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Don't miss our new NICAR15 spotlight series

New for NICAR15: We're offering a series of spotlight sessions introducing journalists to expertise from other fields. Hear from the former lead data visualizer for NASA, a professor who will help you think differently about math and a sociologist who analyzed the impact of social media during the Arab Spring. We're hoping these sessions help you discover practical tools and concepts that can help you push the limits, dig deeper and tell better stories. We're excited about our lineup of speakers and you can read about them below.

Jordan Ellenberg is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin and the author of How Not To Be Wrong, a book about the ways mathematics is wrapped in and around everything we do. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Wired, The Believer, and the Boston Globe, and he is the author of the “Do the Math” column in Slate. His session is titled "Talking about uncertainty."


Zeynep Tufekci is an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill at the School of Information and Library Science with an affiliate appointment in the Department of Sociology. Her research revolves around the interaction between technology and society. She has conducted and published research on a range of topics including social media big data, media use of protesters in Tahrir square and online social networking. Recent writings can be found at Medium and include "That Catcalling Video and Why 'Research Methods' is such an Exciting Topic (Really!)", "How TED (Really) Works" and "Ebola: The Real Reason Everyone Should Panic."
Robert Simmon is a data visualizer and designer working with Planet Labs. Previously, he spent 20 years at NASA co-founding the Earth Observatory website. He is an expert at creating clear and compelling imagery from satellite data. He helped create some of NASA’s most widely-seen imagery, including the Earth at Night and the 2002 Blue Marble. His imagery has appeared in newspapers, websites, and advertisements, and was featured on the login screen of the original Apple iPhone.


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