October 30, 2014

9:02 PM | Scary Mathematics
I thought that because Halloween is tomorrow (for me) a post about some Halloween related mathematics will be fun. 1. Carving Pumpkins. This is one of the traditions for Halloween that I enjoy the most. I was never used to Halloween … Continue reading →
6:00 AM | Building Stones of Clifton – A Walking Trail
In my opinion, there aren’t many finer ways to spend an autumnal afternoon than ambling round the historical suburb of Clifton in Bristol. Bounded to the west by the dramatic limestone cliffs of the Avon Gorge and the bucolic open downs of Clifton and Durdham, Clifton Village is a Bristol rarity, in only having been […]

October 29, 2014

12:57 AM | Tricks of the Trade: LaTeX
Ok, guys. I’ve been studying as a baby statistician (scienctician? statscientist? ecologitician?)  for a little while now and I’m here to share some of their secrets. Before I started here at Penn State I had a couple ideas about what other grad students in my department would be like. First, everyone would be computer masters of any and all statistical programs: R, SAS, others that I hadn’t even heard of yet. Second, they’d all be completely on top of everything in […]

October 28, 2014

8:42 AM | Impact of Open Data Movement on Data Management and Publishing
“If I have seen a little further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” The open access movement predates the Internet (to about the 1950's), and various models were proposed to increase access to academic research. Self-archiving (the act of depositing a free copy of an electronic document on the Internet in order to provide open access to it) has been common for computer scientists since at least the 1980s. In physics, it has become the norm and some sub-areas like […]
2:46 AM | Can prenatal stress be reversed?
I was scanning the titles of new journal articles a while back, and came across one that made me think, hey, that may be about rats, but it is totally relevant to dogs. And then I thought, why don’t I teach a class on it? Read and interpret this really interesting journal article with a group of dog trainers and dog lovers?I will be teaching the class Prenatal Stress and Anti-Depressants for APDT the week of November 18 (and you are invited to take it). This post will be used as reading […]

October 27, 2014

11:57 PM | Math is Invented or Discovered?
Sometime ago I made this poll after reading Einstein’s remark “How can it be that mathematics, being after all a product of human thought which is independent of experience, is so admirably appropriate to the objects of reality?” I was … Continue reading →

October 26, 2014

7:46 PM | Evariste Galois
As you have observed I omitted Evariste Galois born on 25th October 1811 from my daily posts and this is because he is the one that influenced me to start the event ‘Celebrate Mathematicians in October‘ and so I decided … Continue reading →
11:59 AM | After a busy summer, we have returned to the blogosphere…
Well, it has been a while since either of us has produced a GeologyJenga post, so first of all apologies on this front. We both have the same excuse – finishing our PhD theses! Our mutual deadline was 30 September 2014, and thankfully we both made it. The last few months were challenging at times […]

October 24, 2014

4:25 PM | Pokemon Fractals
If you are following my Facebook page, you probably already know my love for Fractals. The math behind these is not as easy as expected, but the result is extremely beautiful. In case you don’t know what a fractal is … Continue reading →

October 23, 2014

3:34 PM | 4 Ways to Reliably Reproduce Research
Copyright Recent studies indicate that at least 70% of certain types of research (particularly around life sciences) is not reproducible. Funders, reviewers, and researchers are increasingly demanding improved processes to improve reproducibility rates. Rather than just talking about the problem, we'd like to share some practical effective tips for improving your lab's research reproducibility.Register to attend our free […]
6:00 AM | Lakes and lahars at Mt Ruapehu
Mt Ruapehu is the largest mountain on the North Island of New Zealand. As well as being a popular ski resort, Ruapehu is an active andesitic stratovolcano. Formed approximately 200,000 years ago, activity is currently confined to the Crater Lake vent; this deep depression fills with water from snow melt between eruptive episodes. Similarly to […]

October 22, 2014

2:29 PM | Controversial App
Just a couple of minutes ago I was watching this video: This video presents an application (PhotoMath) that acts as a smart camera calculator or problem solver. It reads and solves mathematical expressions by using the camera of your mobile device … Continue reading →

October 21, 2014

11:11 PM | Celebrate Mathematicians part 3
We are on 20th October and just a little over half of the mathematicians of the month are covered. Impressive the fact that in the last 11 days we are celebrating 21 mathematicians, while in 20 days we have only … Continue reading →
9:00 PM | Getting a Motivation Makeover
Last week, doing anything was a struggle.  Literally all I wanted to do was watch cartoons, eat burritos, and perform the bare minimum tasks I could get away with doing (Editor’s note: This is me. Always).  Admitting these sorts of things is what makes the idea of an anonymous blog very appealing on occasion.  It’s not because I have a super exciting secret life or anything (spoiler alert: I find my own life very exciting on the whole), but because I think a lot of […]
5:51 PM | MCQ #2 Answer
If you want to take another stab at the question, have a go at this before reading on further! The criteria for a hospital’s Baby Friendly accreditation include: Have a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all health care staff. Train all health care staff in skills necessary to implement this policy. Inform all pregnant…

October 20, 2014

6:00 AM | Alumnus profile #6 – Dr Sam Engwell
Dr Sam Engwell Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher, INGV PhD title “Dynamics and Deposits of Large Explosive Eruptions”     1) The Twitter Challenge: Describe your PhD in 140 characters Investigation of eruption processes during supereruptions by analysis of deposits in deep-sea sediments. 2) Where are you now? What are you doing? I am a […]

October 19, 2014

8:11 PM | MCQ #2: BFHI and Breastfeeding Practices
 Filed under: #FOAMed Tagged: BFHI, breastfeeding, Community Medicine, mcq, Questions
7:53 PM | MCQ #1 Answer
Want another shot at the question? Have a go at it here before you check out the answer!   If the baseline district prevalence of TF in 1–9-year-old children is 10% or greater, antibiotic treatment of all residents should be undertaken annually for 3 years. After these three treatments, a repeat district survey should be…
7:47 PM | MCQ#1: Trachoma Control
When is blanket therapy advised for control of trachoma in a district? a. Prevalence of TF in 1-9 year old children >5% b. Prevalence of TF in 1-9 year old children >10% c. Prevalence of TF in 1-5 year old children >10% d. Prevalence of TF in 1-5 year old children >5%Filed under: #FOAMed Tagged:…

October 18, 2014

9:17 PM | Domestication and human evolution, streaming!
Domesticated humans, domesticated canids, domesticated finches! The Center for Academic Training & Research in Anthropogeny held a conference on domestication and human evolution, and live streamed it. I watched live, refusing to speak to my husband or dogs during it, which didn’t go over well. You, however, can watch the archive on YouTube.The conference was a series of short talks from researchers. These included:Robert Wayne, “The transformation of wolf to dog: history, […]
5:20 PM | MCQ #1: Trachoma
MCQ #1: Trachoma and its control.

October 17, 2014

7:37 PM | Flutter: Butterfly Sanctuary
I know that most of this month, so far, was more about the Mathematicians’ Event and I believe sometimes it is to much, even if I love this event a lot. So I decided to do something completely new today: … Continue reading →
11:36 AM | Science Snap (#33): Earth Science Week
James Hickey is a PhD student in the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Bristol. A geophysicist and volcanologist by trade, his PhD project is focussed on attempting to place constraints on volcanic unrest using integrated geodetic modelling. Earth Science Week is an international initiative to promote the great work that goes on in […]

October 16, 2014

8:44 PM | State of the Zombieverse
I haven’t been blogging much lately, and it’s mostly because I’ve been writing so much for more mainstream media outlets:“Neutering without a Scalpel” in the summer issue of the Whole Dog Journal. This story was about Zeuterin, a new product for performing chemical castration on a dog — in other words, non-surgical neutering. I tried to cover all the possible pros and cons of using Zeuterin versus the traditional surgical approach. I don’t think either […]
8:00 AM | Science snap (#32): Coral currents
KT Cooper is a PhD student in the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Bristol. A carbonate geochemist by training, here she dives into the world of corals. Coral is misunderstood. It may look like a beautiful underwater plant, and for a long time it was thought to be one, but is in […]

October 15, 2014

11:17 PM | Journal articles, stress, and anti-depressants with me and APDT
I’m teaching another online course for APDT: Analyzing Journal Articles: Pre-Natal Stress and Anti-Depressants. I’m trying something new with this one. It's just one week long. Basically, I’m going to be walking through a recent journal article that I thought had interesting implications for dogs. There will be several short lectures at different experience levels. Some will provide background in the area to students who don’t have an extensive science background. Some […]

October 14, 2014

9:00 PM | STS and the Super Science Side of Tumblr TA Tips for Teaching
We here at STS have TAed a lot.  We both taught lab sections when we were juniors and seniors in undergrad and then we taught more sections during our master's work.  I also taught during my first year in PhD land.  As a graduate student, TAing is often non-optional (gotta' pay those bills), exciting (young minds!  oh golly!), frustrating (it's ON THE SYLLABUS!), and intimidating (wait, so I have to be in charge of 20+ other legal adults for an hour or more?).  So, what […]
8:00 AM | Things I wish I knew when I started my PhD…
As the academic year begins again, new PhD students across the country (and further) are slowly settling into their fresh surroundings. I stayed at the same university when I made the switch to postgraduate research but I still remember feeling quite lost at the start, not knowing what to do or where to be. I’m […]

October 12, 2014

8:30 PM | Celebrate Mathematicians part 2
I observed that you enjoyed my last post ( part 1 ) about the mathematicians born in October, so I decided to write a post for every 6 mathematicians (I believe it just easy to read and the post is not that … Continue reading →

October 10, 2014

1:00 PM | When Mentoring Undergraduates, Educate, Don't Regulate
This post was originally published on the University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School's "student voices" blog. I've reposted the first bit here, and you can find the full text here."Universities often advertise student to faculty ratios in publicity pamphlets. Would you want to go to a class where the ratio was 1,000 to 1? How about 20 to 1? 8 to 1? What about 1 to 1? Undergraduate students who get involved in research put themselves in a unique position. They typically work under the […]
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