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Adventures in online lecturing mathematics to biochemists. Part 3.

In this post, I’ll describe the feedback I got from my students on my Quantitative Biochemistry course. It was delivered during October and November 2020 and comprised a dozen lectures and a series of seven examples classes, each led by a class tutor and containing 6-9 students. See here and here for the previous two […]

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Adventures in online lecturing mathematics to biochemists. Part 2.

In the last post, I described how I’ve converted Professor Elspeth Garman’s lecture notes from OHP to jupyter-notebooks, which is quite a jump, but I had to do so I could record the dozen lectures making up the course which started in October 2020. So how did it go? Some things I learnt scribbling on […]

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Adventures in online lecturing mathematics to biochemists. Part 1.

After one year of shadowing Professor Elspeth Garman, I’ve taken over lecturing the Mathematics course to the first-year undergraduates studying Biochemistry at the University of Oxford. A little over ten years ago I was a class tutor on this course and always liked it, partly because it is a challenge: I think many of the […]

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Software Carpentry Workshop

Last week on Thursday and Friday I helped run a Software Carpentry workshop in the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford.

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Read Ellen’s Azure post

As I’ve described here, here and here, I ran a Hackathon instead of the more traditional project in the third week of the Bioinformatics module course for around 30 students from the University of Oxford Interdisciplinary Biosciences programme in November 2017. One of the students, Ellen Pasternack, wrote a guest blog post for Microsoft which […]

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Azure. Can I break it? Yes you can.

In this post, I’ll spell out some of the problems we encountered using Microsoft Azure to run a 3-week course for about 30 postgraduates in a typical “computer lab”. As you’ll see, a group of cloud-naive highly intelligent postgraduates are capable of breaking nearly anything and, perhaps, might constitute the perfect resilience test for your […]

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Azure, Hackathons and PhD students: Feedback

This is the second year that I have organised a three-week course on Bioinformatics from PhD students in their first year of the Oxford Interdisciplinary Biosciences programme. As last year, I run the third week as a Hackathon and in preparation the students had to choose a scientific paper in the first week, form teams […]

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A way of using Azure in computer-based practicals

Last year I took over coordinating a three-week Bioinformatics module for the Interdisciplinary Bioscience Doctoral Training Centre in Oxford. Much of the course is taken up with computational practicals which we usually run on the low-spec desktop PCs that they have in the DTC. This year though we have been fortunate to receive a grant […]

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2018 PhD projects announced

As described here, one of the main ways of getting funding to studying for a DPhil with me is to apply for an NDM Prize Studentship. There is a competition held each year and the successful applicants have all their fees paid and get a generous £18,000 pa tax-free stipend. The deadline is 12 noon […]

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Women in Computer Science Day

Last week I ran a small stall at the annual Women in Computer Science day run by the Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford. Fortunately being neither a woman nor a computer scientist proved to be a problem. The event was aimed at female Year 10 students (and therefore would be choosing […]