Allison Whitten

Contributing Writer

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The Computer Scientist Who Shrinks Big Data

December 7, 2020

Jelani Nelson designs clever algorithms that only have to remember slivers of massive data sets. He also teaches kids in Ethiopia how to code.

About the author

Allison Whitten is a cognitive neuroscientist and science writer based in Nashville, Tennessee. In 2020, she was an AAAS Mass Media fellow at Discover magazine. She spent 10 years studying neuroscience and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University.