They Don't Teach You That In School

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A fireside chat with Cathy O’Neil about why universities can’t make data scientists. Lots of companies want to hire data scientists, and there aren’t enough to go around. Some universities are adding data science graduate departments, but they’re facing an uphill battle, thanks to a lack of good data for academics, political infighting, and scalability issues.

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Cathy O'Neil

Weapons of Math Destruction

Cathy O’Neil a data scientist for the startup media company Intent Media. Cathy began her career as a postdoc in MIT’s Math Department. She has been a professor at Barnard College, where she published a number of research papers in arithmetic algebraic geometry, and worked as a quant for the hedge fund D.E. Shaw in the middle of the credit crisis and for RiskMetrics, a risk software company that assesses risk for the holdings of hedge funds and banks. Cathy holds a PhD in math from Harvard.

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Julie Steele

Manifold

Julie Steele is Director of Marketing at Manifold, an artificial intelligence engineering services firm with offices in Boston and Silicon Valley. Julie was Director of Communications at Silicon Valley Data Science (SVDS), where she was instrumental in developing a strong sense of brand through content and design. Her experience on both sides of the content creation process began when she worked at O’Reilly Media, first as an Acquisitions Editor and then on the Strata conferences. Julie is author and coauthor of multiple books, published reports, and articles on data visualization and data science.

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