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Stephen Tortora-Lee
Works at Independent Consulting
Attended Michigan Technological University
Lives in NE Portland, Oregon 97220
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Job Seeker / Researcher / Coordinator / Problem Solver / Jack-of-all-Trades/ M.S. Forest Ecology see linked in Profile for more
  • Independent Consulting
    Problem Solver and Technology Troubleshooter, 2005 - present
  • The Happiest Medium
    Web Architect and Cofounder of The Happiest Medium (see link), 2009 - present
  • ScotiaMocatta
    Administrative Consultant (temp through core Staffing), 2011 - 2011
  • Genesis10
    Sr. Sourcing Coordinator (Harvester), 2010 - 2011
  • Estée Lauder Companies
    Municipal Bond Researching Specialist, 2010 - 2010
  • Standard & Poor's
    Municipal Bond Researching Specialist (temp through Kelly Services, 2008 - 2009
  • The McGraw-Hill Construction
    Data Manager and Online Survey Developer (permatemp through Kelly Services), 2006 - 2008
  • Howard Bloom
    IT and Research Assistant, 2001 - 2006
  • Michigan Technological University
    Computer Lab consultant for Math Department including one quarter as Teaching Assistant for their Mathematica Calculus Lab, 1994 - 1998
  • Boy Scouts of America
    Camp Store Manager ay Camp Greilick, Michigan, 1993 - 1993
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NE Portland, Oregon 97220
Lake City, MI - Michigan Tech Houghton, MI - Lompoc, CA - Brooklyn, NY 11201
I like to refer to myself as a Jack-of-All-Trades / Master of Science. (I have an M.S in Forest Ecology with a concentration in Geographical Information Systems and Social Ecology). I hail from the great state of Michigan but have been a New Yorker for more than 10 of the best years of my life.  I always try to help where I can and be supportive of people and ideas that are important to me. 

Since arriving here I've participated in some interesting groups dealing with Spirituality, Philosophy, and Open Source Computing in order to research solutions to international strife.

To pay the bills I've worked as an assistant to an internationally known writer and celebrity of sorts, was a Survey Project Manager for a national consortium of construction magazines and did some municipal bonds analysis (but haven’t we all).

I live very happily in Brooklyn Heights with his amazing wife Karen Tortora-Lee. I have interests in collective intelligence (and crowdsourcing), Appreciative Inquiry, scientific breakthroughs, touching stories about personal salvation through transformation, interesting art and how new web technologies (like The Shared Web and Google+) will one day save the world – one small step at a time.

I hopes this inspires you to join me.
  • Michigan Technological University
    Online Project Management Certificate, 2009 - 2000
  • Michigan Technological University
    Bachelor of Science in General Biology, 1993 - 1998
  • Michigan Technological University
    Master of Science in Forest Ecology, 1998 - 2000
  • Michigan Technological University
    Certificate in international Technology & Society, 1993 - 1998
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The Heritage Health Prize is a $3,000,000 competition currently being run by and sponsored by Heritage Provider Network, an association of health insurance companies. The prize will be awarded to the statisticians (or "big data scientists") who can most accurately predict the probability that a someone admitted to a hospital will be re-admitted over the next year, using only data from before any medical treatment has been offered, and without any regard to the long term health outcomes of the patients. So far, despite multiple inquires, nobody has been able to determine any medical use for this information. However, it is very useful if you want a business reason to deny health care to those who need it the most and as such is clearly a money saving proposition. Why else would it be worth $3 million to health insurance companies?

Can you think of any ethical way to use this statistical model?

cc +Jeff Moser +Jeremy Howard +Anthony Goldbloom +Arvind Narayanan +Yehuda Koren
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Over the Southern Lights between Antarctic and Australia.

Credit: ESA/NASA/ESA astronaut Andre Kuipers
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Neat Photo, I think aboard the international space station.
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Wanted to let everyone know (or remind in a couple of cases) about a great event going on Tomorrow night at Columbia University to help raise awareness of the #SeastadingInstitute and other great presentations by people lookign for a different way of shaping t3he future.

If you are in #nyc looking for an interesting #event to help expand yourself (or your #newyorkcity city friends) about the different types of #progressive , #posthumanist , and almost #sciencefiction like topics about some of the most advanced ideas happening on the planet, please check out this link and pass it on to your friends. Before Futuresteading passes you by.
(Also it's #free and food and drink will be available)

here is an excerpt from tomorrow's schedule:
- Opening Remarks - +Kimberly Blozie and +Charles Peralo

- About seasteading - Founding CEO of Haven-Co, +Sean Hastings

- Key Note Talk - Executive Director, The Seasteading Institute - +Michael Keenan

- Other speakers TBA

Mix and mingle with like-minded people about the future. There will be a variety of booths at this party, each with individuals, organizations or businesses representing the future of different aspects of our lives such as:

- The Future of Culture - The Seasteading Institute

- The Future of Aging - SENS with +Silvia Gravina

- The Future of Politics - +Columbia University College Libertarians

- The Future of Health - +Rick Seedman and the Bar-Barians

- The Future of Medicine - The Cure is Now

- The Future of Spirituality - +EnlightenNext

- The Future of Art - +Shane Hope

- The Future of Fitness - Valhalla Freerunning and the New York #Freerunning Association

- The Future of Energy - +BEAR Oceanics

- The Future of Money - +Jeffrey Lim

- The Future of Family - +Uma Sinha

- The Future of Education - coming soon
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Over the Southern Lights between Antarctic and Australia.

Credit: ESA/NASA/ESA astronaut Andre Kuipers
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A gallery of wisdom from the tags of tea bags
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Love the energy on this! It really evokes a sense of joyful freedom. It shows we just need to believe we can fly in order to get somewhere.
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Austin McCormick Fans! (and if you've seen just one show - you're a fan) This week Company XIV is putting on a workshop that is AMAZING. (I know because I sat in on it yesterday). I'll be hosting a discussion with Austin LIVE on Friday 3/9 @ 1:15. COME ON DOWN!!!
Company XIV is a non-profit mixed media dance/theater company based in Brooklyn, New York. Founded by Artistic Director, Austin McCormick in June of 2005, the company works in the mediums of live danc...
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