An announcement courtesy of Colin Gillespie, a lecturer in Maths & Stats here in Newcastle:
The School of Mathematics & Statistics at Newcastle University, are
again running some R courses. In January, 2012, we will run:
- January 16th: Introduction to R;
- January 17th: Programming with R;
- January 18th & 19th: Advanced graphics with R.
The courses aren’t aimed at teaching statistics, rather they aim to go through the fundemental concepts of R programming.
Further information is available at the course website.
The week before last I had my first job interview in 6 years (actually 6 years and one day, to be precise), and I’m delighted that 15 minutes after I left the interview room, I was offered the job.
I wasn’t expecting to get a new job this year, I’m perfectly happy where I am. I love my job. I enjoy the challenge of continually changing focus to work on different people’s projects, and of driving multiple lines of research all at once. However, this was an opportunity I simply couldn’t ignore. Because it is the same job, only better. Heck, I don’t even have to move desks (if I don’t want to).
See, this all came about because my esteemed colleague, and the founding head of the Newcastle Bioinformatics Support Unit, Daniel Swan, has decided to move to pastures new, at Oxford Gene Technology. This means there was an opening to do pretty much what I already do, but while running the show too.
I’m very excited to have this opportunity. Dan will be sorely missed – I have very big boots to fill – but I’ll be working very hard to make sure the unit goes from strength to strength. Also, since I have effectively vacated my old job, we will be recruiting very shortly to fill that gap too. So watch this space if you’re interested in working in Bioinformatics support in the North East.
I’m delighted to announce we’re offering a PhD studentship, commencing in October. I’ve spent most of my time on the Ondex project building an integrated network focussed on drug repositioning (see [cite source=’doi’]10.2390/biecoll-jib-2010-116[/cite]). I’m very excited that we’ve managed to secure a CASE studentship, in collaboration with Philippe Sanseau at GSK, to continue and considerably extend this work. I think this is a very exciting opportunity. Full details below.
Where? – Newcastle University – School of Computing Science
What? – Development of Novel Computational Approaches to Mine Integrated Datasets for Drug Repurposing Opportunities
We invite applications for a CASE PhD studentship in Bioinformatics at Newcastle University in the North East of England. The project is a 3-year EPSRC PhD sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and involves the development of novel methods of finding new targets for existing drugs using data integration.
Ondex is a data integration computational platform for Systems Biology (SB). The student will research the optimization and application of Ondex integrated datasets to the identification of repurposing opportunities for existing compounds with a particular, but not exclusive, focus in the infectious diseases therapeutic area. The student will also use the dataset to explore the interplay between microbial targets and perturbations in the metabolic and community structure of the human gut microbiome.
An ideal student will have a background in computing science, good programming skills, preferably in Java and an interest in biology and bioinformatics. Applicants should also possess an upper second class undergraduate degree. Only students who meet the EPSRC home student requirements are eligible for full fees, other EU students are only eligible to support for the fees. Students from outside the EU are not eligible to apply – please see the EPSRC website for details.
The studentship will start in October 2011, jointly supervised by Prof. Anil Wipat and Dr. Simon Cockell at Newcastle University, and Dr. Philippe Sanseau at GSK. The student will spend at least three months at GSK in Stevenage as part of the project. Home students are eligible for payment of full fees and an enhanced stipend of approximately £18,000 tax free. To apply, please send an email to [anil dot wipat at ncl dot ac dot uk] with CV (including the contact details of least two referees) and a cover letter indicating your suitability for the position. Please include “Application CASE PhD” in the subject of the email. Applications will be dealt with as they arrive – there is no closing date.
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“Beautiful Data”, “Coders at Work” and “xkcd volume 0”
So here I am, sitting in a statistics workshop, having finished all the exercises ahead of time, musing on how much easier all this stuff is once you understand where it all comes from. This made me think that I have found this workshop more understandable and simpler to tackle because I have pretty much finished reading a marvellous little book called ‘The Drunkard’s Walk’ by Leonard Mlodinow.
Mlodinow aims to educate the reader about randomness and statistics, by way of history and illustrative example, and he succeeds admirably. The book is a walk through mathematics from the Greeks and Romans, by way of the renaissance, to Einstein and the modern day. Each important advance toward the modern day study of statistics is illustrated with excellent examples and anecdotes, many of them personal to the author. The Monty Hall problem, the anomoly of Jeanne Calment, who reverse-mortgaged her apartment to a 47 year old lawyer when she was 90, only to outlive him (and he died aged 77), even the author’s own (false) positive AIDS test makes for an intriguing case study, and illustrates the importance of understanding prior probabilities when reporting the results of a test.
The setting of all this stuff in context has really helped my brain with the basic concepts, and even without this current course, I feel like I’ve got a much better grip on statistics in general. A remarkable claim for a popular science book. I look forward to the remaining 30 or so pages.