WPTV News Channel 5 Chief Meteorologist Steve Weagle made his annual Ride for the Red Cross on June 4 to 8 to kick off hurricane season. This year’s ride exceeded our goal of $150,000 to purchase a needed Next Generation Emergency Response Vehicle! Read more here
June 24, 2018
RB Kelly and David S. Vogel take a look at VoLo Foundation, whose mission is to accelerate change and global impact by supporting science-based climate solutions, enhancing education, and improving health. David explains the history and mission of the organization, how global warming is impacting our environment using open research and simple mathematics, how weather is impacting the global environment and how human activity is impacting the weather, current activities and research.
June 20, 2018
The VoLo Computer Lab was built in partnership with Lelt Foundation. The Lelt Foundation believes that being born into poverty should not deny you the right to succeed. A progressive IT teacher oversees the kids and teaches that creativity and inquisitiveness with plenty of hands-on teaching, can lead kids on a good path. By the end of the students’ second lesson, some had even programs are designed for women a coding!
June 12, 2018
Expert Quant, David S. Vogel sits down with Jay Fidell for this episode on ThinkTECH. Mathematical Equation of Climate Change. In this episode of Community Matters, David Vogel joins Jay Fidell to talk about climate change data collection and how that data can be used to be prepared for potential climate-related events.
June 6, 2018
Our team joined Steve Weagle on the Annual WPTV Weagle Ride in June 2018. This event was in partnership with the Red Cross for the development of an Emergency Response Vehicle that will save lives in the 2018 Hurricane season.
April 27, 2018
By Catherine Black '94
"I wasn't actually sure about climate change until I did the math myself. I realized this isn't a soft science. This is black and white." This quote from a recent Bloomberg article sums up David Vogel's '91 sentiments about global warming and offers insight into the rigorous methods he has used to test them.
As an expert in data mining and predictive modeling, Vogel founded the award-winning hedge fund Voloridge Investment Management, LLC in Jupiter, Florida. But he also applies his talent as a data scientist to one of his great passions – the looming issue of climate change – through the VoLo Foundation, which he runs with his wife, Thais.
In addition to supporting international organizations working on environmental policy and education (including the National Resources Defense Council, World Wildlife Fund and Environmental Defense Fund, to name a few), the foundation recently made a transformative gift to the Sidney and Minnie Kosasa Community for Grades 2 – 5, which will be the first net-zero energy facility on campus. The Vogels' desire to build a more sustainable future lines up perfectly with Punahou's aim to educate future generations whose values, behaviors and work can help solve some of the challenges facing the planet.
For David, much of his critical thinking about these issues can be traced back to Punahou, where, among other things, he excelled on the math team. "I always liked numbers and still do. They provide elegant solutions to some real-world problems that would otherwise seem unsolvable or too complex."
After Punahou, David pursued a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master of Science degree in scientific computing from New York University. His training taught him to always consider whether an argument could be backed up by data, which led him to question the raging debate about climate change.
"I don't like to believe things just because 'they' say we should – I always look at the numbers to see if something's true. I didn't want to believe in global warming unless I analyzed the data myself."
David looked at sea temperatures registered by buoys around the world, at numbers he obtained from glaciologists based on ice samples demonstrating what the earth's temperature was at different periods in time, and at published energy consumption data to determine how many molecules of carbon dioxide humans have put into the atmosphere from 1850 – 2010. "I came to the same, if not more severe, conclusions about climate change," he says.
If David is the mind of the VoLo Foundation, Thais is the heart. As a mother of six, she feels that, "You have to hope for a better future for our children. I think education starts at home, but I would like for kids to have that education at school as well. Teachers are the ones who help students to notice environmental concerns, who can encourage them to develop the knowledge and tools to take action towards a sustainable future. And it's not only about being environmentally friendly, it's also about teaching them to be leaders in this field to help society to change."
June 13, 2017
David S. Vogel sits down with Howard Wiig on this episode at ThinkTECH. Successful hedge fund trader David Vogel made his money by analyzing mountains of numbers and betting on the outcome. In 2014, He employed his quant skills to estimate the number of man-made carbon molecules in the atmosphere, and proved that human activity is warming the earth. He founded the VoLo Foundation, a Foundation that removes the greatest amount of carbon per dollar.
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