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Deborah Berebichez
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Thrilled to start my new job as Chief Data Scientist at Metis in NY http://bit.ly/1MRf5ce where I will lead the creation and growth of exceptional data science training opportunities
#datascience #data #chiefdatascientist #kaplan Join our bootcamp or corporate training at www.thisismetis.com
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Congrats Debbie!
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A ella le dijeron que la física no era cosa de niñas... Mira lo que hace ahora
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My new article "Outrageous Acts of Thinking: The Misuse of Science" has created a lively discussion. Would love to hear your thoughts! (please comment on the blog itself)
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"If evolution is true, why don't you ever see a woman give birth to a goat?"... 0.o ... because that's something no one would want to see?
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Last year I did a biographical episode for Mexican TV as part of a series highlighting the accomplishments of a diverse group of Mexicans. It now has English subtitles so ‪#‎DonaldTrump‬ can understand it
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If you feel like watching a cool science episode tonight (Sat, July 11),  +Outrageous Acts Of Science is premiering our new "RACE TO ESCAPE" at 10PM (EST). From 6 - 10PM we'll have a marathon of episodes "Home Hacks," "Tested on Humans," "Speed Freaks" and "No Limits" on the +Science Channel
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My new article about my recent visit to the largest lab humanity has ever built:@CERN. Or as I like to call it "the most beautiful garden in the world." http://secretsoftheuniversefilm.com/the-most-beautiful-garden-in-the-world/ It's also both the hottest and coldest place in the galaxy! Thanks to +Rolf Landua  +Sean Carroll  +Diversity‬ ‪ +STEM Women on G+ +Science on Google+  +WomeninSTEM‬ ‪
I recently visited one of the most beautiful gardens in the world. It is a garden without flowers or exotic trees. It has no idealized landscapes of rock, sand and water. Just a few concrete paths through patches of grass where components of old particle physics experiments sparkle in the sun.
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I'm a big believer in that cultivating critical thinking skills is essential for our next generation to thrive. For me, critical thinking is the ability to abstract patterns from complex problems/ideas. With so many "learn how to code" movements out there, I'm worried that learning how to code is not enough. Coding is a language. If you learn a language without studying what you can do with it -- the culture, the philosophy -- you won’t benefit from all of its depths. The act of thinking through all of the data and figuring out which data is important cements your critical thinking skills.@Laurie Vazquez​  has captured some of my thoughts here, I'd love to know what you think
 https://www.fiatphysica.com/blog/learning/how-to-think-like-a-physicist-critical-thinking-skills
Did you know that physics teaches you how to think? More than complex equations and mountains of data, physics is really a workout for your brain. In the
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Fyi, speaking of Lumosity, research on training working memory with the hope of transferring those gains to other intelligence measures is inconsistent and equivocal. Of course, I still play those kinds of games because they're short, fun, and addicting :)

Most individual gains are likely due to repetition and practice, BUT those gains might only be tailored to that specific game's task (i.e., doing better at the game is less likely to transfer over to improved fluid intelligence, and game performance may not measure what researchers think they're measuring).

Significant limitations of some previous studies include lack of actively engaged control groups (as opposed to passive or "no contact" ones); inappropriate collation of task performance data from heterogeneous groups and tests; generous extrapolation from results of one-dimensional metrics claiming to represent more complex cognitive abilities; and publication bias suffering from the "file drawer problem" (the proportion of unpublished negative results are likely high).

This study from 2013 includes a nice review: 
http://www.researchgate.net/publication/227340699_No_Evidence_of_Intelligence_Improvement_After_Working_Memory_Training_A_Randomized_Placebo-Controlled_Study

They found that despite significant improvements on working memory training tasks, the subjects demonstrated no positive transfer to fluid intelligence, multitasking, working memory capacity, crystallized intelligence, or perceptual speed tasks. Interestingly, individuals subjectively reported feeling an increase in their cognitive abilities afterwards despite no improvement by any objective performance measure!

More variables need to be teased apart, though, so some potential benefit in certain populations for aspects other than working memory isn't quite settled yet.

(Some studies in special populations of adult stroke patients, epileptics, children treated for brain cancer, etc. indicate some weak correlation between game practice and selective cognitive improvement, but mostly not more than those seen in controls, however.)

Edit: Another great discussion of a study in Nature from 2010: 
http://blog.brainfacts.org/2013/05/how-can-we-enhance-working-memory/#.VkeNEnarS00
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I may not be appearing in the +The Big Bang Theory  -yet. But can't wait to hang out with "Howard" as he narrates our film http://secretsoftheuniversefilm.com/ http://prn.to/1LPqeMV. Yay!!!
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My first @HuffPostBlog"Who Says Science Movies Don't Matter?" Please share & comment. Thanks!  via @HuffPostScience
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Thanks William, +William L. Weaver I appreciate your comment.
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Hi friends! Please help us make it happen for the SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE. Our campaign is live and we would love your support for this IMAX film about the exciting discoveries of particle physics at CERN. The project will include a number of outreach activities to encourage young people to pursue STEM careers. So please consider contributing to our Indiegogo campaign here. Thanks so much!
A film to inspire an appreciation for scientific discovery through the story of the amazing LHC. | Crowdfunding is a democratic way to support the fundraising needs of your community. Make a contribution today!
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OK friends, spreading some news I just got: NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration and S.E.T.I. have called for a press conference at 12PM EST tomorrow Thursday, July 23rd. The Kepler mission has discovered an earth-like world called Kepler 452b. At a distance of 1,400 light-years away, Kepler 452b accompanies a star whose characteristics are very similar to the Sun: 4% more massive and 10% brighter. Kepler 452b orbits its star at the same distance as the Earth orbits the Sun. They are talking extraordinary potential atmosphere, water etc.. *None of these details have been released and I can't confirm yet. But you can watch tomorrow here: http://www.nasa.gov/news/media/newsaudio/index.html (thanks Robin Seemangal)
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My visit to the largest lab in the world @CERN. Or as I call it, "the most beautiful garden in the world"  https://shar.es/1qMSRR
I recently visited one of the most beautiful gardens in the world. It is a garden without flowers or exotic trees. It has no idealized landscapes of rock, sand and water. Just a few concrete paths through patches of grass where components of old particle physics experiments sparkle in the sun.
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A physicist with a deep passion for communicating science to the masses. Secondary life as philosopher and actor. Made in Mexico.
Introduction
A Stanford-trained physicist who is very passionate about communicating science. My initiatives to popularize science have impacted thousands of people around the world. For my Ph.D. Dissertation I invented a highly effective technique to focus wireless signals in targeted locations. This method allows for secure communications among desired users inside buildings. The applications of this technique extend to the medical and entertainment fields. I also published research in the field of nano-physics.

I have a huge passion to popularize science and motivate young minds to think analytically and critically about the world. This has led me to pioneer learning initiatives in schools and universities in Mexico, Africa, the US and Israel. I'm a frequent public speaker [http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/TEDxEast-Debbie-Berebichez-How] and have been recognized by numerous media outlets such as Oprah, CNN, WSJ, TED, DLD, WIRED, Martha Stewart, City of Ideas, Dr. Oz Show, Celebrity Scientist and others. I regularly appear as a science expert on different international TV networks; co-hosted National Geographic’s “Humanly
Impossible” and the upcoming show 'You've Been Warned' on the Discovery channel.
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First Mexican woman to graduate with a physics Ph.D. from Stanford
Education
  • Stanford University
    Physics, 1998 - 2005
  • National Autonomous University of Mexico
    Physics, 1996 - 1998
  • Brandeis University
    Physics and Philosophy, 1993 - 1996
  • Columbia University
    Physics, 2005 - 2007
  • New York University
    Applied Mathematics, 2005 - 2007
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Debbie Berebichez
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Physicist, data scientist and TV Presenter
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  • Science with Debbie
    Founder, present
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New York
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Mexico City - Israel - London - Palo Alto, CA
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