Episode 70 – Dr. Angela Baltes

Angela Baltes is a Data Scientist/Analyst specialization in generating insight from data. She has a Bachelor’s Degrees in Criminology, a Master’s Degrees in Public Administration, a Master’s Degree in Information Technology, and a PhD in Biomedical Informatics with an emphasis in Public Health Informatics. She is a new mom who just began pursuing another degree in mathematics – all while working full time!

Episode Notes

Angela recently had her first baby…two weeks later she began pursuing a degree in mathematics. Two months after her baby was born she returned to work. We talk about how becoming a mom and how it affects your career, postpartum depression, and the challenges of adjusting to motherhood.

She shares how she was told she wasn’t good at math when she was younger and was “math shamed” so she didn’t pursue careers that required math. She talks about how much she enjoys math and how she has a much different experience with math courses as an adult.

Music used in the podcast: Higher Up, Silverman Sound Studio

Acronyms, Definitions, and Fact Check

Tableau Software is an American interactive data visualization software company focused on business intelligence. (wikipedia)

SPSS Statistics is a statistical software suite developed by IBM for data management, advanced analytics, multivariate analysis, business intelligence, criminal investigation. (wikipedia)

Data visualization is an interdisciplinary field that deals with the graphic representation of data. It is a particularly efficient way of communicating when the data is numerous as for example a time series. (wikipedia)

Toastmasters International is a US-headquartered nonprofit educational organization that operates clubs worldwide for the purpose of promoting communication, public speaking and leadership. (www.toastmasters.org)

Professor at Boise State says “Men Not Women Should Be Prioritized in Fields Such as Engineering, Medicine, and Law”. See article here: https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/08/us/boise-state-professor-men-women-studies/index.html

The École Polytechnique massacre (French: tuerie de l’École polytechnique), also known as the Montreal massacre, was a 1989 antifeminist mass shooting in Montreal at an engineering school affiliated with the Université de Montréal. Fourteen women were murdered; ten other women and four men were injured. (wikipedia)

On December 6, 1989, Marc Lépine entered a mechanical engineering class at the École Polytechnique and ordered the women and men to opposite sides of the classroom. He separated nine women, instructing the men to leave. He stated that he was “fighting feminism” and opened fire. He shot at all nine women in the room, killing six. The shooter then moved through corridors, the cafeteria, and another classroom, targeting women for just under 20 minutes. He killed a further eight before shooting himself fatally. (wikipedia)

Stepford Wives is a 1972 satirical novel by Ira Levin. The story concerns Joanna Eberhart, a talented photographer, wife and young mother who suspects the submissive housewives in her new idyllic Connecticut neighborhood may be robots created by their husbands. The premise involves the married men of the fictional Fairfield County town of Stepford, Connecticut and their fawning, submissive, impossibly beautiful wives. The protagonist is Joanna Eberhart, a talented photographer newly arrived from New York City with her husband and children, eager to start a new life. As time goes on, she becomes increasingly disturbed by the submissive wives of Stepford who seem to lack free will, especially when she sees her once independent-minded friends, fellow new arrivals to Stepford, turn into mindless, docile housewives following a romantic weekend. Her husband, who seems to be spending more and more time at meetings of the local men’s association, mocks her fears. (wikipedia)

“Baby Braine: Does it Exist?” https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/pregnancy-week-by-week/expert-answers/baby-brain/faq-20057896

Celebrities With Postpartum Depression: https://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-moms/pictures/celebrity-moms-share-experiences-with-postpartum-depression/

Toastmasters International is a US-headquartered nonprofit educational organization that operates clubs worldwide for the purpose of promoting communication, public speaking and leadership. (www.toastmasters.org)

Are Women Worse Than Men At Negotiating? This study says “no” https://news.usc.edu/192848/women-men-salary-negotiation-virtual-agents-usc-research/

Biomedical Informatics – the field of science and engineering that aims at developing methods and technologies for the acquisition, processing, and study of patient data, which can come from different sources and modalities, such as electronic health records, diagnostic test results, medical scans. (wikipedia)

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