Category Archives: research

Research introduction for students

This summer I’m developing a fully-online course for transfer students to help them hit the ground running in our program (this is part of an entirely online program currently for psychology and business majors). The learning outcomes for the course … Continue reading

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Helicopter vs snowplow

Working in the dean’s office has given me all sorts of new respect for the Dean of Students office. Specifically, I’ve been very impressed at how they leverage students’ parents when helping the students get through tough times. My experience … Continue reading

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Harmonic drums neural network

I’ve written before about my research group’s efforts at trying to find harmonic drums. One of those students wants to continue that work as a independent study so I’ve been putting some more thought into it. This post is about … Continue reading

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Help us crowd-source our drums!

My students have been working hard this summer on a project I’ve talked about before. Here’s the gist: Normal drums aren’t melodic. They have resonant frequencies but they aren’t in a pattern that we think sounds good. That’s why they’re … Continue reading

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Group digital lab books

Last summer I bought a LiveScribe Sky pen for my lab group, with the hope that we’d connect it to a group Evernote account that we’d use as a group lab notebook. Unfortunately, it didn’t work very well. The Evernote … Continue reading

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Teaching article reading

Today my research students and I did a fun activity. We’ve found several papers that are connected to the work we’re doing, and I wanted to sit with my students to pore over them to see where the gaps were … Continue reading

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Summer project: more twirling chains

There are three main origins of this post: I really like playing with twirling chains. Yet another example of how mixing analytical and numeric approaches in Mathematica can be cool. This seems like a cool distributed project for next summer. … Continue reading

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