I happened upon this story on VPR by Jane Lindholm and Sam Gale Rosen yesterday.
We’re joined by Alison Cossette, a senior analyst at Remedy Partners. Also by Julie Lerman, a longtime coder who shares her expertise by speaking at conferences and mentoring development teams around the world. And by Maureen McElaney, founder of the Burlington chapter of Girl Develop It and a Developer Advocate at IBM Cloud Data Sevices.
Listen to the full VPR story here.
Find information on upcoming events the guests mentioned during the show at the links below:
We hope that all Midd students are aware of this incredible peer resource: MiddSafe Confidential Advocates.
“MiddSafe advocates are Middlebury College students committed to providing a safe and confidential resource for our peers in need of support and information around sexual assault, stalking, dating violence, domestic violence, and other personal violations. Our goal is to exist as a non-judgmental, compassionate, and effective system for individuals in emergency and non-crisis situations. We provide a menu of options to guide students towards medical, legal, and emotional resources on local, state, and national levels. We can help you take steps to understanding what is available to you and to identifying what you need. No matter where you are in the process of dealing with your experience, we are here to listen.”
In addition to the 24 hour hotline MiddSafe provides, they will be launching a new, innovative tool called the MiddSafe Online Advocate that will provide information to victims, peers of victims, faculty, and staff in an accessible way, as well as remove barriers individuals might face in calling a hotline or approaching advocates and staff in person. You can access the tool at go/onlineadvocate/.
There is a launch event on Tuesday, April 11 from 5-7 PM in Crossroads Cafe. It will be an opportunity to learn more about the tool and meet the other advocates. Snacks and beverages will be provided.
Our advisors remind graduate school applicants that an application is not just your GPA and GRE/MCAT scores, but a full range of competencies from leadership to service to maturity and readiness. This NYT submission by Rebecca Sabky is the perfect example of what makes students stand out to admissions committees. (Read the full article here.) In the article, highlighting the importance of kindness, she writes,
“The custodian wrote that he was compelled to support this student’s candidacy because of his thoughtfulness. This young man was the only person in the school who knew the names of every member of the janitorial staff. He turned off lights in empty rooms, consistently thanked the hallway monitor each morning and tidied up after his peers even if nobody was watching. This student, the custodian wrote, had a refreshing respect for every person at the school, regardless of position, popularity or clout.”
“Until admissions committees figure out a way to effectively recognize the genuine but intangible personal qualities of applicants, we must rely on little things to make the difference. Sometimes an inappropriate email address is more telling than a personal essay. The way a student acts toward his parents on a campus tour can mean as much as a standardized test score. And, as I learned from that custodian, a sincere character evaluation from someone unexpected will mean more to us than any boilerplate recommendation from a former president or famous golfer.“
It gave us a window onto a student’s life in the moments when nothing “counted.”
We’ve seen this trend more and more in admissions. In this Washington Post article, Harvard advocates for kindness instead of overachieving. Read the Harvard Graduate School of Education report entitled, “Turning the Tide: Inspiring Concern for Others and the Common Good Through College Admissions”
There is a growing focus on visualization research at Northeastern University in Boston, MA.
The College of Computer and Information Science (CCIS) has made two recent hires, Profs. Cody Dunne and Michelle Borkin, to lead visualization research and support two new degree programs in Data Science. They join an already strong team of 62 tenured and tenure-track CCIS faculty, and the College plans to continue hiring in both Data Science and Network Science. Northeastern is also now ranked 15th among top computer science schools in terms of publications at selective venues.
Beyond CCIS, visualization work is being conducted across campus by faculty in Art and Design, Journalism, Politics, Engineering, and the Library. The interdisciplinary NUVis Visualization Consortium ties these researchers together, and helps foster cross-cutting studies. We have a rich tradition of working on meaningful problems in collaboration with civic, business, and global partners.
At Northeastern, students interested in graduate studies on visualization have several degree programs to choose from:
Dive deep into BIG DATA
The University of Chicago is pioneering a new MA program, with significant resources and merit scholarships.
Computational Social Science is an emergent approach in which students apply the latest innovations in computer science and statistics to complex social questions.
Working with very big data, on a scale that far exceeds earlier research, computational researchers are devising innovative formal, statistical, and computational models to make important contributions across the social sciences.
They are training students for elite-level PhD admission in Sociology, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, History, and Anthropology. The deadline is April 30th.
Nearly all students they admit will receive a half-tuition grant in the first year, and a two-thirds tuition grant in the second.
They also furnish extraordinary support for professional placement, with paid internships between the first and second year, on-campus recruitment from prominent firms, and three years of work eligibility for international students as a recognized STEM program.
You can learn more about their program, and find a link to apply, at http://macss.uchicago.edu/
Did you know that by 2020 there will be 1.4 million more computer science-related job openings than college graduates qualified to fill them? Yet, 56% of women in tech will leave the industry mid-career. Studies indicate that this occurs because of unfriendly culture, lack of growth opportunity and not feeling like they’re giving back. The goal is to diversify, strengthen and grow the industry.
Flock is built with design-thinking methods to directly respond to the reasons women leave tech. They build community and solidarity for our technical humans. They find them growth roles and collaborate with leaders to support their journey. Then they connect them to opportunities to give back to others just coming up in the industry.
They’re on the lookout for talented and growth-minded women in tech (though all who find their programs appealing are welcome). Whether by events, community partnerships, or referrals, they want to meet you!
At age 12, Freeman Hrabowski marched with Martin Luther King. Now he’s president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), where he works to create an environment that helps under-represented students — specifically African-American, Latino and low-income learners — get degrees in math and science. He shares the four pillars of UMBC’s approach.
Aristotle said, “Excellence is never an accident. It is the result of high intention, sincere effort and intelligent execution. It represents the wisest option among many alternatives.” And then he said something that gives me goosebumps. He said, “Choice, not chance, determines your destiny.” Choice, not chance, determines your destiny, dreams and values.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 5:00-7:00 PM in Axinn 229
Andrew Flowers will profile six types of data journalism stories. Several stories will serve as examples, such as p-hacking in nutrition studies, police officer shootings, Uber’s effect on taxis, and what local characteristics explain Donald Trump’s electoral victory.
Andrew Flowers served as the Quantitative Editor at FiveThirtyEight, a data journalism website owned by ESPN. Before joining FiveThirtyEight in 2014, Flowers served as an economic research analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Flowers applies his background in economics, data analysis, and computer programming to his writing, approaching political, sports, and economic topics from a “numbers”standpoint.
Event sponsored by: Middlebury Mathematics, Political Science, Economics, and CTLR.
From the January 9th, 2017, New Yorker
“No. 212 Rome Street, in Newark, New Jersey, used to be the address of Grammer, Dempsey & Hudson, a steel-supply company. It was like a lumberyard for steel, which it bought in bulk from distant mills and distributed in smaller amounts, mostly to customers within a hundred-mile radius of Newark. It sold off its assets in 2008 and later shut down. In 2015, a new indoor-agriculture company called AeroFarms leased the property. It had the rusting corrugated-steel exterior torn down and a new building erected on the old frame. Then it filled nearly seventy thousand square feet of floor space with what is called a vertical farm. The building’s ceiling allowed for grow tables to be stacked twelve layers tall, to a height of thirty-six feet, in rows eighty feet long. The vertical farm grows kale, bok choi, watercress, arugula, red-leaf lettuce, mizuna, and other baby salad greens.
Grammer, Dempsey & Hudson was founded in 1929. Its workers were members of the Teamsters Union, whose stance could be aggressive. Once, somebody fired shots into the company’s office, but didn’t hit anyone. Despite the union, the company and its employees got along amicably, and many of them worked there all their lives. Men moved steel plate and I-beams with cranes that ran on tracks in the floor. Trucks pulled up to the loading bays and loaded or unloaded, coming and going through the streets of Newark, past the scrap-metal yards and chemical plants and breweries. In an average year, Grammer, Dempsey & Hudson shipped about twenty thousand tons of steel. When the vertical farm is in full operation, as it expects to be soon, it hopes to ship, annually, more than a thousand tons of greens…”
From the Middlebury News Room:
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Four Middlebury College alumni have been named to the 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 list. Now in its sixth year, the list features 600 up-and-coming professionals across 20 industries.
Shane Scranton ’12 and Nate Beatty ’13 are featured together in the Enterprise Technology category for the company they launched in 2014 called IrisVR. The company creates virtual reality software for the building industry to help architects (and their clients) envision what a space will look and feel like before it gets built.
In the Healthcare category, Kevin O’Rourke ’09, a medical student at Weill Cornell Medical College, was highlighted for his work on colorectal cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. O’Rourke was lead author on a 2015 paper in the scientific journal Cell that described his work on deactivating, then reactivating a gene in mice that caused – then cured – colorectal cancer. Sloan Kettering described the study as among the “most compelling work” of that year.
Akshay Khanna ’09, vice president of strategy for the Philadelphia 76ers, is profiled in the sports category. Among his notable achievements, Forbes writes, Khanna “has led the acquisition and merger of two eSports teams for the Sixers, manages the team’s entrepreneur innovation lab, developed a StubHub-partnered ticketing platform for Sixers games, and negotiated an estimated $25 million jersey sponsorship deal with StubHub.”
Forbes says they received more than 15,000 nominations for the 600 positions.
Congrats to all!