Jenna is the community relations manager for datascience@berkeley, UC Berkeley School of Information's online masters in data science. She has a background in anthropology, and worked extensively with SPSS and other relational databases for her thesis. In her free time, she enjoys reading, travel, and blogging about all things science. Follow her on Google+.

Changing the Curve: Women in Computing [Infographic]

What do the first computer programmer, the patent holder for spread spectrum wireless communications, and the author of the first assembly language have in common? In this infographic, datascience@berkeley explores the history and influence of women in computing, looking at some big names throughout the ages and then reviewing some sobering statistics about the current state of women in technology.

Eric Berlow and Sean Gourley: Mapping Ideas Worth Spreading

We’re often connected by the ideas we share long before we ever meet. It’s something that Eric Berlow and Sean Gourley, both data scientists and TED Fellows, realized when they met and started to compare notes about similar talks they’d given. That dialogue sparked the idea to map the global conversations around connected topics.

Data Dialogs Interview: Motiga’s Kimberly Stedman

Today, we have an interview with Kimberly Stedman, data scientist at Motiga and one of our speakers at this week’s Data Dialogs conference. Here, she talks to us about the human factors in data, the importance of accurately communicating findings, and why more data isn’t always better.

Master of Information and Data Science Students Join I School Tailgate

At a recent tailgate for the Cal/Colorado football game hosted at the University of California, Berkeley campus, the School of Information welcomed some special visitors: Master of Information and Data Science (MIDS) students.

UC Berkeley Graduate Students Develop Hospital-Ranking App

UC Berkeley School of Information students have developed a “My Best Hospital” app, which helps patients find medical services catered to their specific needs. The project was completed as part of the “Storing and Retrieving Data” and “Visualizing and Communicating Data” courses. The Daily Californian covered the app in the following article.

John Wilbanks: Let’s Pool Our Medical Data

In this TED Talk, data scientist John Wilbanks discusses how strict privacy laws inhibit scientific research efforts, and asks us to imagine what potential discoveries could result from a giant pool of freely available anonymized health and genomic data.