November 2007 Archives

Nova: Judgment Day

Tiffany and I watched Nova documentary on the Dover trial last night: Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial.

I was glad to see that they covered all the major points and events of the trial. It was eerie watching the interviewed making the exact same points that they’ve made in email. I still remember the day that Nick wrote us the email about the discovery of the drafts and later the finding of “cdesign proponentsists”.

The best part was the appearance of our Prof. Steve Steve in the background of one of the shots.

If you missed it, you can watch it online starting on Friday the 16th.

Daft Videos

I came across two cool videos today. They start out slow but then get really amazing. Definitely worth a watch, especially if you are a fan of Daft Punk.

Openlab 2007 We are nearing the end of the year and and the submission deadline for The Open Laboratory: The Best Science Writing on Blogs 2007, edited by Bora and myself. Go here to submit quality science blog posts before the deadline ends, Dec 20th. Bora has a list of the current submissions, so if you seen any good posts not represented go ahead and submit them.

Now comes the hard part. I need 20-25 science bloggers and science blog readers to volunteer to judge the quality of the submissions. You won’t have to read hundreds of entries, just the ones in the categories that you are assigned. I’m planning on using the following categories (subject to change):

Life Science: Biology, Evolution, Health, Medicine, Neuroscience

Physical Science: Physics, Chemistry, Math, Astronomy

Environment: Climate change, Pollution, Sustainability, Green living, Alternative energy, Geoscience

Humanities & Social Science: Anthropology, Sociology, Archaeology, Psychology, History and Philosophy of Science, Ethics, Arts & Culture

Education & Careers: Science education, Teaching, Curricula, Lab Life, Grad School, Funding, Evolution in schools

Politics: Politics, Elections, Government, Public policy, Culture wars, Creationism, Antiscience

Medicine & Health: Public health, Epidemiology, Pharmaceuticals, Health care, Medical training

Technology: Computers, Software, Hardware, Engineering, Consumer Electronics, Fuel and energy technology

So if you are willing to judge a couple of these categories, please send me an email at [Enable javascript to see this email address.] with a short message about why you think you could be a good judge.

Blogging Update

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You probably won’t hear much out of me on this blog for a while. I’m busy preparing for my interview in late November, and I will hopefully have other interviews after that.

I have a couple of papers that I need to get out. I’m editing the Openlab 2007, and we plan on getting it done before the science blogging conference in January.

So between academics and administration duties, I’ll probably have little time to write any of the cool science and programming posts that I have in the pipeline.

NCAA Football Rankings

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I’ve modified my algorithm a bit, adding more weight to wins and losses. Here are the top 50 for this week under the new algorithm.

    School                     Record   Quality
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 1  LSU                         8-1-0    7.4884
 2  Ohio State                 10-0-0    7.1795
 3  Oregon                      8-1-0    7.1517
 4  Oklahoma                    8-1-0    6.8132  
 5  Kansas                      9-0-0    6.7360   
 6  West Virginia               7-1-0    6.7010    
 7  Florida                     6-3-0    6.6345    
 8  Missouri                    8-1-0    6.5841    
 9  Arizona St                  8-1-0    6.3757    
10  Virginia Tech               7-2-0    6.2672   
11  South Florida               6-3-0    6.2300   
12  Boston College              8-1-0    6.2139   
13  Auburn                      7-3-0    6.1407   
14  Georgia                     7-2-0    6.1392    
15  Connecticut                 8-1-0    6.1150   
16  Southern Cal                7-2-0    6.1086    
17  Alabama                     6-3-0    6.0628   
18  Penn State                  7-3-0    5.9982    
19  Clemson                     7-2-0    5.9806   
20  Michigan                    8-2-0    5.9649   
21  Kentucky                    6-3-0    5.8914    
22  Texas                       8-2-0    5.8152    
23  Arkansas                    6-3-0    5.7761    
24  Florida St                  6-3-0    5.7696    
25  Cincinnati                  7-2-0    5.7556    
26  Illinois                    7-3-0    5.6417    
27  Tennessee                   6-3-0    5.5918   
28  California                  6-3-0    5.5692    
29  South Carolina              6-4-0    5.5317   
30  Purdue                      7-3-0    5.4758   
31  Oklahoma St                 5-4-0    5.4470   
32  Wake Forest                 6-3-0    5.4418   
33  Virginia                    8-2-0    5.4019    
34  Texas Tech                  7-3-0    5.3738    
35  Boise St                    8-1-0    5.3688    
36  Wisconsin                   7-3-0    5.3363    
37  Brigham Young               6-2-0    5.3169   
38  Kansas St                   5-4-0    5.2735    
39  Rutgers                     5-4-0    5.2492    
40  Vanderbilt                  5-4-0    5.2242   
41  Georgia Tech                5-4-0    5.1417    
42  Hawai`i                     8-0-0    5.1183   
43  Troy                        6-3-0    5.0491   
44  Colorado                    5-5-0    5.0387    
45  Texas A&M                   6-4-0    4.9997    
46  Northern Iowa               9-0-0    4.9917    
47  Louisville                  5-4-0    4.9909    
48  Washington                  3-6-0    4.9430    
49  Michigan St                 5-5-0    4.9026    
50  Central Florida             6-3-0    4.8577

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