Too Much to Do!

On Blogging: So, my MO has been established: infrequent scattered blog posts. This post though is at least slightly different. I’m in the process now of outlining my quarterly review, and in doing so I have been reminded of just how much has happened in the last few months. It also makes it so I have very little if any excuse not to write something on my blog as I’m…

The Interim

At the end of August, I shared on here news about my new job at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. I also shared a long list of things I hoped to do before I left NYC and some of my feelings about approaching such an exciting/intimidating position. Well, we made it to Boston, and tomorrow is my first real-in-person day at the CfA. Before I get going tomorrow though, I…

Big news (and a long to-do list).

After months of waiting, interviews, and more waiting, I’m ecstatic to share that this October I’ll be starting a new job as the Assistant Head Librarian of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, MA. I’ll be joining the inspiring team at the center’s Wolbach Library and I could not be happier. I don’t think I can adequately express how excited I am about this new opportunity. I grew up…

GitHub and I are Really Tight Now

I won’t even go into why I’ve been away from my site (Ok maybe a little… very busy with work/research, getting ready for my second MS program, and honeymooning [photos!]) but I’ve again been away too long and have a steady backlog of things to write about– not the least of which being a recently attended workshop on mastering Excel’s advanced functions (helloooo non-parametric statistical models) and nearing the end…

Ice, Software Carpentry, and Data Analytics

Ok, I have a bad habit of disappearing for long intervals (from my own site!) but I promise it’s just because I’ve been so busy. Not because I don’t like writing here. I really do like writing here. I have some excellent things to share briefly though and figured even if it’s just a taste of what I’ve been doing, it’s good to put these things down somewhere. There are…

Learning New Skills: Git and Web Development

The other day, I wrote another post for the e-Science Community Blog so I figured it wouldn’t hurt to share it here too. You can read the original version of this most recent post, on the portal here And counter to the guidance I site below to be “single-minded” in my endeavors to learn new skills, as the weather has gotten colder, I have begun eating lunch at my desk– as such…

Research updates, and how I geeked out over purposive sampling

In my last few posts, I’ve eluded to the process I’m currently steeped in regarding my current research project on data literacy in biomedical research environments. I documented a bit of my writing process for my updated proposal on a blog created as part of my participation in the Institute for Research Design in Librarianship (IRDL) and have come leaps and bounds since my last update. First, the proposal got finished!…

Avoiding my blog all summer was a bad idea.

Since my last post in June, so much has happened it’s difficult to know where to start. But I need to start somewhere, so I’m going to begin by outlining the things that I will be posting about in the next week or so: Data Literacy Research Study Design and the Time Consuming Mess that is Completing an IRB Protocol (… will need a shorter title) Using REDCap to manage a Systematic…

The Institute for Research Design in Librarianship

A few months ago I was accepted into a program called The Institute for Research Design in Librarianship, and after much ado, I am finally in Los Angeles participating as a scholar in the inaugural class.  I wrote a bit about getting accepted a few months ago in another blog post, but here I’m going to elaborate a bit. The goal of the Research Institute is to provide new researchers…

New Experiences with Teaching- Computational Methods in Health Informatics

I am currently sitting in an apartment in Los Angeles, California (first time to the west coast!) feeling exhausted after my first day participating as a research scholar at the Institute of Research Design in Librarianship at Loyola Marymount University. I described the institute in another post when I was first accepted, and I am positive I will have much more to write on this whole experience as I go…