Category Archives: Education

Data Mining the National Science Foundation’s Scholarship Program

Fall is in the air.  Undergraduates have returned to their roost.  All this reminds me of the annual trials and tribulations of the scholarship cycles.  One of the particularly memorable ones was the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship.  I applied, but ended up on a different NSF grant for my work at NYU. […]

How Andrew Hacker and the New York Times got it wrong

The July 29 New York Times Op-Ed page ran a piece by Andrew Hacker entitled “Is Algebra Necessary?”  In the course of the piece, he makes several arguments all pointing towards a resounding “NO!”  The arguments he makes are, in my opinion, all flawed.  I’ll address one of them here, surrounding the employability of people […]

Google and Cancer, AKA, that is not a small number

A presentation at the Google I/O developers conference blew my mind today.  While the videos from I/O conferences are always fun to watch, the particularly mind-explody bit for me was the release of Google Compute Engine.  They showcased the technology by launching a 600000 core cluster in a matter of minutes. That is not a small […]

Learn something for free. Change the world.

Udacity started another round of courses this past week.  In case you’ve not heard of it yet, you should know, it’s going to change the world.  Udacity is a free online university, so far presenting courses that teach programming at several levels.  Over the next 7 weeks they’re bridging out into statistics, physics and discrete […]