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Pro-tips for graduate students (Part 3)

This is part of the ongoing series of pro tips for graduate students, check out parts one and two for the original installments.  Learn how to write papers in a very clear and simple style. Whenever you can write in … Continue reading

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When dealing with poop, it's best to just get your hands dirty

I’m a relatively new dad. Before the kid we affectionately call the “tiny tornado” (TT) came into my life, I had relatively little experience dealing with babies and all the fluids they emit. So admittedly, I was a little squeamish dealing with … Continue reading

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Pro Tips for Grad Students in Statistics/Biostatistics (Part 1)

I just finished teaching a Ph.D. level applied statistical methods course here at Hopkins. As part of the course, I gave one “pro-tip” a day; something I wish I had learned in graduate school that has helped me in becoming … Continue reading

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"How do we evaluate statisticians working in genomics? Why don't they publish in stats journals?" Here is my answer

During the past couple of years I have been asked these questions by several department chairs and other senior statisticians interested in hiring or promoting faculty working in genomics. The main difficulty stems from the fact that we (statisticians working … Continue reading

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Reverse scooping

I would like to define a new term: reverse scooping is when someone publishes your idea after you, and doesn’t cite you. It has happened to me a few times. What does one do? I usually send a polite message … Continue reading

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Show 'em the data!

In a previous post I argued that students entering college should be shown job prospect by major data. This week I found out the American Bar Association might make it a requirement for law school accreditation. Hat tip to Willmai Rivera.

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Preparing for tenure track job interviews

If you are in the job market you will soon be receiving (or already received) an invitation for an interview. So how should you prepare?  You have two goals. The first is to make a good impression. Here are some … Continue reading

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Expected Salary by Major

In this recent editorial about the Occupy Wall Street movement, Richard Kim profiles a protestor that despite having a master’s degree can’t find a job. This particular protestor quit his job as a school teacher three years ago and took out a $35K student … Continue reading

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The self-assessment trap

Several months ago I was sitting next to my colleague Ben Langmead at the Genome Informatics meeting. Various talks were presented on short read alignments and every single performance table showed the speaker’s method as #1 and Ben’s Bowtie as … Continue reading

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Finding good collaborators

The job of the statistician is almost entirely about collaboration. Sure, there’s theoretical work that we can do by ourselves, but most of the impact that we have on science comes from our work with scientists in other fields. Collaboration … Continue reading

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