June Was a Busy, Bustling Month!

June was a bustling month for us at Navitas Data Sciences, filled with exciting projects and several new team members coming on board. The month kicked off with some wonderful accolades from our clients:

Troy Ruth received a well-deserved recognition from our client for his hard work, superior technical abilities, and incredible flexibility. We congratulate you, Troy, for the awesome job you did for them!

Our congratulations to Andee Garrison on the wonderful note of appreciation received from our client for her expertise and hard work on a recent project. We are very proud of you, Andee!

Hats off to Gary Shultz, Brian Rock, Barbara Berendt, and Gordon Cunningham for the highly appreciated recognition received from our client. We salute your hard work, dedication to the project, expertise in statistical programming, and great attitude!

Kudos to Jeanne Lane on the massive thank you from our client for her hard work and dedication to getting a complicated project completed on a short timeline. We thank you, Jeanne, for pulling this off seamlessly!

Congratulations to the awesome global team of Siddharth Kumar, Jayapal Kandibedala, Thirupathi Rao, Vinay Kumar Vangala, Ajay Kumar Tirkey, Kannan Mahadevan, Kuldeepsingh Chauhan, and Anusha Balachandra for the great feedback from our client! Your hard work, professional attitude, and ability to jump in and do a great job is greatly appreciated. This was the first project in which NDS utilized Global Programmers, and you all made a very positive impression on our client. Thank you!

We also added some wonderful programmers to our growing staff:

  • Matt Maw - Senior Statistical Programmer Analyst I
  • Kristen Giessler, Data Manager I, Clinical Data Management
  • Poornima Vuyyuru - Senior Statistical Programmer Analyst I

We’d like to take a moment to salute our amazing team members who celebrated work anniversaries in June:

  • Kelly Harris – 18 years
  • Gloria Grebe – 13 years
  • Warren McIntire – 10 years
  • Stephanie Perez – 6 years
  • Lalini Ailaboina – 1 year

We are so very proud to have you in our DataCeutics/Navitas Data Sciences family and appreciate everything you have done to contribute to the success of the company!

Our June Employee Spotlight featured Andrew Shechtman. If you haven’t had a chance to meet Andrew in person, this is a wonderful chance to get to know him and his passions. You can read about him here: Lead Data Manager I, Andrew Shechtman, has Reached a Pinnacle in his Career

Other June blog posts that you shouldn’t miss:

June 2020 Update from Global Data Management Experts, Navitas Data Sciences

R Programming in a Clinical Trial Data Analysis

What Makes for a Great Navitas Data Sciences' Programmer?

Saturday, July 11th was National Cheer Up the Lonely Day, and it occurred to us that since most workers are working from home at often solitary jobs, and limiting social contact during the pandemic, it is likely that loneliness is setting in for some. Even before the COVID-19 breakout, the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) wrote in an eye-opening article about The "Loneliness Epidemic" that one in five Americans reported that they sometimes feel lonely or socially isolated.

While loneliness has often been associated with aging, it is widespread in several age groups.

Research shows that feeling socially isolated and lonely can be as physically damaging to individuals as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, and the lonely are up to “32% more likely to die earlier than their more connected peers,” reports HRSA. "Lack of social connection has a significant effect compared to other leading indicators of risk for early death," says Julianne Holt-Lunstad, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at Brigham Young University.

These astonishing findings are an even bigger concern now, with many people still house-bound due to the pandemic. Time magazine wrote in a recent article, Covid-19 Is Making America’s Loneliness Epidemic Even Worse, that experts are highly concerned about the long-term consequences to the public’s mental health due to the current widespread isolation, and are warning about a possible increase in suicides.

Research shows that feeling socially isolated and lonely can be as physically damaging to individuals as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

While loneliness has often been associated with aging, it is widespread in several age groups. Forbes writes in Millennials And the Loneliness Epidemic: “loneliness is the number one fear of young people today—ranking ahead of losing a home or a job. Fully 42% of millennial women are more afraid of loneliness than a cancer diagnosis, by far the highest share of any generation.” Even young children are experiencing loneliness these days as they are being kept from their friends and group activities, such as summer camps, library classes, and scouting expeditions”.

We encourage you to reach out to those in your community who live alone and may be vulnerable to feelings of loneliness and to be cognizant of your feelings as well. None of us are immune to feeling isolated or disconnected from meaningful relationships. Do make an effort to connect with friends and family through phone calls, letters, or virtual meetings using services such as Zoom, Facetime, Google Hangout, and Skype.

Online services such as Quarantine Buddy have also popped up to help us through these challenging times of isolation. There is even a service called e-Buddies that promotes social inclusion for children and people with developmental disabilities. Facebook groups have also become a popular way to connect with those that have similar interests.

“The best way to cheer yourself up is to cheer someone else up.” ~ Mark Twain