Python, Technology

Codestellation: The Friendly Hackathon

As I mentioned in a previous post, I attended Codestellation this past weekend – the fourth annual beginner-friendly hackathon hosted on my campus. I had heard about it last year, but I didn’t get a chance to participate due to being busy with the start of my Master’s program. When I saw the flyers around campus for this year’s event, I knew I had to seize the opportunity to attend. I’m so excited that I did!

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Research, Science, Science Fridays

The First Successful Gene Therapy for the Worst Disease You’ve Never Heard Of

In October 2015, a 7-year old boy received life-saving surgeries involving skin grafts made from his own modified skin cells in the first successful gene therapy to-date for junctional epidermolysis bullosa (JEB).

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Blog Updates, Python, Science

Blog Update!

Happy November!

Halloween has come and gone, and I haven’t made a post here in a month. Yikes! Research and report writing, as well as job hunting, have been keeping me quite busy, but that’s no excuse for my lack of writing here.

Updates in this post:

  • Science Fridays
  • Codestellation
  • Progress in Python and Japanese studies

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Education, Research, Science

The Challenge of Novelty

Hello again, and happy September!

It seems like my posting is now becoming monthly, instead of weekly – and for this, I apologize! Research has been keeping me busy, along with other things. By the time I finish my work for the day and have dinner, all I want to do is relax! (And study Japanese, which I’ve been determined to make time for in the evenings as consistently as possible.)

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Japanese Language Studies

Progress Update: Japanese Studies

Hello, and happy August!

I apologize for my lack of posts in the past 2 weeks. I know that I said before that I would post at least once a week, but keeping up that posting schedule has been difficult in the past few months.

Today, I’d like to share another progress update with regards to my Japanese studies!

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Japanese Language Studies

Progress Update: Japanese Studies

I have been procrastinating a lot with my Japanese studies, and progress has been slow. I get motivated, I study for a while, and then life gets in the way and I stop. Then, I pick it back up again after a few months, and the cycle continues. I have found it quite difficult to maintain a consistent study schedule, and being in graduate school has made it more challenging. Of course, as the saying goes, making up excuses is itself its own excuse!

And so, I have a new goal: Complete Genki Vol. 1 by the time I graduate with my Master’s degree (which will officially be in May of next year).

In this post, I’ll be sharing what I have been up to lately with regards to my self-studying.

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Python, Science

Progress Update: Python

I can’t believe it has been three months since I started learning Python!

(Or rather, it’s been three months since I started from scratch with Python Crash Course by Eric Matthes, after giving up on Codeacademy’s Python course for various reasons, which I wrote about here.)

I’m about halfway through PCC so far, nearly done with chapter 6 (about dictionaries). I really enjoy this book, and I’m so glad I came across it in the public library when I did. In this post, I’m going to talk about what I’ve learned from experimenting with different approaches to not just understanding the material, but remembering it.

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Education, Science

How to Read Scientific Journal Articles

During my researching and reading for my thesis project proposal (which I should finish soon!), I’ve come to realize that my ability to discern whether a given paper will be useful has improved a lot since I began graduate school. Before, I would have to read a paper in its entirety to figure out if I need it or not, which puts quite a few hours of valuable time down the drain.

My first semester in the program, I had a lot of papers to read each week for two reading-heavy courses, and I found myself struggling to keep up some weeks more than others. I spoke with professors and classmates and did some Googling to get some ideas of how to read long and/or dense papers more quickly without losing understanding of the material, but the biggest teacher has really been simple: just read more papers. This was one of the first pieces of advice I received, but at first, I wasn’t convinced it was very helpful. Why would reading more papers help if the sheer number and length of papers I had to read was what I was struggling with in the first place?

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Education, Science

What Undergraduate Biology Laboratory Courses Don’t Teach You

Hello again!

I apologize for the lack of posts as of late. I have been adjusting to a new routine of lab work in the summer, as well as working on a proposal for my upcoming thesis project in the fall semester. I went home for some vacation time – only 4 weeks – and I have been slowly plodding through a cold I managed to catch (probably while I was traveling).

Since returning to the lab (more regularly at least than during the previous spring semester), I have come to realize that learning in a lab is different now, as a graduate student, than it was when I was an undergraduate student. That’s what I’m going to talk about in this post!

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