An interview with Adam Kruchten, a Renaissance scholar of the highest calibre

Meandering through information from different disciplines is difficult for anyone - be them a scientist, philosopher, or anything else. On his website and in this interview, we'll take a look at how Adam Kruchten learned to figure out what guided him in his passions and how he applies both scientific and philosophical thinking to understanding statistics.

Exploring neuroimaging using machine learning

Neuroimaging, ways of understanding how the brain produces images, produces sets of data that are high-dimensional and complicated. Ways of interpreting this data provides the means for understanding how the brain encodes and decodes images. In this context, encoding refers to predicting the imaging data given external variables, such as stimuli descriptors and decoding refers to learning a model that predicts behavioral or phenotypic variables from fMRI data. With the way these models can be learned and predicted, supervised machine learning methods can be used to decode images to relate brain images to behavioral or clinical observations. Sci-kit learn can be used for this analysis in making predictions that can be cross-validated.

SeqAcademy: An educational pipeline for RNA-Seq and ChIP-Seq analysis

I'm proud to announce the launch of, a website to teach others RNA-Seq and ChIP-Seq analysis even with no prior programming experience.

Science capturing the public's imagination

"Everyone should have a deep understanding of science." It seems like a lofty ideal. While it's one thing for the general public to respect scientists for their work, it's another to ask them to understand it on a deep level. As scientists and science writers share knowledge with others, we get a glimpse into their minds. Communicators like Neil deGrasse Tyson popularize astrophysics in such a way that the audience feels at ease with scientific jargon or conversations of the universe. In his new book "Astrophysics for People in a Hurry," he promises this level of conversation for a non-scientific audience. Everyone develops a kind of understanding similar to theirs, and it's more of a shared appreciation than a test of intelligence.

Finding treasure at the NIH

View from my bedroom window
I sipped dark coffee while I stared out the window of the bedroom in my apartment. I could see the National Library of Medicine, the National Cancer Institute, and other buildings in the background. Like an eagle perched on a branch, I gazed at the landscape before me. Surrounding the buildings were green trees, concrete paths, and faces of people on the edge of scientific research. This would be the National Institutes of Health, the place I would call home for the next two years.

An interview with Cadence Bambenek, a creative soul mixing her love of words and science

Cadence Bambenek is a lover of words and dystopian novels. Her experience at newspapers has lead her to current position Psychology Today. Her work can be found on her website, and, in this interview, we'll chat about what makes her amazing.

An interview with Anne McGovern, a bookworm unveiling the mysterious nature of science

In a world of growing distrust of statistics, empiricism, and academic authority, Anne McGovern never stops learning. In her writing career, including book reviews and science stories, she has understood the globalized culture of science and how to put difficult ideas in ways everyone can understand. The entirety of her work can be found on her website. In this interview, we'll discuss her voice she has honed since childhood.