Faces of rstudioconf

I was reminded today by Daniela that everyone should blog - and on top of that you can totally blog something small and simple just to get something out there.

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My Internship With Crisis Text Line

At the end of spring semester, I sent in my application to DoSomething.org for their Data Intern position. I found out about the position through a communication that started over Github, and thought it sounded interesting. I sent in my resume and cover letter and waited to see what would happen. I made it through to the next rounds. The last step was a phone interview where I gave a quick presentation on my analysis on some data, and talked about what the internship was about and what I was interested in. I mentioned that what brought me to Data Science was teaching, and how I hoped to be involved with research and education technology in the future. I didn't get the job.

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What Name Do Grad Students Refer to Their Professors As?

At some point this past week, I came to the realization that of the professors I've had this year, I've only referred to the female professor by her first name in conversation with other students. I wondered if this was indicative of some larger issue, or if it's just because she's also our class adviser.

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Graphics and Plots in Science

Graphics and visualizations are used for promotion, advertisement to promote a product or idea. In science, graphics tend to fall into one of two categories: for use in education or a science journal. For information on what makes a good educational graphic, or a teaching tool, I've written a piece earlier on this blog here. In the academic articles, graphics hold a special role in telling a compelling story of the data and results, however, the editing emphasis is often placed much more on text than making interesting and understandable science graphics.

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Reading Suggestions from Feb 2015

I'm going to start a new monthly post where I link to the most interesting articles, blog posts, tutorials and youtube videos I've found throughout the previous month.

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Educational Content on YouTube

YouTube is well known as the website that hosts illegal music videos and cats, and while the cat videos are abundant and adorable, there's been a new trend on YouTube toward channels and videos that offer viewers educational content as well as entertainment.

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