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world.  Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159. Pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point.  As an irrational and transcendental number, it will continue infinitely without repetition or pattern.  While only a handful of digits are needed for typical calculations, Pi’s infinite nature makes it a fun challenge to memorize, and to computationally calculate more and more digits. If you are a teacher or number lover, you can check out TeachPi.org to find or share ideas for Pi Day activities, learning, and entertainment. Looking for other ways to celebrate?  Check out some of these options: Pi Day 5K - a flexible alternative to traditional races -- you can run or walk, regardless of where you live and on your own schedule (extra points for running on 3/14). We ship your swag and you run with friends -- fellow mathletes, baking BFFs, and scholarly mini-humans alike! Pi Day Pie-Eating Contest - "Ten will enter, one will win...

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08 Mar #BeBoldForChange

Data2insight is proud to support International Women's Day (March 8), a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. This year's theme for IWD is #BeBoldForChange - calling on the masses or on yourself to help forge a better working world, a more gender inclusive world.  The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. International Women's Day (IWD) has been observed since in the early 1900's - a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies. "The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights," says world-renowned feminist, journalist, and social and political activist Gloria Steinem.  Thus, IWD is all about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy, and action - whatever that looks like globally at a local level. Learn about the values that underpin and guide IWD's ethos. Data2insight is ready to #BeBoldForChange this IWD 2017 and beyond.  Are you?...

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28 Feb Celebrating the Launch of Thriving Elements

[caption id="attachment_18489" align="alignright" width="225"] Data2insight founder, Veronica S. Smith, and Thriving Elements founder, Janet T. Phan celebrate the launch of Thriving Elements.[/caption] On February 23, 2017, Veronica S. Smith, data2insight founder, helped to celebrate the launch of an exciting new STEM mentoring program called Thriving Elements. The event included networking, buffet dinner, and refreshments.  Guests were welcomed, provided the details about the Thriving Elements Story, and got to meet the mentors and volunteers. Thriving Elements was founded with the vision to develop and empower women leaders in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) to make a sustainable impact in their communities to inspire the next generation of women leaders.  Its mission is to create access and opportunities for underprivileged girls in STEM through mentoring. Interested in becoming a mentor with this new program?  Click here for more details! Interested in other ways to become involved?  This link is for you! Data2insight sends wishes for a bright and long future for Thriving Elements!...

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22 Feb Women in Science & Engineering (WiSE) 26th Annual Conference

The WiSE Conference is a celebration of women in engineering academics and careers. The day of educational and professional enrichment brings pre-college, undergraduate, and graduate students together with faculty, administrators, and professional women, and was held on February 18th at the University of Washington. Veronica Smith, data2insight Founder and Principal, presented: "A View from the Top: Succeeding in Small Companies" to a sold-out crowd. Do you envision a career away from academia? Does industry seem appealing? Want to start your own company or work in a start-up? There are challenging and rewarding opportunities for scientists and engineers in companies involved with drug development, engineering, and science education. Come hear from women who have worked in big, established companies and in small, start-up companies. Take away a better picture of the skills needed to thrive in industry, as well as the unique skills and mind-set for founding or working in a start-up company. For more information on the WiSE Conference, click HERE....

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13 Feb STEM Continues to Inspire

Have you seen Hidden Figures yet?  The movie, still showing in theaters, is a biographic film depicting a team of African-American women mathematicians who worked on NASA’s Project Mercury, the program that made history by sending the first American astronauts into space.  Along with their work on the groundbreaking program, the three main characters also made history as some of the first women of color to hold high-ranking positions in NASA. Changing the world isn’t all about “giant leaps” and single moments of innovation. Our successes are built through the actions of hardworking everyday people, and they are achieved one step at a time.  That's the lesson of the movie. In line with that lesson, Techbridge Girls! were treated to a special screening in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. day.  You can read more about that event here. Techbridge Girls, launched in 2000, is a program that expands the academic and career options for girls in science, technology, and engineering.  Through hands-on learning, we empower the next generation of innovators and leaders. data2insight is a proud to continue to encourage young girls in STEM to inspire them to take their first step....

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06 Feb Celebrating DAP’s Give Respect, Give Respect Program

Veronica Smith, data2insight founder, recently joined the Diversity Awareness Partnership (DAP) for one of their Give Respect, Get Respect program sessions. The Give Respect, Get Respect Diversity Youth Program (GRGR) was established in 2002 in collaboration with Edward Jones and has since graduated 1,300 participants.  It is a free five session anti-bias program that takes place throughout a typical academic calendar year.  GRGR gives students the tools to become inclusive leaders within their schools and helps break down walls that separate students from each other. Veronica was excited and inspired to see the engagement of teachers and students in conversations about inclusion and diversity.  Additionally, the Education Director of the St. Louis chapter of the Anti-Defamation League was a keynote speaker at the event, inspiring all attendees to engage in difficult conversation to advance communication in our communities....

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30 Jan Did you know…

...that the word "scientist" was coined after a woman?  Her name is Mary Somerville (December 26, 1780–November 28, 1872). Mary, a Victorian polymath, had tutored pioneering computer programmer Ada Lovelace and later introduced her to Charles Babbage, thus sparking their legendary collaboration on the world’s first computer.  Somerville’s 1834 treatise On the Connexion of the Physical Sciences so impressed her peers, readers, and reviewers that “man of science” — the term used to refer to a person who had advanced the progress of knowledge — seemed suddenly inappropriate and obsolete. data2insight is proud to be led, supported, and encouraged by such pioneers! Want to learn more about remarkable women who overcame a crushing dearth of opportunity and towering gender bias to contribute to the corpus of human knowledge in ways that have transformed our understanding of reality, the universe, and our place in it?  Check it out. Want to add more diversity to your environment?  Check this out....

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23 Jan Data2insight Stands in Solidarity

As trusted nonpartisan voices in their communities, American Association of University Women (AAUW) members have been on the frontlines of social change throughout our history.  AAUW had an official delegation to the Women’s March in Washington, DC on January 21, 2017.  For more information, follow how things unfolded on their Facebook page. In solidarity with the march that took place in Washington, DC, the local AAUW branch marched in Seattle.  ALL women, femme, trans, gender non-conforming, and feminist people (including men and boys) were invited to march.  We showed our support for the community members who have been marginalized by the recent election. Data2insight is proud to have supported this cause by participating in the march....

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16 Jan Data2insight Attends MetroLab Workshop

On Tuesday, January 17, data2insight founder, Veronica S. Smith attended the MetroLab Workshop on Big Data and Human Services.  She joined experts from local government and universities to discuss common challenges and propose collaborative, data-driven solutions to human service issues.  Work will continue after the meeting as members focus on opportunities for collaborative research, and scalable projects.  The workshop will also consider which tools and materials (data sharing standards, white papers, software) would be broadly beneficial to city- and county-university efforts. The workshop was hosted by City of Seattle, MetroLab Network, and the University of Washington. data2insight is a proud member of Urban@UW which extends understanding of cities—from people, buildings, infrastructure, and energy to economics, policy, culture, art, and nature—beyond individual topics to dynamically interdependent systems, so that we can holistically design and steward vibrant and welcoming cities in which future generations will thrive.  ...

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09 Jan Starting the new on a positive note…

Data2insight is excited to start the new year with a partnership with the Pfaendtner Research Group to provide formative evaluation of the National Science Foundation Research Traineeship program. The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative models for STEM graduate education training.  The NRT program includes two tracks: the Traineeship Track and the Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Track. The Traineeship Track is dedicated to effective training of STEM graduate students in high priority interdisciplinary research areas, through the use of a comprehensive traineeship model that is innovative, evidence-based, and aligned with changing workforce and research needs.  For FY2017, there are three priority areas:  (1) UtB, (2) INFEWS, and (3) any other interdisciplinary research theme of national priority....

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