23
Mar
2015

The microbiome is currently one of the most exciting areas of research, as scientists uncover new knowledge about the invisible microbial communities living in our bodies, on our skin, and in our environment. Improved understanding of these intricate ecosystems of bacteria and other microorganisms may dramatically change how we understand ecology, microbiology, and medicine.

20
Mar
2015

You may not realize it, but network analysis is a daily part of your life. Beyond the popular social networks of Twitter or Facebook, many companies use network data to provide some of the useful services we now take for granted: accurate web searches, book and movie recommendations, fraud detection. The art of transforming data on connections between people or entities into practical insights and predictions has made billions of dollars for companies such as Google or Amazon, creating high demand for network analysis skills.

16
Mar
2015

Data visualization sits within the triangle of science, art, and communication. That’s part of what makes it an exciting field, particularly in today’s information-heavy age. But these split loyalties also create a delicate balance that must be struck to produce a successfully communicative visualization. Fall too far on the science side, and the graphic may be too technical or dry for a general audience. Too far on the art side, and the nuances and details of the underlying information are lost beneath the design.