How are you managing big data? Whether you are talking about scientific journals, health records or social media, this program will introduce you to how natural language processing is used to extract knowledge from text so facts and trends are found faster and more reliable. Through lecture and the use of case studies, we will cover the basics of natural language processing, and explore why a particular gene is of interest, why people are not taking their flu vaccine, and a variety of other applications. No prior knowledge of text mining is necessary to benefit from this session. Our speaker will provide an overview of the basic concepts, illustrate techniques using real-world examples, and clear up some of the jargon used by more expert users. After this session, attendees will be able to identify how text mining differs from traditional keyword based, document retrieval approaches that many search engines use.