I’ve been excited with the many opportunities to talk to young people about both programming and computational biology, as part of the outreach and widening participation activities in my department. I have what I now consider a good set of examples that reach various populations: An initial model in Processing that teaches the basics of … Continue reading Outreaching with Bio-models
I am getting slightly overwhelmed. In a few weeks I go back to teaching after my study leave, and I am thinking that as I’ve been given a completely new module to teach, I should explore the use of some of the new packages that the University is forever deploying, rather than the comfortable arrangement … Continue reading Teaching technologies
The seventh iteration of the South of England Regional Programming Languages Seminar (S-REPLS 7) will be held at the University of Warwick on Friday, 22 September. As always, registration is free and lunch will be provided, but you are asked to register (see below) so that we can know how many people to plan for. … Continue reading South of England Regional Programming Languages Seminar (S-REPLS 7)
There has been a lot of news recently about women in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, medicine, mathematics). There has been the very sad news that Maryam Mirzakhani, the so far only woman to be awarded the Fields Medal, has passed away. And now, there is the rather silly discussion about the first female Dr Who. … Continue reading Female role models
As my sabbatical comes to a sad end, I decided to come in to catch up and start thinking of next year’s teaching. When suddenly I started hearing continuous high squeaking from outside the window. It seemed there was a duck in distress – and I promptly phoned Campus Security for their help. They joined … Continue reading High Drama on a Saturday Afternoon
This evening I attended an excellent talk by Lorraine Dalston, a History of Science scholar. Many great ideas, starting from the very current ideas of big data and digital humanities. The concept I found most resonating was the idea of distinct paces: empirical discoveries happen at quick pace, the pace of publishable results, maybe of grants … Continue reading The three timescales of science
For several years I’ve been impressed by colleagues who have a public key in the signatures of their email messages. I have off and on read a little bit about security and encryption, but always found the explanations too complicated, so have relied instead on just not having anything particularly juicy or interesting to hide. … Continue reading Shhh! Using encryption.