Early Spring Edition: From Sun to Snow
We are now well into the New Year, and I’ve spent a fair amount of it on the road. Here’s an update:
- I got out of the Pacific Northwest gray winter and headed south to California, where I spent nearly a month working remotely. Work was interspersed with rainbow-filled short hikes around the central coast.
I was also at the Polar Bear Plunge in Cayucos, CA (as an observer, obviously).
- During my time in California, I had a quick trip to visit biology and CS faculty at Harvey Mudd College. I then drove up north to Portland, stopping in San Fransisco & the Shasta Lake caverns for some sightseeing.
- I returned to a bunch of research projects in full swing. My postdoc’s BIBM 2018 paper on localized PathLinker was invited to be in a special issue of BMC Systems Biology. The differential privacy crew (led by computer scientist Adam Groce and statistician Andrew Bray) had a paper on differentially private ANOVA officially accepted to PETS. We also submitted a paper (with a former student as first author) on signaling pathway connectivity using directed hypergraphs. I also started some brand-new collaborations with Layla Oesper at Carleton College, and wrapped up a project with Ali Bashir at the Icahn School of Medicine and Mt. Sinai.
- I then flew to Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, where I gave a talk on signaling pathway analysis and caught up with colleagues and good friends Catie Welsh in Computer Science and Dan Blustein in Neuroscience.
- Finally, I trekked to snowy Minneapolis, MN, for the 50th SIGCSE conference, where I saw colleagues from undergrad, grad school, and the Pacific Northwest. What a great meeting – it was worth the cold.
Here’s hoping for warm weather soon.