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Figuring Out Learning Objectives the Hard Way

April 30, 2015
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When building the Genomic Data Science Specialization (which starts in June!) we had to figure out the learning objectives for each course. We initially set our ambitions high, but as you can see in this video below, Steven Salzberg brought us back to ...

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Why is there so much university administration? We kind of asked for it.

April 13, 2015
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The latest commentary on the rising cost of college tuition is by Paul F. Campos and is titled The Real Reason College Tuition Costs So Much. There has been much debate about this article and whether Campos is right or wrong...and I don't plan to add to that. However, I wanted to pick up on

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How to Get Ahead in Academia

April 9, 2015
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This video on how to make it in academia was produced over 10 years ago by Steven Goodman for the ENAR Junior Researchers Workshop. Now the whole world can benefit from its wisdom. The movie features current and former JHU Biostatistics faculty, including Francesca Dominici, Giovanni Parmigiani, Scott Zeger, and Tom Louis. You don't want

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Why You Need to Study Statistics

April 3, 2015
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The American Statistical Association is continuing its campaign to get you to study statistics, if you haven't already. I have to agree with them that being a statistician is a pretty good job. Their latest video highlights a wide range of statistician...

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Is Reproducibility as Effective as Disclosure? Let’s Hope Not.

February 12, 2015
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Jeff and I just this week published a commentary in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on our latest thinking on reproducible research and its ability to solve the reproducibility/replication "crisis" in science (there's a version on arXiv too). In a nutshell, we believe reproducibility (making data and code available so that others can

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Reproducible Research Course Companion

January 26, 2015
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Reproducible Research Course Companion

I'm happy to announce that you can now get a copy of the Reproducible Research Course Companion from the Apple iBookstore. The purpose of this e-book is pretty simple. The book provides all of the key video lectures from my Reproducible Research course offered on Coursera, in a simple offline e-book format. The book can be viewed

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Dear Laboratory Scientists: Welcome to My World

October 15, 2014
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Consider the following question: Is there a reproducibility/replication crisis in epidemiology? I think there are only two possible ways to answer that question: No, there is no replication crisis in epidemiology because no one ever believes the result of an epidemiological study unless it has been replicated a minimum of 1,000 times in every possible

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Unbundling the educational package

September 22, 2014
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I just got back from the World Economic Forum's summer meeting in Tianjin, China and there was much talk of disruption and innovation there. Basically, if you weren't disrupting, you were furniture. Perhaps not surprisingly, one topic area that was … Continue reading →

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Introducing people to R: 14 years and counting

July 29, 2014
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I've been introducing people to R for quite a long time now and I've been doing some reflecting today on how that process has changed quite a bit over time. I first started using R around 1998--1999 I think I … Continue reading →

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Jan de Leeuw owns the Internet

July 16, 2014
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One of the best things to happen on the Internet recently is that Jan de Leeuw has decided to own the Twitter/Facebook universe. If you do not already, you should be following him. Among his many accomplishments, he founded the … Continue reading →

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