Math Modeling, Young Modelers

Modeling and Beyond: Meeting 10/2 and discussion with Dr Dreyer on membrane transport modeling

If you're a modeler, join us this Friday to talk about using physics-based models to discriminate different membrane transporter networks

Biology, Computation, Data analysis, Math Modeling

Workshop on Computational Plant Biology at PB2020 & Opportunities for Participants

Last year I held a workshop on collaboration in computational plant biology at pb2019. We went through a few examples of how computational biology is used in a variety of situations, discussed challenges in collaboration and communication. Participants were matched with potential collaborators at the end of the workshop. I received a lot of feedback… Continue reading Workshop on Computational Plant Biology at PB2020 & Opportunities for Participants


Sartre’s PhD student

Let us consider this waiter in the cafe. His movement is quick and forward, a little too precise, a little too rapid. He comes toward the patrons with a step a little too quick. He bends forward a little too eagerly; his voice, his eyes express an interest a little too solicitous for the order… Continue reading Sartre’s PhD student

Biology, Computation, Data analysis, Math Modeling, Misc, Statistics, Visualization

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Biology, Computation, Math Modeling

Why do we need mathematical modeling in biology?

Mathematical modeling is a relatively new field. You may be more aware of a subfield of biology called bioinformatics or computational biology. These tend to deal with larger data sets, studying them using more algorithmic methods. Computational biology also refers to mathematical biology, or an even mixture of mathematics and computer science as applied to… Continue reading Why do we need mathematical modeling in biology?

Computation, Data analysis, Misc, Statistics

Random Chance in Settlers of Catan

Games of chance are often people’s first exposure to statistics. Settlers of Catan is a game that revolves around the probability distribution of two independent 6-sided die rolls. The game consists of hexagons with one of four possible resources available. These hexagons are normally in a random configuration. Each hexagon receives a random number token.… Continue reading Random Chance in Settlers of Catan


We must imagine Sisyphus happy

Camus wrote "The Myth of Sisyphus" after the suicide of his wife. He wanted to prove that life was worth living, despite its inherent absurdity. Camus described four steps of realizing that life is absurd: - The realization that our core beliefs may be wrong. - Mundane repetition of daily activities. - Realization that it… Continue reading We must imagine Sisyphus happy