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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Imaginary numbers

Hello World!
My nephew gave me this great math funny comic so of course I had to share!


I also thought it would be good to share links about imaginary numbers in case you do not recall them. 

https://www.khanacademy.org/math/precalculus/imaginary_complex_precalc/i_precalc/v/introduction-to-i-and-imaginary-numbers

And 

http://www.mathsisfun.com/numbers/imaginary-numbers.html

You might think that this stuff is hardly used, but I was chatting with a friend the other day who told me about the old days of using Pythagoras to calculate touch screen inputs on cell phones and the app that was required to be made for a job interview at a tech company. It is pretty amazing how much math is all around us... Imagine that! 

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Great resource

Hello World!
I am moving (so posts may be sparse) but wanted to share this great website with you! (All things tech and community) 

http://anitaborg.org

I also returned from a meeting where I had the fun of sharing data and thoughts!  It is really fun to use STEM for cultural heritage preservation, I am grateful for culture and that I can do something that helps it continue. Well, have a STEMtastic day!
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Big Bang Theory

Hello World!
One of my dear friends sent this to me and I had to share. It is pretty cool to see science advocacy from an actress/scientist, who knows maybe you'll be the next Bill Nye the science guy (Val the science gal?)!

"While most people know me as an actress on "The Big Bang Theory," I also have a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA. I am a science geek and I embrace it! ..."

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Math fun

Hello World!
I saw this funny cartoon and had to share!


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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Congrats!

Hello World!
I would like to extend my congratulations to Maryam Mirzakhani for winning the 2014 Fields Medal, considered the Nobel Prize of math! She is the first women to win this award. I am encouraged to know math does not have to be a barrier and inspired by her accomplishment. Congrats to her!


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Sunday, August 10, 2014

A piece of Pie chart please

Hello World!
I was sent this hilarious image and it led me to wonder about the history of the pie chart...
...And find this great article 
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/22/magazine/who-made-that-pie-chart.html?_r=0 
The article states that pie charts were invented in 1801 by William Playfair, a Scottish engineer and they were adapted by Florence Nightingale (a statistician as well as a nurse, read more here http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/nightingale_florence.shtml) to pursuade people for her cause. I think that is one of the great examples of the value of diversity and different perspectives, people can build and grow and perfect their ideas off each other, or look at old concepts in new ways. 

Data and it's visualization are very important, but where can you go to learn more about info graphics, data visualization and other new tools to accomplish the telling of your data story? Here is one link I found to a free course http://www.open.edu/openlearn/science-maths-technology/computing-and-ict/computing/visualisation-visual-representations-data-and-information/content-section-0

I also found other cool resources shared by this cool women's tech blog here 
http://www.mv-voice.com/blogs/p/2014/04/17/analyze-data-yourself-with-r---a-fast-growing-language-for-statistics-forecasting-and-graphs

In the above article you can read about the language R, courses, groups that meet up to learn about stats tech, weather and it's visual representation and more. Be sure to check it out!

What started off as something funny has led me to the very serious, and that is the value and importance of visualizing your data and being open to diversity, for life or work.

Hope you enjoyed the pie chart! I am sure it was a tasty byte ;)

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Pioneers in Engineering

Hello World!
While doing some research for an engineering article I'm writing, I found this fun piece on 5 women pioneers in engineering. Did you know that sattelites stay in orbit longer thanks to the inventions of Yvonne Brill? Or that Lillian Moller Gilbreth engineered the art of living? To learn more about these and other innovative engineers check out 
https://www.asme.org/engineering-topics/articles/history-of-mechanical-engineering/5-women-pioneers-in-engineering

Have a STEMtastic day!
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