GlyphEd Announces Data Science Student Initiative for Computer Science and Information Design Students

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Alexandria, Va, March 26, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- , the leading provider of interactive data visualization and discovery technology for college and university management teams, announced its' Data Science Student Initiative today. As part of the initiative, universities and high schools incorporate GlyphEd software as  a part of their computer, data science, and information design curriculums. Students use the  software suite to discover insights into data and explore how multi-dimensional glyph-based visualizations can efficiency and effectiveness gains in insight discovery.

On March 10 and 24, Case Western Reserve hosted the Cleveland High School Data Science Competition on its Cleveland, Ohio campus. Close to one hundred high school students, their teachers and over thirty professionals from the data science and higher education fields participated in the region’s second annual data science competition.

This ‘Kaggle-like’ experiential learning competition, designed specifically for high school students, exposed students to the world of data science and gave them a hands-on opportunity to interpret and manipulate data with mentorship from professionals in the field.

The second annual competition was sponsored by CoverMyMeds - a leader in the field of patient prescription medication authorization, Case Western Reserve University-boasting one of the regions only undergraduate data science programs, the Cleveland Foundation, and BioEnterprise.  The event was launched by the collaborative effort of HIT in the CLE which represents the efforts to grow more talent for the Health IT industry of Northeast Ohio.During the competition, the students used familiar data sets such as video game, sports, and social media data to enhance learning and exploration. Using a variety of data analysis tools, including , the students dove deeply into data sets on the first day of the two-day event.  Students then presented their finding on the second day in two rounds of competition. 

Teams were judged on 5 specific criteria:

" introduced the power of data visualization to students who, until now, knew only spreadsheets and standard graphing tools. Using GlyphEd opened their eyes to the possibilities inherent to advanced analysis and new ways to communicate the meaning of data," said Grady Burrows, Director of Health IT talent  at BioEnterprise and HIT in the CLE.

Since 2016, has used software in its computer science program to explore and understand the benefits of data visualization.  Additional universities are using the software in their spring 2018 curriculum.

The  provides low cost discounted GlyphIT™ software licenses to students, and free access to professors.

"Our goal is to help bridge the data science education gap, and encourage more students to join the field," said Mark Sloan, founder and CEO of . "The GlyphEd Data Science Student Initiative is a way for us to connect with younger people who love to play with data and who will shape how that data is used in science, medicine, education and business. It's incredibly exciting to watch students of all ages experience ‘a-ha moments’ when the data reveals something new.”

If you are a student or professor interested in learning more about the GlyphEd Data Science Student Initiative, please contact .

Since 2015, the collaboration has facilitated access to relevant computer science curricula for over 10,000 Cuyahoga County high school students, enabled roughly 150 post-secondary student engagements with or visits to regional health IT companies, and hosted approximately 200 high school students in data science competitions. For more information: .

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Globe Newswire: 13:00 GMT Monday 26th March 2018

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