Archive for the ‘Grad School Life’ Category

Those of you who read this from the CS/Math/Engineering world will probably scoff, mutter something about damned kids being 10 years behind the times, and go and read something else. And really, it won’t dampen my enthusiasm in the slightest. My background is in Biology, particularly from a University that didn’t push computational biology, bioinformatics […]

A brief foray into the actual nitty-gritty aspects of research, especially the part that seems to dominate the time of a graduate student in Epidemiology: coding. Particularly, the code for generating random numbers from a truncated normal distribution in SAS 9.2. Generating numbers from a regular normal distribution is easy as pie: x=rannor(seed), where x […]

Alright, we’re a little short of the month-long timeframe I had originally established. But having run the circuit of near-home use, some travel, conferences, etc. I think I’ve gotten close enough to have an answer – the late release of iOS 4.2 notwithstanding. So! Can the iPad be used as a laptop replacement: Short Answer: […]

I’ve run into yet another round of hard drive issues. I’m pretty sure my hardware’s lifespan, rather than being measured in time until its processor can no longer compete, etc. can be entirely measured by the inevitable race between expanding content and the hard drive that content fills. Given, like most students, I use a […]

So, this has taken me awhile to post, and for those of you who read various and sundry science blogs regularly, this is probably old news. But I’ll post my thoughts anyway, because its my blog and I’ll do what I want */childish voice*. Sharon Begley of Newsweek recently published an article asserting that academia […]

I ran across a paper, “Walbot, V. Are we training put bulls to review our manuscripts? J Biol. 2009.” while browsing erv. Her response was just a bit of off the cuff defense of her admittedly adorable pitbull. But I think that the paper deserves at least a bit more actual consideration. Peer review, paper […]

I got an iPhone for Christmas, and like any obedient Apple geek, I’ve been looking for decent applications to put on it. To, you know, justify carrying a small computer around in my pocket. So far, I’ve been struggling. Games are nice, and built-in Google Maps is a lifesaver, but the 3rd Party Apps? Part […]

I do a fair amount of work with epidemiological models of infectious disease. Both of the empirical regression type and also theoretical simulation models of disease transmission. The latter is the subject of this rant – the former may be the subject of later ones.   One type of model is a ‘compartmental’ model, usually called an […]

I have decided to format at least some (if not all) of the rants and paranoid scribbling that seem to accompany blogging as a general rule into a somewhat orderly series: “Letters to be Found During the Investigation”, categorized as LFDI. The exact nature of the investigation I leave to you, the reader. +++ Dear Person, Thank you, […]