Mary van Valkenburg

Mary van Valkenburg is a data enthusiast with experience in data wrangling and exploration, visualization, and machine learning. Mary is excited about being a part of Nashville’s first data science bootcamp. If you asked her what she loves more: data or learning, she would have a hard time answering. Mary has a BS in Psychology and an MS in Data Science. She has 18 years of experience in software product development and consulting. She places high value on curiosity, empathy, and honesty.
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Data Analytics SQL Challenge
Sep 1, 2020
Full-time Data Analytics Cohort 1...The challenge, should you choose to accept it: Complete a series of SQL exercises and achieve a kyu rating of 6 or less and receive a free lunch on your instructor. Free lunch? Challenge Accepted! Find out how Full-time Data Analytics Cohort 1 did with this challenge. Read More

Topics: Student Stories, Analytics + Data Science

Reflections On The First Full-time Data Analytics Cohort
Aug 24, 2020
Analytics + Data Science Program Manager and Instructor, Mary van Valkenburg reflects on the time she shared with the students in the first-ever Full-time Data Analytics class. Read More

Topics: Student Stories, Analytics + Data Science

Do You Have Messy Data And Real-world Data Problems Our Bootcamps Can Learn From
Jun 1, 2020
In the last year, NSS Data Science and Data Analytics students have benefitted greatly from the generosity of companies all across Nashville. Organizations and their leaders have shared datasets, their expertise, and questions for analysis with four different cohorts to give them real-world experience. Read More

Topics: Community, Analytics + Data Science, Get Involved

Data Analytics Cohort Digs Into Nashville's Scooter Data
Oct 3, 2019
I have yet to meet anyone who doesn’t have an opinion about scooters in Nashville. So when Peter Bird, Active Transportation Planner for the Metropolitan Nashville Government, refers to himself as one of the most polarizing figures in city government it is clear that he is only half-joking. Peter Bird visited Data Analytics Cohort 1 last month to frame the analysis question using Nashville's scooter data for the class’s first team Python project. Learn what they discovered through analyzing the data. Read More

Topics: Community, Analytics + Data Science

Students Discover Interesting Insights In Nashville's Cemetery Data
Aug 21, 2019
The first Data Analytics cohort wrapped up their study of Excel this month which included a project using city cemetery data from Nashville’s Open Data Portal to create charts that could be used on a website or in printed materials to create interest in the Nashville City Cemetery. Read More

Topics: Analytics + Data Science

Do You Have A Data Question That Needs Analysis?
May 22, 2019
From the beginning, students in our data science classes have worked on projects with companies that have shared data (either company data or public data) and one or more questions their business would like to have answered by that data. This provides a tremendous experience, whereby our students get exposed to data from a variety of domains while working to answer questions that would provide real value. Learn how you can provide data or a data question for our analytics and data science bootcamps. Read More

Topics: Learning, Community, Analytics + Data Science

Data Science Students Compete in Kaggle Competition
Mar 12, 2019
Kaggle creates a community to promote learning from others and provides a platform for practicing machine learning. Students in Data Science Cohort 2 recently competed in an Earthquake Prediction competition on Kaggle sponsored by Los Alamos National Laboratory. Read More

Topics: Student Stories, Analytics + Data Science

What is the Difference Between Data Analytics And Data Science?
Feb 6, 2019
Both data analysts and data scientists are concerned with generating insights from data, and both use tools to explore and understand data, but do you know how they differ? Learn how the past, present, and future separate data analytics from data science. Read More

Topics: Analytics + Data Science

Data Science Cohort Examines Opioid Prescriptions and Fatal Overdoses
Dec 13, 2018
Our data science bootcamp explores real data to answer real-world data questions. For the past couple of weeks, cohort 2 has been exploring opioid prescribing behavior and fatal drug overdoses with axialHealthcare. See some of their analysis. Read More

Topics: Analytics + Data Science

On Your Marks, Get Set, Code! - Parallels to Great British Bake Off
Dec 12, 2018
Lately I have been captivated by the BBC’s Great British Bake Off (GBBO) on Netflix. With each season a diverse set of 12 British contestants gather under an enormous tent to translate vague recipes into finished baking products. This reminds me so much of software and data product development! Read More

Topics: Learning, Analytics + Data Science

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