Dr. Deborah Berebichez

Television Personality, Big Data Principal Scientist, First ever Mexican Woman to receive a Ph.D. in Physics at Stanford, TED Speaker, formerly known as "The Science Babe", Speaks 5 languages.

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Deborah Berebichez’s Blogs:

“Deborah did a stellar job sharing her visionary thought leadership on the MITX Data Summit Stage. Her speech was very relevant to our audience, and she even stuck around the entire day to network with the audience!” 
– Katharine Panessidi, VP, Content & Events at MITX Data Summit

Deborah Berebichez is a physicist, TV host and data scientist. She is the first Mexican woman to graduate with a physics Ph.D. from Stanford University. Dr. Berebichez is the co-host of Discovery Channel’s Outrageous Acts of Science TV show (2012 – present) where she uses her physics background to explain the science behind extraordinary engineering feats. She also appears as an expert on the Travel Chanel, NOVA, CNN, FOX, MSNBC and numerous international media outlets.

 

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Dr. Berebichez’ is currently the Chief Data Scientist at Metis in NY. At Metis she leads the creation and growth of exceptional data science training opportunities. Her responsibilities include ensuring the excellence of Metis’ data science bootcamps, corporate training, professional development as well as online programs. She is an active contributor to the national data science ecosystem through frequent public speaking and presentations on panels at data science conferences.

Her work in science education and outreach has been recognized by the WSJ, Oprah, Dr. Oz, TED, DLD, WIRED, Ciudad de las Ideas and others. Her passion is to empower young people to learn science and to improve the state of STEM education in the world. She is a John C. Whitehead Fellow at the Foreign Policy Association, a winner of the Society of SHPE’s STAR Award and a recipient for Top Latina Tech Blogger by the Association of Latinos in Social Media LATISM.

Dr. Berebichez completed two postdoctoral fellowships at Columbia University’s Applied Math and Physics Department and at NYU’s Courant Institute for Mathematical Sciences where she carried out research in the area of acoustic waves. She invented a highly effective technique in the field of wireless communications whereby a cell phone user can communicate with a desired target user in a location far away. 


SPEAKING TOPICS

Outrageous Acts of Thinking

We are bombarded with many falsehoods about science and technology—pseudoscientific claims, urban legends, misconceptions—disguised as facts while many marvelous truths about the world are ignored or unappreciated. Since we are masters at fooling ourselves, it is easy to convince ourselves that false ideas are reasonable and dismiss true ones as outrageous. Learn to distinguish between the true, the false and the just plain weird in the world of science and technology and become a more effective critical thinker.

Changing the World One Equation at a Time

I grew up in a conservative community that discouraged girls from pursuing a career in science, technology or engineering. In high school I was told that if I were too smart, I would never be liked and that it would be better for me to pursue a feminine career. But I wanted to understand how the world works, so I defied my parents and friends and studied physics becoming the first Mexican woman to graduate with a PhD in physics from Stanford. Today I share the ups and downs of my path, which led me to becoming a physicist, a TV host of science programs and a mentor to young women who want to become scientists. I will talk about how all of us all can remove barriers and helps kids do science today.

Things about the Future and the Future of Things

Our lives are full of things. Alarm clock, shower, coffeemaker, clothes, phone, watch, car, computer, desk, chair—every day we interact with more things than people. If things could talk, they would be our best friends.  And soon they will be. Because the things in our lives have started to talk to us, helping us make each day a little better, from the watch that monitors our health to the car that drives itself. This interconnected world—the Internet of Things (IoT)—offers new possibilities for personal growth. It also offers exciting business opportunities and some unique challenges regarding privacy and security.  In this talk, I present the wonderful future that the Internet of Things is bringing to us and explain how it will transform every aspect of our lives.

Everything You Wanted to Know about Data Science but Were Afraid to Ask

What is data science? What does it mean that big data is transforming our lives? Why is data science the “sexiest job of the 21st century”? In this talk, I provide a non-technical introduction to data science from basic concepts and techniques to how businesses and governments are using data to find out more about everyone all the time. The good, the bad and the ugly of “the hottest job in America.”

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