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Monday Triple-Header: Naomi Robbins, Alberto Cairo, & Richard Heiberger

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This month, we're gathering speakers from around the country, taking advantage of the fact that Alberto Cairo is in town from Miami for his two day joint seminar ( with Naomi Robbins. (You should attend (!) And their colleague Richard Heiberger is coming up from Philadelphia to round out our triple-header. They're coming from far away to bring you some wonderful visualizations and insights. Make sure you make time to see them with us, on Monday June 10. As usual, we'll start with drinks at 6:30pm, and begin the program at 7:00pm.

About the Talks & Speakers

Alberto Cairo will present: The Rise of the Rest: the beauty and challenges of small news graphics teams

"When news visualization and infographics are discussed, the names of large organizations like The New York Times and The Washington Post are mentioned as examples of excellence, and for good reason. However, focusing just on the large operations, or just on smaller ones, or just those that are based in the US, doesn't let us perceive the blooming of visualization ecosystems that are growing elsewhere."

Alberto Cairo teaches infographics and visualization at the University of Miami. He is the author of The Functional Art: An Introduction to Information Graphics and Visualization ( (Peachpit Press, 2012). He has been a professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill [masked]), and director of infographics and multimedia at El Mundo online (Spain,[masked]) and Editora Globo (Brazil,[masked]). Cairo has organized workshops and training programs for universities and media organizations in more than twenty countries. His website is (, and he can be followed on Twitter as @albertocairo (

Together, Naomi Robbins & Richard Heiberger will speak about the visualization of Likert Scales (, which Wikipedia calls "a psychometric scale commonly involved in research that employs questionnaires. It is the most widely used approach to scaling responses in survey research." Naomi will speak about motivation and the analytical process, while Richard will address implementation and delivery techniques for final visualization products.

Naomi B. Robbins is the author of Creating More Effective Graphs (, published by Chart House in 2013 (originally Wiley 2005). She is a consultant, keynote speaker, and seminar leader who specializes in the graphical display of data. She trains employees of corporations and organizations on the effective presentation of data. She also reviews documents and presentations for clients, suggesting improvements or alternative presentations as appropriate. Naomi received her Ph.D. in mathematical statistics from Columbia University. She had a long career at Bell Laboratories before forming NBR, her consulting practice.

Richard M. Heiberger is a Professor of Statistics in the Fox School. He received his B.A. from Oberlin College in 1967 and his Ph.D. in Statistics from Harvard University in 1972. His primary research area is statistical computing, with emphasis in linear models, statistical graphics, and software design. He teaches graduate courses in statistical methodology, statistical computing, and design of experiments, and supervises doctoral dissertations in Statistics. He was Graduate Chair for the Department of Statistics from 1983 to 1987 and Acting Associate Vice Provost for the University in 1989 to 1990. Professor Heiberger has co-authored the graduate-level textbook Statistical Analysis and Data Display: An Intermediate Course with Examples in S-Plus, R, and SAS (, published by Springer in 2004. He has co-authored the book R through Excel: A Spreadsheet Interface for Statistics, Data Analysis, and Graphics (, published in the Use R! series by Springer in 2009. Professor Heiberger has served as statistics consultant at Bell Labs and at GlaxoSmithKline. He has taught short courses at the annual Joint Statistical Meetings and in industry. He is an elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association and the 2011 Chair of the ASA Section on Statistical Computing.

About the Event

As usual, we'll start refreshments at 6:30pm with time to network, catch up and meet new people with interests in data visualization. The formal presentations will begin around 7:00pm and there will be time for Q&A afterwards. So please join us for these excellent presentations, the best DataViz networking in New York, and some light refreshments.

Please note: only those with confirmed RSVP's will be able to attend, because of security requirements at the space that generously hosts & sponsors us. Reservations will close at 5:00pm the day of the event. If you aren't able to get a slot by then, we apologize, but you won't be able to enter the building. For this reason, we've expanded the number of RSVP's we accept, to account for no-shows and to make sure we fill as many of our seats as possible. But, please cancel as early as possible to make room for other attendees. Thanks for understanding, and see you there!

-Paul & Christian