Monthly Archives: September 2014

SPOTLIGHT: Teri Juarez, NDSEG Fellow

Teri Juarez is working on her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. She’s working with Andrea Hodge on the development of lighter, stronger metals. She was awarded the Department of Defense’s NDSEG fellowship in 2013. She was kind enough to share her experiences and advice with us.

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SPOTLIGHT: Sean Culver and Carrie McCarthy, NSF Fellows

Carrie and Sean lab pic

Sean Culver and Carrie McCarthy are graduate students in Chemistry working with Richard Brutchey, developing and optimizing systems for energy conversion and storage. They are both recipients of the NSF GRFP award, and took some time to talk with me about their experiences.  Continue reading

SPOTLIGHT: Becky Wilson, NSF GRFP Fellow, on applying for fellowships

Becky Wilson interview pic

Becky Wilson is a graduate student in Chemical Engineering who applied for and was awarded the NSF GRFP fellowship in the 2013-2014 school year. Her graduate advisor is Mark Thompson. The two of them are working on developing more efficient and longer-lasting solar energy cells. We asked her about her experiences applying for fellowships and what she has gained from both the process and the fellowships themselves.  Continue reading

To Bayes, or not to Bayes?

Bayesian Integration and the Size-Weight Illusion

It has been quite a while since I’ve posted, so I thought I’d start the semester with some interesting science, and hopefully find time to ponder, philosophize, and pontificate later in the semester.

At the 2013 annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN), I had the pleasure to meet many people doing all sorts of interesting science. One such person was (now Dr.) Megan Peters. I met Megan at the Translational and Computational Motor Control (TCMC) satellite event, which tends to attract the same crowd as the Society for the Neural Control of Movement (NCM). We’ve kept in touch since then, and I had the opportunity to listen to Megan rehearse her dissertation defense, and it was fascinating! Her work has some interesting overlaps with the theories we think about in our lab group, but I’ll have to leave talking about those things for after she publishes them! (If you like this post, see Megan’s webpage to keep up on her endeavors!)  Continue reading