The author of one of the best books on data visualization is giving a massively open online course (MOOC) this fall. I’m going to check it out. You may be interested, too.
It is getting to be the season of new students, and I was inspired to round up a few links on grad school:
Advice for new students from Jennifer Rexford: https://freedom-to-tinker.com/blog/jrex/advice-new-graduate-students/
Managing your advisor by Nick Feamster: http://greatresearch.org/2013/08/14/managing-your-advisor/
A simple test for those thinking of doing a PhD: http://blog.prof.so/2013/06/test.html
It is that time of year again, when the IHME post-bachelors fellows go off for their field placements. Some are keeping nice blogs of their experience:
p.s. The comment spam was getting so bad, I had to turn it off. PBFs, email me if you would like your blog listed here, too.
I’m quite taken with the Software Carpentry approach to teaching scientists computer skills, especially since I saw it in action in UW a few months ago. One aspect that I’ve been trying out for my own course is the “mastery table” approach that the Software Carpentry Instructor Study Groups use. Here is a mastery table for teaching version control. I have made a few of my own, but I don’t think I said enough for any novice to leave competent, according to my ambitions. I will keep trying.
I had a fun time on Monday talking to area high school students at the UW Math Department’s annual Math Day event. My slides and some others are now on the web.