“Computing” has become an important mode of exploration in many fields. At Drew University, I’ve been offering an introductory, practical course on scientific computing with Wolfram Mathematica, which is also used in other courses (e.g., calculus, physical chemistry, mechanics, math physics, etc.). The main goal is to expose students to various things technical computing software package […]
A very thoughtful gift by a physics major, Zoe, who took my thermal physics course. Thank you. “Bring forth what is true; Write it so that it’s clear. Defend it to your last breath.”
As a part of her independent studies, Caroline 3d-printed a prosthetic hand model (Cyborg Beast by Creighton Lab). We had plans to motorize individual fingers, but did not have enough time. She discovered that threading the string through the holes in the model was difficult.
This semester (spring, 2017), I taught a course titled “New breakthrough technologies in neuroscience research”: Catalog description: In the past decade, neuroscientists have developed a number of new, exciting methods for studying the brain. For examples, some research labs now use laser to activate genetically-engineered neurons (optogenetics). Others have created a detailed 3-dimensional map of […]
Ooh~ Looks like a fun project! I want one.
Found several resources on Python for Matlab users. xkcd: Python (from scipy) https://docs.scipy.org/doc/numpy-dev/user/numpy-for-matlab-users.html (Nice table) http://mathesaurus.sourceforge.net/matlab-numpy.html (Blog) http://bastibe.de/2013-01-20-a-python-primer-for-matlab-users.html (Blog) http://stsievert.com/blog/2015/09/01/matlab-to-python/ (Presentation): http://brain.cin.ucsf.edu/~craig/rstuff/Python_for_Matlab_Users.pdf
Some thoughts on teaching data visualization skills. Need to go beyond learning to use a piece of software, so that students develop an appreciation (an “eye”) for effective communication. It would be great to collaborate with visual arts department. Emphasis on removing noise/clutter and enhancing signal (i.e., increasing signal to noise ratio). It is a part of […]
There was a Shannon Luminary Lecture by Stephen Friend at the Nokia Bell Lab at Murray Hill. I thought it was going to be mostly on genetics and data science, but it was (pleasantly) much more. There were many thought-provoking points: “endangered experiences”: pausing to have a deep dialogue with yourself. “we may have knowledge of the past […]
I finally watched the movie Arrival (2016) with some students today. The original story by Ted Chiang is cleverer and more thought-provoking. Nevertheless, it was fun to see the scientists in the movie working with Mathematica and Matlab. In his blog, Stephen Wolfram wrote about his involvement with this movie. Coincidentally, there was an neuroscience news today about how […]
Had an opportunity to teach some computational neuroscience to Korean high school students. With alphaGo, AI has become a trendy topic in Korea, and I hope students heard my message that it is important to learn the foundations (math, science, etc.). Several 3D printers. (They had better resources)