I sincerely apologize for the lack of blog posts this past week. I have been hard at work poring through the literature, conducting hours and hours of Internet and more literature research, pondering my algorithms (which, after a ton of calculus and algebra and hair-pulling, I have finally successfully nailed down!!! What a relief, and how sweet the sound), starting to code my algorithms and Monte Carlo simulations, and writing the first draft of my research paper (attached!) - so I made a conscious decision to prioritize the research over the blog.
Last week, I sat in on a open forum/journal club meeting at the lab. There were nine people total (not including me): seven scientists (researchers, biologists, asst profs) and two computer scientists (carrying badges from both Intel and OHSU; they like to hang out at OHSU).
-in which a lab scientist presents his or her work to everyone else in the lab
-we provide feedback on the spot (constructive criticism, questions)
2. journal club
-like a book club, but with scientific journal articles
-everyone gets a copy of the paper beforehand, reads and/or annotates it
-at the meeting, go over each section (or specific sentences, terms) and analyze through discussion
While I will do the majority of preliminary computational trials and algorithm wrangling and coding over the Parent Conferences period later this week, I wanted to post an update on how I'm planning to perform the tasks (and how I am faring so far).
Constants (material properties of PbS lead sulfide)
Effective mass (found here), denoted m* = 0.08 (in units of the electron mass m0)
Many thanks to all of you for being such a supportive audience.
I am glad that people were able to get the big concepts and ideas (which is what I was going for, after all). I actually had not noticed a fast pace while I was presenting, but I never do, so I think I need to make a serious effort to slow myself down while I speak. It definitely can be done. Thank you for that important tip, Veronica!