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Happy #MoonshotMonday! In the spirit of Moonshot thinking, here's one to Grace Hopper. Today’s Google Doodle celebrates what would have been the 107th birthday of computer pioneer Grace Hopper (1906-1992) just in time for the 'Hour of Code' kicking off Computer Science Education Week. Hopper created COBOL (Common Business-Oriented Language,) the program that allows computer to communicate through language as well as numbers. #STEMwomen  
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Another #ftw  for Science. Have you followed +Google Science Fair yet? I would highly recommend this. They will definitely make you laugh, think and inspire you in science.  
 
Researchers at MIT have created a way to reach through a screen and interact with objects. http://wbby.co/s0KE
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It's been a while since I've posted. I know. Reason being is that I've made the transition from marketing to STEM, to recruiting for STEM. My focus is now on recruiting for Google, specifically for Software Engineers. 

What does that mean for my Google+ stream and community? A few things...
1. I will continue to post about interesting happenings in the STEM community, with a larger focus on the software engineering side. 
2. Definitely keep in touch with me. One of the coolest things from being a CM for the Google+ STEM community was actually being a part of your brilliance. I want that to continue. Let's keep chatting! 
3. Long live #STEM! 
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I love taking pictures of still objects and staging them. OBVIOUSLY I love #science  and even more when it's +Google Science Fair. Very proud to be wearing this shirt today!

Don't forget to watch the Livestream tonight at 7 PM PST to see who won this year: http://goo.gl/Rjzhs0
 
    You had us at science. (That's Google Science Fair!)

We are well underway with Day 2 of the Google Science Fair. Today is the big day! We are announcing the Age Category Winners and the Grand Prize Winner at 7 PM PST tonight. Make sure to join the Livestream and see the announcement for yourself. Stay tuned here: http://goo.gl/Rjzhs0 
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Interested in what @Google researchers and software engineers do? Check out this post by +Research at Google. An interesting recap of the recent Neural Information Processing Systems conference. #engineer   #research  
 
Neural Information Processing Systems 2013 Highlights

Last Week, Lake Tahoe, California was host to the Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) conference, co-hosted by Google. Over 300 papers were accepted and presented in a combination of oral presentations, poster sessions, and demonstrations. Below are just a few highlights of the latest research on display at #nips2013 :

During Friday’s morning spotlight session, Google Software Engineer Krzysztof Choromanski and co-authors Tony Jebara and Kui Tang of Columbia University presented Adaptive Anonymity via b-Matching. In it, the authors explored anonymity settings for user data that would allow maximal utility for machine learning applications while preserving an individual’s level of desired privacy. This work contributes novel efficient algorithms that are straightforward to implement and that secures user data to respect each individual’s privacy settings. Read the full paper at http://goo.gl/KDccsC.

On Saturday, joint postdoctoral fellow at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Marius Kloft presented Learning Kernels Using Local Rademacher Complexity, co-authored by +Corinna Cortes and +Mehryar Mohri of Google Research. In the paper, the authors seek to use a finer notion of complexity for the design of Kernel-based algorithms used in Machine Learning (ML) by utilizing a local Rademacher complexity, which takes into consideration that the hypotheses selected by a learning algorithm have  better performance and belong to a favorable sub-family of the set of all hypotheses. Learn more at http://goo.gl/r1ibkQ.

In addition to the talks, NIPS featured demos from industry and academia alike, allowing conference participants a glimpse at the latest research developments in robotics, machine learning, music recommendation, and more (see photos below). During the demo session, Googlers Tomas Mikolov, Kai Chen, and +Greg Corrado  showcased Distributed Representations of Words and Phrases and their Compositionality, a demonstration of word and phrase representations derived from neural network models that were trained on about one hundred billion words. 

Attendees were able to take part in interactive applications where they were able to search for similar phrases, search queries and sentences, visualize word vectors, and get answers to analogies they supplied.  To learn more about the work behind this demo, visit our recent post at http://goo.gl/Zymgcg

To access all of the papers presented at NIPS 2013, including all reviews and author rebuttals, visit http://goo.gl/bgiEky
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Hello Women Techmakers! My name is Olga. It's a huge pleasure to be a part of this group of fabulous women.

A little about me: I've been doing STEM community management for the past few years with an emphasis on women in STEM. I helped kickstart the STEM community on Google+ as well as the Google Science Fair community. In my own town of Austin...I created a group called the Young Women's Roundtable where we provide access to female executives to leverage their business and career experiences. 

A little about you:  There's a segment on NPR that I absolutely love where listeners describe themselves in 6 words or less. That is my challenge for y'all today. What does it mean to you to be a woman in 
STEM in 6 words or less? #womenwednesday  

I'll kick it off....
Geeking out to Science and Tech
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I wanted to share this with everyone on +Google+. This is a huge opportunity and I encourage you to share, apply and help spread the word. 

At Google, we believe information should be universally accessible.  Our education and scholarship programs aim to inspire and help students become future leaders in computing and technology by breaking down the barriers that prevent them from entering these fields.  If selected, scholarship recipients will each receive a $10,000 USD or $5,000 CAD scholarship for the 2014-2015 academic year and be invited to attend the all-expense paid Annual Google Scholars' Retreat at the Googleplex this summer.  Scholarships will be awarded based on the strength of applicants' academic background, leadership, and demonstrated passion for computer science. 

Please see below for a list of open scholarships.  All scholarship applications are due on December 2, 2013.

Google Anita Borg Scholarship is open to current female undergraduate or graduate students who will be studying at a university in the United States or Canada for the 2014-2015 academic year. (http://www.google.com/anitaborg/us/)

Generation Google Scholarship is open to current undergraduate or graduate students from an underrepresented background in computer science who will be studying at a university in United States or Canada for the 2014-2015 academic year.  (http://www.google.com/edu/students/the-generation-google-scholarship/)

Google Lime Scholarship is open to current undergraduate or graduate students with disabilities who will be studying at a university in United States or Canada for the 2014-2015 academic year. (http://www.google.com/edu/students/the-google-lime-scholarship/)

Google SVA Scholarship for student veterans is open to current undergraduate or graduate student veterans who will be studying at a university in the United States for the 2014-2015 academic year. (http://www.google.com/edu/students/google-sva-scholarship/)

For complete details on all of our scholarships, please visit www.google.com/students/scholarships
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My opinions do not represent the opinions of Google or past clients or employers.  

Well howdy! Thanks for coming to my Google+.

My motto in life has always been "might as well live with no regrets and lots of style". My G+ is a reminder that regrets are about as valuable as a llama in the kitchen of a hostel in Southern Australia (true story). I've tested and confirmed this by doing things like moving to Austin on a whim, sneaking into the VIP tent at a huge techno party, backpacking around the world on a 15K budget for a year, starting my own social media and online consulting business, and the list goes on. 

All of those experiences led me to where I am now, proudly working as a STEM Community Partner for Google+ marketing. My main mission is to help STEM media partners, academics, teachers and enthusiasts set up their Google+ pages and rock their Google+ brand. I've worked with partners as large as NASA and National Geographic and also helped build organic communities with CosmoQuest, ScienceSunday, STEM Women on Google+ and many more. One of the proudest programs I helped build was deSTEMber - an entire month of STEM educational activities, panels and mentorships all on Google+. STEM is cool and even cooler on Google+. You'll find me talking about funny musings, science, and travel/culture. If you'd like to be part of my communities, ping me and I've got your G+ back! 


Get your Google+ on! 

You'll catch me writing about maximizing your online style by writing more effectively, using Google+, and other Google+ musings. I'm here to help you and + your life. If you have Google+ questions, I've got answers. Like my colleague Sara Reid says, "we are introducing people to the + side of things". 


Fun Facts About Me
  • Yes...my name is OG! 
  • I am actually a robot. I have a metal plate for a collarbone and 6 screws holding it together. 
  • There is a typo in my bio...can you find it?
  • I've officially converted to Texan. I say y'all and I can two step. (Although I still have the driving attitude of a Jersey girl). 
  • I listen to techno, watch soccer, eat croissants and drink posh coffee. I guess I'm partially European too. 
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Best napkin tie maker in the world. I style the online. Actually a robot. Nickname...Cuquis.
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  • Montclair State University
    International Business and Marketing, 2001 - 2005
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Banger's reminds me so much of the beer gardens that I loved in the Netherlands. Such good quality sausages. They are one of the few places with the amount of beers they have on tap. Plus the people that work there know their beers and sausages. I've always had a blast there. The music can be a bit loud at times, but it's manageable.
Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Top 5 taco places in Austin. No frills just tacos. They are so good you have to stop yourself from overeating.
Food: ExcellentDecor: Very goodService: Very good
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Everything here is fabulous. The service is ok. That would be my only hesitation. The last time I went in for a work dinner it was as if we were doing the waiter a favor for coming into the restaurant. Despite the service, the food speaks for its self. My favorite day of the week is now Wednesday because of the half price oysters at Parkside.
Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Good
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Not a big fan of their coffee or food. The decor is nice and it's got a great balcony. Other than that, everything is overpriced. I can get the same quality of food at other establishments downtown and pay a little less with a better atmosphere.
Food: Poor to fairDecor: GoodService: Poor to fair
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
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I don't understand why everyone oozes over this restaurant. If anything, it's always crowded, too loud, the service is poor and the food doesn't make up for those shortcomings. I try to avoid going at all costs.
Food: Poor to fairDecor: Poor to fairService: Poor to fair
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
They take a simple dish, like a hamburger, and make it decadently delicious. Top grade beef, tuna and chicken. Fresh and local vegetables. Milkshakes that are addictive (Girlscout cookie thin mint milkshake...what!) Even the fries are made with sea salt, parsley (and maybe shallots?) Simple with a twist. It's more expensive than other burger places, but it's worth it. I would gladly pay premium for everything they have to offer.
Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Very good
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
I go to Jo's for one thing only...the most delicious and well made cappuccino in all of Austin. I love going to work outside, soak up the sun and sip on my coffee. Great people watching. You will likely be in line for a little while, but it's worth it.
Food: Very goodDecor: GoodService: Excellent
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago