My Record-Keeping Setup

By Matthew Andres Moreno on January 26, 2018 in Productivity / 0 Comments
My Record-Keeping Setup

This material is cross-posted from my personal blog. You can find the original version here. March 25, 2000 Paris Hugh printed out my French medical story. I don’t like the way the pages look, but I suppose I’ll get used to them, just as I’m adapting to the laptop he bought me. It’s so different. On a typewriter, when you run out of things to say you get up and clean the bathtub. On a computer you scroll down your list of fonts or make little boxes. It scares me to say it, but I think I’m going to miss my laptop while I’m away. Suddenly I can see what everyone’s been talking about for the past fifteen years. — David Sedaris, Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977-2002 (2017) But I am very poorly today and very […]

Reflections on My First Semester at MacDonald Middle School

By Matthew Andres Moreno on January 18, 2018 in Education / 0 Comments
Reflections on My First Semester at MacDonald Middle School

Figure 1 The front entrance of MacDonald Middle School. Photo from ELPS district site. As the spring semester winds up, one of the parts of my school week I’m looking forward most to getting back to is working with math students at MacDonald Middle School (Figure 1). Last semester, I spent Monday and Wednesday mornings as a teacher’s assistant in two classrooms — third and fourth period on their schedule. My third period classroom was a sixth grade geometry class. This class covered a lot of really neat common core approaches to solving problems and, in particular, emphasized learning through guided exploration and peer-to-peer interaction. My fourth period classroom was a catch-up class that mostly focused on getting comfortable with performing computations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and going back and forth between fractions and decimals. This […]

Tidbits from a Workshop on Communicating Science

By Matthew Andres Moreno on December 8, 2017 in Goings-On / 0 Comments
Tidbits from a Workshop on Communicating Science

Last Friday, I spent the morning at a workshop on scholarly public communication put on by MSU Communications and Brand Strategy. The workshop, which was titled "Communicating Beyond Journals and Peers: An Introduction to Public Communication," was led by Sheril Krishenbaum and John Besley. I had a great time and took a few tidbits away that I thought would be interesting to share here. Strategic Thinking Figure 1 A bad self-introduction. Don’t do this. How do you introduce yourself? No really, I want you to introduce yourself to me. If it would make you more comfortable, I’ll go first. Hi. I’m Matthew. I’m interested in more rigorously understanding how evolution works so that we can use evolution-inspired techniques to solve practical problems. I work with an awesome interdisciplinary community of evolutionary biologists and computer scientists at […]

Javascript Testing on Travis CI with Karma and Mocha

By Emily Dolson on November 24, 2017 in Software Development / 0 Comments
Javascript Testing on Travis CI with Karma and Mocha

When working on large software projects, automated testing dramatically reduces the risk of unknown bugs creeping into your code. That’s why I’m a huge fan of services like Travis CI, that automatically test all code that is pushed to a git repository. However, some code is a lot easier to write automatable tests for than others. Recently, I’ve been working on testing some code that has proved very challenging to test: data visualization code compiled from C++ to Javascript via Emscripten. Now that I’ve got it working, I’m writing this post to document how, in hopes that it will save others a lot of trouble. My ultimate solution was to use the Mocha testing framework and the Karma test runner, but I’m going to start out by talking about a few other things I tried and why they […]

Fall Elementary Science Nights

By Matthew Andres Moreno on November 17, 2017 in Education, Goings-On / 0 Comments

We wrapped up our third elementary science night representing BEACON yesterday. At Marble, Whitehills, and Glencairn schools, members of our lab teamed up with other BEACON friends to share clip birds: learning about how form relates to function by foraging for different-sized seeds with different-sized beaks (i.e. different clothespins) hominid skulls: how do the different skull morphologies relate to function and how can we see differences between organisms? geckos: Travis brought live Crested and Leopard geckos to compare and contrast their adaptations… how can we tell that the geckos came from different environments? giant evolutionary timeline: learning about the different animals that lived across evolutionary time. Thanks to these schools for hosting us and all the families that came to visit! We’re looking forward to more elementary science nights in the spring. Until then, here are […]