Episode 32: Code Reproducibility and Open Source

October 19, 2013
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Listen to the podcast The panel discussion  in episode 32 raises the importance of code reproducibility for scientific work. Open source software is a great contributor towards that end. The panel gives examples related to those issues from perspectives: spaceflight engineering, healthcare modeling, and nuclear engineering. On today’s show our hosts include: Jacob Barhak (special […]

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Thence Flash, Thither UW

June 2, 2013
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Life Update I am not really sure where to post this, so I have decided that inSCIght is as good a place as any. Due to our current funding round coming up during the sequester,  the Flash Center is currently scaling back to focus on its core mission.  So my job as a Research Scientist at […]

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The Shining: Panda Edition

January 19, 2013
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Or, Adventures in CI Py. As some of you may know I help run an open source nuclear engineering project called PyNE.  It is awesome, and complicated.  It isn’t complicated because it is nuclear related.  It is complicated because we provide C++ and Python APIs (which are idiomatic to each language) and data.  We also have the […]

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Passive Reproducibility: It’s Not You, It’s Me

November 29, 2012
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The ICERM workshop on Reproducibility in Computational and Experimental Mathematics at Brown University is coming up in a couple of  weeks.  Prior to this, they invited all participants to submit a short position paper “…to express [our] thoughts on issues concerning reproducibility…”  I couldn’t pass up the opportunity.  I hope you enjoy my submission (below). Dear […]

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Episode 31: Scientific Grand Challenges

November 3, 2012
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Listen to the podcast On episode 31, we discuss “Scientific Grand Challenges”– a new, rigorous approach to evaluation of algorithms and methods. A Grand Challenge consists of a set of data used as input to a problem of interest, and participants apply their algorithm to that data in a blinded manner. Participant results are evaluated […]

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A Big Challenge From an inSCIght Guest

October 31, 2012
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Sumana Harihareswara brought the fun to Episode 27: Ladies Who Learn And Code. Now, she’s bringing a big challenge to the geek community.  Sumana and her partner,  Leonard Richardson have pledged to support the Ada Initiative with a generous, $10,000 donation matching challenge. From Valerie Aurora’s Geek Feminism post on the topic : Sumana is a joyful, passionate […]

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Episode 30: Check Please!

September 3, 2012
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Listen to the podcast On episode 30, we talked about code review. We had a lovely chat with a few Kitware software development experts who gave very informed perspectives on the efficacy of various methods of code review. We also talked about a piece of code review facilitation software called Gerrit. This episode addresses obstacles […]

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