What pre-medical students can learn from the humanities

As I finish writing my final lab report for my Intermediate Physics Lab, the fall semester of my sophomore year comes to a slow, much-needed end. I've taken some time to reflect on the impact my classes have had since the beginning of the year. This semester, unlike those of my freshman year, has been … Continue reading What pre-medical students can learn from the humanities

The Uncertainty of Stochastic Models and Human Mortality

Stochastic models help us predict events that deal with uncertainty. We can use them to do cool things like predicting the levels of noise in gene expression [1]. The randomness of genetic mutation, epigenetic factors, and other biological mechanisms that influence genetic expression isn't something that we look at as some sort of black box … Continue reading The Uncertainty of Stochastic Models and Human Mortality

Float like a butterfly; sting like a bee.

Your hands can't hit what your eyes can't see.For this reason, we have to be careful when feeding numbers into our computer. Check out what happens when you ask a basic math question to Python:Pictured: the folly of manHuh, that's strange. Where did all those zeros come from? It turns out that machines use binary … Continue reading Float like a butterfly; sting like a bee.

Programming for Particle Physics – Monte Carlo simulations and Markov Chains

Call me Ishmael. Some years ago - never mind how long precisely - having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world. I'll tell you a story from my ongoing adventure in physics.Though I … Continue reading Programming for Particle Physics – Monte Carlo simulations and Markov Chains

Comparing genome alignment methods

One of my current projects in the Matthew Hahn Lab is to investigate the effectiveness of a few different full-genome alignment methods. My mentor and I have been studying a new program called progressiveCactus, and comparing its output to other alignment methods. By comparing the number of indels (that is, insertions and deletions) between different … Continue reading Comparing genome alignment methods

Helping other students with Undergraduate Research Awards and Opportunities

My university recently featured me on their webpage for their new Office of Competitive Awards and Research for my recent REU at Cornell University. It's definitely exciting to get press coverage. And it looks like REU's are definitely the gift that keeps on giving.This new office at Indiana University is actually keeping in touch with me … Continue reading Helping other students with Undergraduate Research Awards and Opportunities