Modeling Life (a freshman seminar) — Part 2

In Part 1, I described the motivations behind a “Freshman Interest Group” (FIG) seminar I taught last term, called “Modeling Life,” that explored how contemporary science can make sense of biology by way of physical and computational models. I also wrote about several of the topics explored in the class. Here, I’ll describe some of … Continue reading Modeling Life (a freshman seminar) — Part 2

Modeling Life (a freshman seminar) — Part 1

Last term I taught a small freshman seminar called “Modeling Life,” on ways of looking at biology through the lens of physical and computational models. It was part of the university’s “Freshman Interest Group” (FIG) program, in which one creates small seminars that connect two regular courses that each student in the FIG takes. This … Continue reading Modeling Life (a freshman seminar) — Part 1

Microcontrollers

During the summer my and Eric Corwin‘s weekly group meetings (our groups meet together) depart from our usual format of presentations of our own research and brief summaries of journal articles to instead tackle some broader topic. ¬†Last year, for example, we covered a good chunk of¬†Introduction to Modeling for Biosciences by Barnes and Chu, … Continue reading Microcontrollers