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Ada Lovelace Day

Ada Lovelace Day 2020

When: Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Help Bloomington recognize one of history’s overlooked champions by celebrating Ada Lovelace Day with us! Ada Lovelace Day is an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Founded in 2009, it is now held every year on the second Tuesday of October. This year, Ada Lovelace Day is moving online, with cities across the world participating in new and exciting ways.

On Tuesday, October 13, our community is celebrating its second annual Ada Lovelace Day Celebration, with a special focus on how the arts relate to STEM (commonly referred to as “STEAM”). Cardinal Stage and The Dimension Mill are teaming up to bring a variety of safe, online, and socially distant ways to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day. Learn more about these events below!

Virtual Lunchtime Panel: A Celebration of Women Innovators

When: Tuesday, October 13 at 12:00pm
RSVP: Click here to RSVP!

At 12:00pm, Cardinal Stage will host a virtual Ada Day Discussion Panel featuring a variety of local women in STEAM. Joining the discussion is IU’s 18th First Lady Laurie Burns McRobbie; IU Ventures Executive Director Teri Willey; founder of The Guarden LLC Nichelle Witney; and Graphic Designer and co-founder of UnderConsideration Bryony Gomez-Palacio. Katy Börner, recipient of last year’s Ada Lovelace Day Award, will be moderating the panel. The panel is free to attend! Learn more about our panelists below.

Data Visualization Open House at The Mill

When: Tuesday, October 13 2:00 – 6:00 pm
Where: The Dimension Mill, 642 N Madison St

In the afternoon, The Mill host a showing of large-scale data visualizations known as “Macroscopes,” created by researchers at IU’s School for Informatics, Computing and Engineering. The exhibit will be open to the public from 2:00-6:00 pm in The Mill’s event space on the ground floor. Occupancy will be limited to 30 people at a time, attendees are expected to maintain social distance, and masks will be required (volunteers will be staffing the open house to aid with capacity management). No RSVP required. 

“Macroscopes” gather vast amounts of information, analyze it, and visualize it to gain clear insights from complex data. To do so, they use powerful algorithms. This collection of macroscopes highlights different methods for harnessing the power of a dataset: scrollytelling, network analysis, dimensionality reduction, “scrollytelling,” and natural language processing. Each can be used to create data portals of great power, utility, and beauty.

Highlighting Women in Technical Theatre

When: Tuesday, October 13, all day 
Where: Social Media!

Throughout the day, Cardinal Stage will be releasing a series of videos highlighting women in Technical Theatre. To watch and learn more about how science and mathematics come into play backstage, follow cardinal stage at @cardinalstage. In the weeks leading up to the celebration, Cardinal will also be featuring various Women in STEAM and sharing trivia about Ada Lovelace via social media.

Want to test your Ada Lovelace knowledge? Take our “How much do you really know about Ada Lovelace” quiz on Buzzfeed!

Lunchtime Panelists

Katy Börner (Moderator) is the Victor H. Yngve Distinguished Professor of Engineering and Information Science in the Departments of Intelligent Systems Engineering and Information Science, School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering; core faculty of the Cognitive Science Program; and founding director of the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center —all at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.

She is also a visiting professor at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) in the Netherlands; Visiting Professor and Mercator Fellow in User-Centered Social Media, Department of Computer Science and Applied Cognitive Science, University of Duisburg-Essen, Duisburg, Germany; and Humboldt Fellow, Technology/Media Centre, Dresden University of Technology, Germany.  Börner became a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2012, a Humboldt Research Fellow in 2017, and an Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Fellow in 2018. Since 2005, she serves as a curator of the international Places & Spaces: Mapping Science exhibit.

Börner’s research focuses on the development of data analysis and visualization techniques for information access, understanding, and management. She is particularly interested in the formalization, measurement, and systematic improvement of people’s data visualization literacy; the study of the structure and evolution of scientific disciplines; the analysis and visualization of online activity; and the development of cyberinfrastructures for large-scale scientific collaboration and computation.

She holds an MS in electrical engineering from the University of Technology in Leipzig, and a PhD in computer science from the University of Kaiserslautern.

Laurie Burns McRobbie (Panelist), as IU’s 18th First Lady, Laurie is an active ambassador for Indiana University and its extensive alumni community, with a particular focus on philanthropy and the growing influence of women. Laurie is a founder of the Women’s Philanthropy Leadership Council at the Indiana University Foundation and serves as its honorary chair. Laurie came to IU from a long career in information technology for research and education at the University of Michigan and at Internet2. She holds an adjunct faculty position in IU’s Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering, where she helped found the ServeIT service-learning clinic and played a crucial role in the establishment of the Indiana University Center of Excellence for Women and Technology (CEW&T) at IU Bloomington. Laurie also holds an adjunct faculty position in the Lilly School of Philanthropy at IUPUI.

IU’s First Lady serves on numerous boards both locally and nationally, including the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, the Riley Children’s Foundation, and serves as President of the Board of Directors for the Indiana Conference for Women. In July of 2017, she was appointed by Governor Eric Holcomb to the Indiana Arts Commission. Laurie holds a Masters in Philanthropic Studies from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

Bryony Gomez-Palacio (Panelist), born and raised in Mexico City, Bryony Gomez-Palacio is co-founder of UnderConsideration, a graphic design firm generating its own projects, initiatives, and content while taking on limited client work. Over the last two decades Bryony has managed the behind the scenes of various blogs and design sites co-created with her husband and partner Armin Vit. The unrelenting partnership let to the publication of five books, the Brand New Conference, a two-day event on corporate and brand identity with some of today’s most active and influential practitioners  and First Round, a one-day showcase of original presentations made to clients showing initial design explorations for logo, identity, and branding projects that takes place every few months in a different city.

When not hand-making materials for the Brand New Conference, organizing events, or working on client work Bryony can be found doing her part for the community of Bloomington, IN, as Chair to the Bloomington Arts Commission, as Chair to the Cardinal Stage Red Feather Bash annual event, and as a Board Member for the Dimension Mill—or out of town where she loves to meet new people while conducting workshops, judging competitions, or lecturing on all things design.

Teri Willey (Panelist), returned to Indiana in 2018 to join Indiana University as an Executive Director of IU Ventures and to launch and manage the new Indiana Philanthropic Venture Fund. She is a member of the IU Ventures Board and Investment Committee; Dimension Mill/Velocities Investment Committee; a Director of the Venture Club of Indiana, a Director of portfolio companies: Vascugen, NERx Biosciences, Diagnotes and Periodic; Advisor to OnCode Institute in the Netherlands, the Frankel Innovation Initiative at the University of Michigan and the Technology Innovation Partnership at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory; and an Investing Member of the Dimension Mill Flywheel Fund and the Portfolia Rising American Fund.

Her career has been about starting and re-organizing university technology transfer programs and launching new early stage funds that invest in university science based ventures. She has been an advisor to policy makers, universities and companies, is a past President of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), a former Bye Fellow of Christ’s College Cambridge in England and a State of Indiana Sagamore of the Wabash.

Nichelle Whitney (panelist) is the founder of The Guarden LLC, a place where things can grow. In The Guarden, Nichelle offers tailored diversity education experiences for institutions, agencies, and organizations of all sizes. Additionally, Nichelle serves as a faculty champion for Black Women & Tech – a student alliance group within the Center of Excellence for Women & Tech at Indiana University Bloomington. She serves as the Senior Assistant Director for Diversity Recruitment and Outreach for Indiana University, and also manages Girls Coding Week for Monroe County. In her spare time, you can find Nichelle serving as a women’s Commissioner for Monroe County where she coordinates efforts to advance the quality of life for women-identifying citizens; addresses policy and legislature as it impacts women-identifying citizens; and works with local and national organizations to conduct research on the lived experiences of underrepresented people in the county. She spends additional time serving with the Inclusion, Access, and Success Committee for the state of Indiana, and also serves as a Board Fellow for the Community Foundation of Bloomington & Monroe County.”