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Kathy Fontaine
Works at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Attended Walden University
Lives in Troy, NY
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WDS welcomes Sandy Harrison on its Scientific Committee. She is a palaeoclimatologist with a strong interest in data
http://goo.gl/Kkt5aa 
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this "March comes in like a lion...." thing is pretty bogus....  Lions are not this interested in cold and snow!  Maybe "....comes in like a yeti...."
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My work and my passion  :)
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Sondheim is God. That is all. :)
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Coming up for air just long enough to say that it's called Hell Week for a damn good reason!
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The show we're in rehearsals for......
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I'm not sayin' that TSA's PreCheck is the best thing in the world, but it's pretty damn close when it's open and working for international flights, like it is at Dulles!  :D  :D
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Which airport is closest to you?

The dots in this graphic by Jason Davies show the major airports of the world. Each region consists of the points that are closer to a particular airport than to any other. For example, the irregular pentagonal light green area containing Iceland (near the top of the picture) shows all the places for which Reykjavik is the nearest major airport.

Jason Davies' website (https://www.jasondavies.com/maps/voronoi/airports/) has an interactive version of this map, in which the airports are labelled. The globe can be spun and twisted, and you can zoom in and out.

The furthest place in the world from a major airport is in Antarctica, which is perhaps not a surprise given that there are no large airports on that continent. It lies 5173.7km from each of the three nearest airports.

Mathematicians call a picture like this a Voronoi diagram. The individual regions are called Voronoi cells, and the points (airports in this case) are often called sites. Wikipedia has a nice page on Voronoi diagrams here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voronoi_diagram).

(Seen via +Marjolein Caniels.)

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Excellent overview of what we do and why we do it.  Wonderful!!
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Yes, it's cold in Canada. 
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Wouldn't have it any other way +kathy fontaine :)
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Back at work....back at rehearsal...just - back!  :)
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way cool idea!
 
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I love simple solutions to problems :)
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Herds Cats (i.e., helps people share and use data!)
Employment
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    Managing Director, RDA/US, 2014 - present
  • NASA
    Policy Analyst, 1998 - 2014
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Troy, NY
Previously
Annapolis, MD, United States - Minneapolis, MN, United States
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Introduction
fair warning - I have a very twisted sense of humor, a finely honed sense of the absurd, and an almost all-consuming interest in forensic science (not the computer kind....).   still want me in your circle?  ;)
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survived three kids close together (two are twins), two marriages, many careers, several advanced degrees, plus I worked for the government. trust me.
Education
  • Walden University
    PhD - Public Policy, 2008 - 2013
  • New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
    BS - Astrophysics, 1980 - 1984
  • George Washington University
    MA - Science, Technology, and Public Policy, 1997 - 2002
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