CANSSI Ontario and the University of Toronto Department of Statistical Sciences hosted a celebration of Florence Nightingale Day for Statistics and Data Science on April 9, 2022.
The event promoted gender diversity in statistics and data science by encouraging, inspiring and empowering people of genders currently underrepresented in statistics and data science.
Florence Nightingale, the day’s namesake, was not only the founder of modern nursing but also a pioneer in data visualization. She effectively used data in an organized way to fight for better care for wounded soldiers and public health improvements. Her pioneering work lives on – her creation, the pie chart, is commonly used in modern-day data visualization, including in the current pandemic.
The event celebrates the contributions to statistical sciences made by Nightingale and other women across the globe and to promote the science of data. Women and those from disadvantaged groups are particularly encouraged to participate. Students can discover career opportunities in statistics and data science, take part in fun data-related activities, and meet academic and industry mentors.
This event was open to high-school students in the Greater Toronto Area.