Some self-reflection on how music and math shaped my career choices as the end of the first year of my postdoc comes to a close.
All in the world recognize the beautiful as beautiful. Herein lies uglinessTao te jing. 2 By defining beauty we necessarily define ugliness, as not beauty or absence of beauty. By defining things that we want, we create the possibility of things we do not want. The Tao urges us to instead appreciate things for what… Continue reading Beauty and goodness
Grad school sucked up a lot of my time and energy. At one year from my defense, and 8 months from graduation, I'm ready to get back into some of the things that made me happy. Music Pre grad school, and even pre college, I played violin, clarinet, and piano pretty regularly. I've been practicing,… Continue reading Returning to my pre-grad school interests
MODELERS FACE A VARIETY OF CHALLENGES. Although the usefulness and appreciation of modeling as a field is always increasing, modelers today often experience a few setbacks. We often teach ourselves difficult concepts in an effort to innovate along any of the fields we operate in (coding, math, biology, statistics). We may complete our degrees in… Continue reading Online Community for Modelers: Modeling and Beyond
The workshop will be online on July 31st from 2-4 pm EDT. I changed the format a little to facilitate this, read if you are curious.
A lot of people where I come from view diversity as a political thing. Some people think that having recruiting or retention preferences don't contribute to anything but some abstract social ideal. I've seen several things firsthand that counter that idea, but wanted to share one experience that specifically involves math (because its "objective"). I… Continue reading Diversity is good for science: Math and the status quo
MBI's online workshop on Mathematical and Computational Methods in Biology will be running all week! See the schedule here (https://mbi.osu.edu/events/mathematical-and-computational-methods-biology). It is also being live streamed here: https://video.mbi.ohio-state.edu/live. Dr. Kim likens simplification of complex biological networks to Picasso's progressive reductionism of a bull. I really enjoyed this talk by Dr Jae Kyoung Kim of KAIST.… Continue reading Jae Kyoung Kim – Analysis of dynamic data: from molecule to behavior – Mathematical and Computational Methods in Biology Workshop
The stereotype of math is of a white-haired professor writing equations on a blackboard. Usually the professor doesn't care about real life or applications. But math is a really broad field. Made by Dominic Walliman. You can purchase here, and download different dimensions here. In the above map, different theoretical or 'pure' concepts have their… Continue reading Map of mathematics: applications to biology and beyond
Six example 3D surface and contour plots using @MATLAB
Awhile back I wrote about how I obsessively applied to every opportunity that I was even remotely eligible for and tracked my success and failures over the years. I know that part of the problem with applying for things comes from a disbelief that you could actually be selected for something. That might come from… Continue reading Four Tips on Dealing with Rejection