A blog that I read (Molecular Ecologist) has a Friday post almost every week about what they’re reading. I enjoy hearing about what other people are reading. It gives me ideas. These are some of the things I’ve been reading this week:
Present for husband (who reads this blog?)
My town held local elections. The woman whose sign has been on my lawn for the past month (Margot Dorfman) won! Jim Simmons seems like he will be a good mayor. In talking with him about housing developments and septic tank issues on our barrier island, he seemed to be knowledgeable and very aware of the logistics and the situation we’re in. I have an optimistic outlook for this new Commission and Mayoral administration.
There is a glum atmosphere at work as an unpopular interim Executive Director was named from the existing faculty ranks.
Starting an 8-week, “Bioinformatics Algorithms: Part 1” course. I think Dr. Pavel Pevzner (one of the instructors/creators of the course) is cool and has some good ideas for teaching bioinformatics. Biology Education needs re-examining.
Plus, he’s funny and very charming:
- Summarizing data by factors
- doBy package
- Quick-R: Exporting Data
- Tools for making latex tables in R – Stack Overflow
- R: Make Syntactically Valid Names
- How to Ask – Stack Overflow
- Special characters in R language – Stack Overflow
For my students (Week 5, Atmospheric Issues):
- Electricity Generation and Pollution – ElecPollution_EnvDef.pdf
- Getting them to look up job listings for topics we discuss
- Emissions calculators and what information goes into a calculation. According to airhead.cnt.org, I contributed 2395 lbs. of personal emissions in Oct (stupid driving commute):
I was accepted to the 2014 Workshop on Genomics in Český Krumlov, Czech Republic! Now I have to find funding. Commence proposal writing. Some references I used:
- Dudley, J.T. and Butte, A.J. 2009. A Quick Guide for Developing Effective Bioinformatics Programming Skills. PLoS Computational Biology. 5(12):1-7.
- Stein, L. 2010. The case for cloud computing in genome informatics. Genome Biol. 11(5): 207.
- National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI). 2013. “DNA Sequencing Costs.” Available at: http://www.genome.gov/sequencingcosts/
- DNA Sequencing Caught in Deluge of Data – NYTimes.com
Some other interesting links:
- I heard about a cool new mini benchtop, field sequencing technology to be released in the new year.
- Thinking about how to make listeners comfortable when I speak.