The MIT AgeLab brought aboard Samantha Brady this summer. In addition to her work on policy and data analysis, Sam brings to the lab a range of skills in data visualization. The development of technologies and capabilities have made it ever easier and less expensive today to collect vast amounts of data. Reading, cleaning, reshaping, and visualizing large troves of these data will be key to understanding and communicating findings from this work, making Sam’s expertise invaluable. She has quickly become an integral part of several different AgeLab research projects, including the Hartford Public Attention study, CVS Caregiver Jobs study, and Transamerica’s Future Selves work. After receiving her B.S. in Environmental Economics from Cornell University, Sam attended the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University for her Master’s in Public Affairs. On completion of her studies, she moved to Washington, D.C. to work as a consultant at the Department of Homeland Security before relocating to Cambridge and beginning work at the AgeLab.
Sam was also a track and field star at Cornell in pole vault; she is among Cornell women’s all-time top 10 in both indoor and outdoor venues. Over the summer she started a popular weekly workout class for the benefit of AgeLab staff – no pole vaulting required. She will surely be an important contributor to the AgeLab’s research - and its collective fitness - in the fall and beyond.