Elizabeth Rhoades- new faculty in Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry. Fall Course – interdisciplinary class entitled “Mathematical Methods in Biophysics” (MBB 435/635) that is aimed at advanced undergraduates and first year graduate students. In this class, we will lecture on the mathematical methods used in analysis of biophysical and biochemical data, and students will use Matlab programs to manipulate and analyze actual data contributed by various labs in our department. Our hope is that not only will this provide some of the mathematical background needed for data analysis in a research setting, but will also provide students with a deeper understanding of abstract mathematical principles when they see how they can apply them to the analysis of real data.It will be necessary for each student to have a copy of Matlab for the coursework
4/27 – Ed Contacted Mathworks for info
I’ve made what I’m calling an Optisphere to show a panorama of the Martian landscape. It’s a simple spherical prim with a texture on the inside, but I think it’s fun.
I’ve been venturing outside the protective bubble of Elihu Island to check out educational sims in SL. I’m popping stills and grabbing some video to use in a short video we can use to show faculty what is possible in SL. I’ve also done some thinking about some clever machinima that might catch some faculty interest.
I’ve crawled the web and found a bunch of information on how people are using GeoWalls. I’ve compiled them at http://del.icio.us/yale_itg/geowall. I also received a quote from Zach Boxrud at ProjectorPoint, a company in Minnesota that does a lot of these for schools.
The next step is to get some faculty interested in trying one out with their class. I’ve approached Jeff Kenney in Astronomy and have emailed Mark Brandon in Geology. It would be really useful to actually have a set up to show, though, when I explain it.