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Vi Brown

Vi is principal and CEO of Prophecy Consulting Group, LLC, an Arizona firm that provides business and engineering services to private and public clients. Prior to establishing her consulting practice in 2001, Vi worked with Motorola, Maricopa County Government, Pacific Gas & Electric, CH2M Hill, and Procter & Gamble. As an adjunct faculty member, Vi teaches undergraduate calculus classes and graduate level environmental courses. She is also a professional speaker.
Vi Brown has written 444 posts for BridgeBizSTEM

Numbers: National Hispanic Heritage Month – Population Stats

We are beginning the second week of National Hispanic Heritage Month – an annual tradition that celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from countries that include Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Spain, and the nations of Central and South America.   National observance of Hispanic heritage began in 1968 under President … Continue reading

Crude Oil and Retail Gas Prices: What a difference a weekend makes

At the close of business (COB) on Friday, September 13, 2019, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) closed on the NYMEX at $54.85 per barrel. GasBuddy.com reported the average price for a gallon of gasoline as  $2.568 for the same time period. However, on Monday, September 16, 2019, NYMEX reported WTI opening at $61.96 per barrel. So … Continue reading

Thrown Under the Bus – Part 11: The Elephant in the Room

“Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt.” Mark Twain If you’ve read some of my earlier posts in the Thrown Under the Bus series, you already know that there are lots of things that can “hang you up” in business, STEM, and many other places. This post adds a new item, the elephant in the … Continue reading

International Literacy Day 2019 (ILD2019)

International Literacy Day 2019 (ILD19) is observed annually on September 8th and calls attention to global literacy needs. The theme for 2019 focuses on “Literacy and multilingualism’”. Despite progress made, literacy challenges persist, distributed unevenly across countries and populations. ILD2019 will provide an opportunity to rethink the fundamental importance of the language and its diversity … Continue reading

Immunization Awareness

As we are approach the Labor Day Holiday Weekend here in the U.S., most children have returned to school and football games are the place to be on the weekends. There are new teachers, new students, new classes, new backpacks, new school clothes, new tech tools, new textbooks, etc.  Regrettably, there are also new cases … Continue reading

Current Gas Prices Favor a “Last Hurrah of Summer” Labor Day Holiday Weekend Road Trip

The Labor Day Holiday is one week away (September 2, 2019)! Some of you have already planned your get-away for the three-day weekend, while others are still sitting on the fence trying to decide between a stay-cation or road trip. Here’s a tidbit of information that may help move you off of the fence: AAA … Continue reading

Guest Post – Unconscious Bias: Positive Biases – More Dangerous Than You Think

Guest Post Author: Sondra Thiederman, Ph.D. What do you think of these statements? 1. “All Latinos are experts in Latino culture.”2. “All Gay men are artistic.”3. “All women are naturally nurturing.”4. “All Asians are good at math.”5. “All black men are athletic.” I don’t know about you, but I’d love to be an expert in Latino … Continue reading

Some Zika Virus Updates for 2019

Since my last update on the Zika virus (ZIKV) in March 2018, there has been limited coverage of this disease by broadcast and social media. If no news is good news, that may leave some of you thinking that ZIKV is no longer a threat in the Americas and other places around the globe. Nothing … Continue reading

Thrown Under the Bus – Part 10: “The Men Might Rebel” and “Someone Might Get Upset”

“Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt.” Mark Twain I am continuing to enjoy the buzz of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing that occurred during the month of July 1969. I’ve also watched selected television specials and read posts about this historic event and the people who made it happen over … Continue reading

Apollo 11 Moonshot: 50 Years Later

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing. It is a noteworthy occasion and certainly worthy of a post on this blog. This historic event has dominated the news media for weeks now as many recall the history that was made, 50 years ago when the Apollo 11 spaceship lifted off … Continue reading