Save the dates! 5th World Science Festival coming to NYC May 30-June 3 2012

It’s hard to believe that it’s already been 5 years since the first world science festival here in NYC. The event is a series of lectures and science-related events, including plays, outdoor events, and of course lectures from some of the most well known scientists and science expositors.  Read more

Engineering Careers, Consulting, and Startups

Last night I attended the senior dinner for graduating Columbia engineers and sat next to a student who was going into consulting. The company she’s going to work for, she said, recruited heavily, and offered a diversity of experiences, which appealed to her because she said she wasn’t quite sure yet what she wanted to do with her life. She admitted that she would probably not use any of her undergraduate STEM education.  Read more

Data Science Hackathon & Data Science in NYC

On Saturday, I was a judge for the Data Viz Competition at the NYC Data Hackathon, part of the world’s first global data hackathon. Along with my fellow judges Cathy O’Neil and Jake Porway, we gave an award to the team that best found a  nontrivial insight from the data provided for the competition and managed to render that insight visually.  Read more

Afghanistan / Wikileaks visualized (Data Viz + Open Source FTW)

NYC’s own Drew Conway (grad student @ NYU) Mike Dewar (postdoc @ Columbia) put together a visualization of the recent trove of data released by wikileaks.org about Afghanistan. The work was picked up by Wired.com this week in a post titled Open Source Tools Turn WikiLeaks Into Illustrated Afghan Meltdown and also featured in the Atlantic.  Read more