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Episode #283 Making the Data Mean Something, With Mike Dereviankin


On This Episode Of The Public Health Epidemiology Conversations (PHEC) Podcast


On this episode we have an inspiring and informative conversation with data scientist and chemistry consultant, Mike Dereviankin! Mike's work covers environmental, geochemical, biomonitoring, and arson investigations. We get an insider's look at what this entails, his professional journey thus far, and his creative approach to working with numbers. The bulk of Mike's practice is done in conjunction with Chemistry Matters. Mike explains a little about how this niche environmental consulting company tackles the important tasks at hand before we explore some of Mike's more philosophical ideas about contemporary methods for data visualization, and the need for innovative and engaging communication in presentations. Mike's story is a great illustration of following curiosity, taking action, and commitment to a passion and a cause. Make sure to tune in for this great episode of the show!


Meet Mike Dereviankin


Mike is one of the few formally trained graduate chemists who has disguised himself as a data scientist in the field of environmental, geochemical, biomonitoring and arson investigations. An objective of Mike's is to promote the contextualization of large data to be further utilized by regulators, decision-makers and litigation. The majority of Mike's work is conducted in conjunction with Chemistry Matters a niche environmental consulting company with highly trained subject matter experts that share the common aim of making chemical data meaningful. Mike is always interested in applying his fundamental background in analytical chemistry and statistics towards helping clients in their interpretations and communication of results. Outside of consulting Mike is always pursuing contemporary methods of data visualization through various platforms (R, Python, SAS) and often publishes these novel approaches on his various media sites. Whenever Mike experiences any downtime (relative term), you’ll find him heavily involved in swimming, whether coaching or as an athlete.


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Conversation Highlights


  • Mike's academic background and the fun way he introduces himself and his work at parties!

  • Creating a number that can be used as a reference point and the challenges posed by this task.

  • Tracing the roots of Mike's interest in chemistry.

  • Mike's longest stints in the lab during graduate school!

  • How Mike found his way into public health and the work he started doing while still in school.

  • The role that teaching and communication have played in Mike's career path.

  • Mike's current work with clients.

  • Developing a strong set of communication tools and how blogging helps in this regard.

  • Mike's belief in the use of humor and analogies in presentations.

  • Combining an understanding of public health and epidemiology with expertise in chemistry.

  • A tip from Mike about the vital skills involved in teaching others.


Mike's Career Advice To Public Health Students and Graduates


"The ability to teach others is a vital skill. Keep honing in on your soft skills." - Mike Derevioankin

Keep In Touch


Mike Dereviankin on LinkedIn

Mike Dereviankin

Chemistry Matters

Mike Dereviankin on Twitter


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