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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Recent Posts

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
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

First Data Science Class With Vanderbilt University Medical Center's BRET Program Concludes
Nov 14, 2018
Part 1 of Data Science Essentials, Introduction to Data Science, an 8-week course in Python aimed at helping doctoral students and post docs explore whether data science might be a good career fit, ended on 10/31 with student presentations to share findings, practice data storytelling, and celebrate their hard work. Read More
Data Science Cohort 2 Assesses Housing Affordability in Nashville
Nov 6, 2018
One of the best things about the Data Science bootcamp at NSS is the opportunity for students to practice skills while answering real-world questions posed by people who know the domain area well. In October, students explored Nashville building permit data and property assessment data along with zip code-level tax return data to understand how the supply and demand of affordable housing has been changing since 2009. Read More

Topics: Analytics + Data Science

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and NSS Partnership Underway
Sep 19, 2018
In February of 2018, NSS partnered with the Office of Biomedical Research Education and Training (BRET) at the Vanderbilt University Medical School to begin shaping an Introduction to Data Science for post-doctoral students. This program, Data Science Essentials, was funded by a grant from the Burroughs Wellcome fund and consists of three parts. Read More

Topics: Community, Analytics + Data Science

Data Science Cohort 2 Dives Into Data Cleaning and Exploration
Sep 10, 2018
Last week Data Science Cohort 2 started their first team project and Data Question 2. The data holds information about computing jobs that were submitted over the course of a year at ACCRE, Vanderbilt’s Advanced Computing Center for Research and Education. Read More

Topics: Analytics + Data Science

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