Wednesday, April 26, 2006


Drum roll please

After over a year of looking at a dozen schools, applying to nine of them, and visiting 3 finalists, the elder penguin has chosen to go to (drum roll please) Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism.

His final visit to Pomona was a good one, but Northwestern won out because he wants to write.

Maybe now I can get back to some GA blogging.

Friday, April 21, 2006


More on metadata stores

Today I gave a presentation for the ALG group in NCSA about metadata stores and how they can be used in D2K. The presentation has two parts. The first one covers and introduction to metadata in general with some examples. The second one, is about how to wrap a metadata store (Kowari, see the previous post here) and make it accessible in D2K. You can find the slides here.

Monday, April 17, 2006


Teaching Company kudos

More Teaching Company kudos here.


The penguin's next stand

After a successful visit to Wash U in St. Louis, Max and his mom are up in Evanston to visit Medill Journalism School at Northwestern University. Max and Mary Ann liked Wash U. We'll see how Max finds NU during the spring. Last summer he was part of the cherub program (see here). Here's a picture of the penguin with his roommate from last summer.

Saturday, April 08, 2006


GA optimized tool for diagnosing "suicide disease."

Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University have developed an online tool, based on artificial neural networks optimized by genetic algorithms, to diagnose trigeminal neuralgia, sometimes referred to as "suicide disease". Read the full news report here.

The diagnostic tool can be accessed here.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006


March of the Penguin

Previously, I chronicled my experiences with my older son Max in trying to help him choose a college. We're down to the wire and four colleges appear to be in the running: Kalamazoo, Northwestern, Pomona, & Wash U. We're arranging some last-minute visits as the decision must be reached by the national May 1 deadline. See here and here for back stories.

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