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February 12, 2013

I have exciting news this morning.

I’ll be starting a new job next Monday at Johnson Research Labs (JRL). It’s made up of a small group of data scientists, social scientists, and cloud computing people working on interesting problems that will hopefully have a positive impact on the world. JRL was founded recently by David Park and John Johnson and is backed by Johnson.

My first job once I’m there will be to finish my book Doing Data Science with my co-author, Rachel Schutt, who is also joining JRL from Google. The book is based on Rachel’s data science class from last semester at Columbia which I blogged about here.

Ian Langmore and Daniel Krasner, who are co-teaching another class at Columbia this semester in applied data science (along with Chang She), are also working at JRL.

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  1. February 12, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Talk about a power house! w00t! Wishing you all the greatest success for the common good.

  2. February 12, 2013 at 9:51 am


  3. Constantine Costes
    February 12, 2013 at 10:45 am


  4. Deane
    February 12, 2013 at 12:04 pm


  5. brownian
    February 12, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Congrats! happy to hear your good news.

  6. Kim Ravnskjaer
    February 12, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Being a Big Pharma backroom PhD of course is completely different from your other endeavors :o)

    • February 12, 2013 at 1:43 pm

      I can understand your concern, but actually JRL is not associated with or affiliated to Johnson & Johnson, although you’re right that the backer is from that family.

      And we haven’t actually done anything yet, so I also don’t want to exaggerate our potential.

      • Kim Ravnskjaer
        February 12, 2013 at 2:32 pm

        And please let me congratulate you on your apperance on Ecotalk. Became an instant fan!

  7. Kim Ravnskjaer
    February 12, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Please disregard my premature comment! Not the right space for indignation with company green washing!

    • February 12, 2013 at 2:37 pm

      Not sure what “green washing” means in this context but I’m always happy to consider ways I’m being manipulated.

      • Kim Ravnskjaer
        February 12, 2013 at 3:02 pm

        After actually looking up JLR I don’t either… “Premature” means that I didn’t follow your link to JLR (which BTW looks like a great initiative!) and narrow-mindedly confused Johnson Research Labs with Johnson&Johnson research labs. I guess what remains is “congratulations” on your new job. I am confident you found a place to make real difference.

  8. NY
    February 12, 2013 at 2:05 pm


  9. February 12, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Congratulations, Cathy! ;)

  10. Karen
    February 12, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    I listened to your conversation on the Econtalk podcast. I thought it was very interesting and insightful.

  11. Nadia Hassan
    February 13, 2013 at 12:04 am

    Congratulations! Sounds like an awesome job, and hope it works out well. :)

  12. Jason Starr
    February 13, 2013 at 7:54 am


  13. majordomo
    February 13, 2013 at 8:32 am

    I’m DISAPPOINTED Rachel Schutt is leaving Google. I’m sure Google is not too happy about that either.

  14. February 13, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Cool! But, um, when people ask what you do, are you sure you want to say “Johnson Research”?

    (I’m guessing you’ll hear that joke frequently.)

  15. langmore
    February 14, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Congratulations! I mean…see you soon!

  16. mathematrucker
    February 15, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    Congratulations! Your new job sounds way greener than my new job: hauling fresh produce thousands of miles in 18-wheelers (actually I just take the produce a few hundred miles from CA to AZ, then other drivers take it the rest of the way to places like Ohio and Connecticut).

    For anybody like me who may have missed Tom Allen’s joke above (initially I thought he might be referring to “Masters and Johnson Research” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masters_and_Johnson), it’s based on the slang definition of the word “johnson”.

  17. Norwell
    February 15, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    While I don’t have any jokes about johnsons, I do have a question… is Johnson Research Labs a new startup? Are you building a company from the ground up?

  18. February 20, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Congratulations! I hope the first week is going swimmingly — Gigi’s husband

  19. March 11, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    I’m late wishing you congrats but still hooray and all the best! I hope it’s a fantastic new opportunity for you and that most days of the week (we’ll give you the occasional Monday) work seems like a wonderful adventure ahead.

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