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Four-year-old broke, fixed my math clock

I’ve been gifted a steady stream of math clocks over the years, including a really transcendental one that has been in my dining room for quite a while. I didn’t realize how often I used it to check the time until my four-year-old broke the hands off one recent day. (“I wanted to see what happens when you bend them back and forth,” he explained, but I digress.)

The purpose of this blog is to document the *fix* for this failure that we developed together:
“What time is it?”, I inattentively asked myself as a kid came down the stairs this morning. Perfect answer!

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First round of Amazon Catalyst Grants announced

Sort of a seed funding for projects that are part academia and part start up at UW:

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New reports of interest from NAP

Food Literacy: How Do Communications and Marketing Impact Consumer Knowledge, Skills, and Behavior? Workshop Summary

Applying an Implementation Science Approach to Genomic Medicine: Workshop Summary

Establishing an African Association for Health Professions Education and Research:

The Promises and Perils of Digital Strategies in Achieving Health Equity:
Workshop Summary

Ending Discrimination Against People with Mental and Substance Use Disorders

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I learned about a “big” data source for understanding air travel at the eScience incubator project talks last week, the DB1B database, aka the Airline Origin and Destination Survey. This is a 10% sample of all tickets for flights originating in the US, released quarterly since the 1993: This must be good for something in global health.

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New book ‘Captive Nation’

Congratulations, Dan! Hurrah for young professors getting their books out into the world. My book will be out one day, too, but of considerably less general interest.

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Big Data in Graphical Form

I’ve been digging for presentation materials lately, and one source I want to remember is this tunblr full of visual representations of big data:

Big Data is visualized in so many ways…all of them blue and with numbers and lens flare.

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Science + Data

Two links of relevance to those of us who love data and science:

From Kyle,

dstk – datasciencetoolkit
pip install dstk

From Seth,

In case you or your students need some resources, these people seem quite happy to give them away:

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MLK’s address to APA

Today is Martin Luther King Day in the US, a civil rights holiday. I heard a recording of this address by King to the 1967 meeting of the American Psychological Association, and then couldn’t find a copy of the text… until now, when I searched the web with two critical typos in the search terms.

The Role of the Behavioral Scientist in the Civil Rights Movement
By Martin Luther King Jr.

There are certain technical words in every academic discipline which soon become stereotypes and even clichés. Every academic discipline has its technical nomenclature. You who are in the field of psychology have given us a great word. It is the word maladjusted. This word is probably used more than any other word in psychology. It is a good word; certainly it is good that in dealing with what the word implies you are declaring that destructive maladjustment should be destroyed. You are saying that all must seek the well-adjusted life in order to avoid neurotic and schizophrenic personalities.

But on the other hand, I am sure that we will recognize that there are some things in our society, some things in our world, to which we should never be adjusted. There are some things concerning which we must always be maladjusted if we are to be people of good will. We must never adjust ourselves to racial discrimination and racial segregation. We must never adjust ourselves to religious bigotry. We must never adjust ourselves to economic conditions that take necessities from the many to give luxuries to the few. We must never adjust ourselves to the madness of militarism, and the self-defeating effects of physical violence.


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I’m on a self-imposed blog fast until I finish sending out thank-you notes for all of the love, support, and baby gifts I’ve received over the last few months. (Plus there is a book manuscript on my desk with hundreds of copy edits to make…)

But I’m breaking my rule to announce that I’ve been selected by Technology Review as a TR35 Young Innovator. Thanks for the kind words and support I’ve received! Also, thanks to my colleagues at IHME and elsewhere for all of the hard work; without this labor, my innovations would languish in obscurity.


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Healthy algorithms, healthy baby

Healthy algorithms has been quite for the last two months, because I have had a new project to keep me occupied: Sidney.


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