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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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Saturday, August 2, 2014

I = mr^2 or the physics of ballet

Hello World!
I recently aquired these fabulous ballet flats (on sale!) for everyday street wear and it made me wonder about the physics of ballet shoes and ballet in general. I found this great website that applies and explains ballet moves in mathematical terms, www.unc.edu/~shahk/Sites/Site/Welcome.html
I encourage you to check it out as it was quite enjoyable to read. Each tab on the page explains a different element of ballet from the shoes to the graceful (and illusory!) leaps. 



 For even more details and some great references check out this website http://www.hep.uiuc.edu/home/g-gollin/dance/dance_physics.html 

If you want to read about Yale professors who put the calculations in choreography check out http://www.symmetrymagazine.org/article/may-2014/the-physics-of-dance 

And if you want to read even more, check out this student paper
http://arxiv.org/pdf/0706.2717.pdf or this book (available on Amazon)



As for me I think it is time to practice rotational inertia. 
Happy STEM dancing! 
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Diversity in Fashion

Hello World!
I saw this article and found it very inspiring. https://www.yahoo.com/shine/healthy-living/nordstrom-latest-brand-to-redefine-beauty-by-featuring-disabled-model-174358741.html 
It discusses new ad campaigns featuring people who are differently abled. I think differently abled is a more accurate way of saying disabled, as people are still abled, just differently. In any case, I thought it was great to see all people being represented and wanted to share.
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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Happy Let Out Your Inner Geek Day @ Dumpling Nerds

Hello World!
Happy let out your inner geek day!

http://www.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/07/13/go.geekness.day/

I celebrated at Dumpling Nerds, my favorite Korean cafe.


While there, I learned that food must be sent to a special lab that will weigh and burn the food and then enter the pre post weights into a special formula in order for calories to be officially stated on foods.

I learned that you should not use cans of food that are dented or dropped because that can introduce bacteria and other harmful toxins to your food. If you open a canned good and it hisses (off gassing) you should discard it because it has been tainted.

I also ate their delicious dumplings. Now I will celebrate with Pi ;)

Happy Geek day!

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Science Museum 2 (STEM funnies)


Hello World!
So I promised several entries on my visit to the science museum... Here are fun STEM jokes or play on words I learned while there;












And a sign of our new times! 


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