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Journal Club: Reducing Bias in Academic Search Committees

Short article from the kick-off of a new IHME journal club, with a focus on diversity and health disparities: [link]

Topics that bubbled up in discussion: composition of search committees, pipeline issues and other barriers to attracting diverse candidates, the scale of the problem with systemic racism.

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Journal Club: Ten Frequently Asked Questions About Implicit Measures and Their Frequently Supposed, But Not Entirely Correct Answers

Second edition of the Diversity Lunch Discussion journal club, with a focus on the Implicit Association Test. Many participants also *took* an IAT—Rose suggests you try taking the Race IAT before our discussion tomorrow: https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html

So much knowledge and expertise in this group.

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CT4GH: Algorithmic Thinking

Pairs well with pseudocode exercise, despite irrelevance: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Qouj-ZxcPVmYehvIvLGnNV0X_4E_9YNyjXEeCOmmBaI/edit

Is there some GH relevant *thing* that they can build, instead of messing around with legos? Maybe I can get some tech device that requires assembly, like those solar water filtration things.

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CT4GH: Pseudocode

Pseudocode Guide: https://docs.google.com/document/d/14x2S42cQ4J20uKRc_2LxrM-u39LE6j3M5FVCdQx5Jg8/edit

Suggests 3 examples are are not particularly relevant to health science. Alternative example: prescriptions, with examples (and a formal language, as well) from POP-PL work http://users.eecs.northwestern.edu/~sfq833/resources/papers/GPCE_POP-PL_2015.pdf

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So cool–nbtutor

The first release of nbtutor (“Visualize Python code execution (line-by-line) in Jupyter Notebook cells.”) is available on pypi:

pip install nbtutor
jupyter nbextension install --sys-prefix --overwrite --py nbtutor
jupyter nbextension enable --sys-prefix --py nbtutor

https://github.com/lgpage/nbtutor

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Long tables, cold coffee, and late nights

Sherry Turkle: https://www.uni.edu/provost/sites/default/files/u29/how_to_teach_in_an_age_of_distraction_-_the_chronicle_of_higher_education.pdf

Reminds me of the math cafes of Poland pre-WWII that I read about. That sounded so fun to me when I was a student.

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Software Carpentry Training and the Code of conduct

I greatly enjoyed a recent Software Carpentry (SWC) training that I attended. It was on training trainers, and had a ton of useful information.

One thing that it included, which has stuck in my mind is a “code of conduct”, which SWC has for all workshops. [link]

I like the way it incorporates humor; this also actually help me think of it, because I made a conscious choice _not_ to make fun of certain text editors twice during the two day workshop (despite the hilarious joke that I had to refrain from telling).

A question though: how to do? Just putting on the webpage is a little too little, perhaps, but reading the whole thing at the beginning of the workshop is too much for some instructors. I thought the approach we took was a bad compromise, reading some and saying that it existed. It could be good, but it could come off like this is something required that the instructors do to tick the box “we broadened participation”.

What about having the text projected at the beginning of the session, so while people are coming in and settling down, they can read it at their own pace. It needs to be projected in a readable font, which might be a technical challenge, since it is long. And anyone who shows up late will miss it. (I showed up late, maybe I missed it…)

emacs

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