Perpetually Under Construction

A 'Simple' Neural-Network Model

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My previous blog post summarized the main points of the Watts 2002 paper. At the very end of the post I mentioned ways we can extend the Watts model with neural-networks. Here I outline the steps of the neural-network simulation.

Should You Attend Grad School?

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I’ve been asked a few times about whether one should attend graduate school. I usually follow up by asking whether they are planning to do a Master’s or a Doctorate.

Scientific Programming

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From NYC to Blacksburg, VA

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I’m from New York City. Born and raised in Queens, and went to school in Manhattan for high school, college, and masters. So, coming down to rural Blacksburg, VA has been a big change in scenery.

My Story

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What You Call Yourself is Important

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Research Ethics

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The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) oversees and directs Public Health Service (PHS) research integrity activities on behalf of the Secretary of Health and Human Services with the exception of the regulatory research integrity activities of the Food and Drug Administration.

How Learning Works

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Some Modest Advice for Graduate Students

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Teaching and Mentoring

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Software-Carpentry1 has made be a better teacher because of the way we collect feedback during our workshops. When teaching a technical class, we use low-tech sticky notes to signify whether individuals need help or not: Green for no help needed, Red for help needed. This is extremely effective while teaching. As an instructor all you need to look for is a red sticky note and you know someone has a question, or if everyone has a green sticky note, the class is following along.

The python community is proactive in mentoring. During the PyData Carolinas 2016 conference, Carol Willing talked about how small nudges and discussions can be enough to mentor someone. I’ve tried to be a mentor to my students I teach though my lab’s summer program. There is a misconception that mentoring is a 24/7 job. It’s not. The right piece of advice at the right time, can change an individual’s life.

I think about the most influential people in my life, and it’s mainly a series of seemingly random encounters and discussions that helped shaped the person I am today.