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Becoming a Data Scientist Podcast feat. Debbie Berebichez (Metis Chief Data Scientist)
By Emily Wilson • July 27, 2016
Episode 13 of the Becoming a Data Scientist podcast features Metis Chief Data Scientist Debbie Berebichez, who tells the story of her childhood in Mexico City. While she was naturally interested in math and physics from a young age, she was discouraged from pursuing them, instead nudged toward topics considered more "feminine" to the people and culture surrounding her.
She overcame personal odds and moved to the U.S. on a full scholarship to Brandeis University, eventually becoming the first Mexican woman to graduate with a Ph.D. in Physics from Stanford University. She's now a Physicist, TV Host, girls-in-STEM advocate, and our Chief Data Scientist. Hear her full story here:
Yes, SQL is an old language developed in the 70’s. But many great and lasting technological advances came about in that same decade. For this post, we sat down with Jonathan Balaban, a Metis Sr. Data Scientist who helped develop our Live Online SQL Fundamentals part-time course. He discusses how he and others on the team came to develop this course based on bootcamp graduate feedback, why SQL is important to know, and why it’s likely to continue standing the test of time.
Going through a data science bootcamp is an intense experience for everyone involved. Students work at a breakneck pace unparalleled in other learning environments, absorbing new and difficult concepts and skills, and applying them to projects starting as early as week one. All the while, instructors shoulder the hopes and fears of their cohorts as they guide and teach them over the course of 12 weeks. For interested individuals, teaching a bootcamp can have tangible career benefits related to industry goals and aspirations. Read how here.
Paul Trowbridge, instructor of our upcoming Live Online Statistical Foundations for Data Science & Machine Learning course, discussed the need for a firm stats foundation, talked about his career, and more during a recent Q&A.