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Date registered: May 14, 2011

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  1. FDA Validation of a PCR Test: Run Control Specification Part 5/n — December 11, 2018
  2. FDA Validation of a PCR Test: Limit of Detection (LoD) Part 7/n — December 4, 2018
  3. FDA Validation of a PCR test: Analytical Specificity Part 3 / * — November 27, 2018
  4. FDA Validation of a PCR test: Pre-processing data Part 2 / n — November 27, 2018
  5. FDA Validation of Companion Diagnostic (PCR test) – Part 1 / n — November 27, 2018

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Lighting a Path Forward

About 2 years ago, I accidentally wrote a children’s book. (Accidentally is a strange word: rather, I never intended to write a children’s book, but when an idea sticks with me, the only way to get it out of my head is to do it.) My significant other is part of a company that makes …

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There’s No Glass Ceiling if you Leave the Room

My friends have been asking me why I resigned from my current job, with no job lined up. It started when ants found their way into our home. I could see a solid trail of ants determinedly racing towards a destination (turns out someone had spilled soda underneath the fridge). The ants looked something like …

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Reverse engineering contingency (2×2) table from Odds Ratio (OR)

Given the odds ratio (OR), we will calculate the individual cells in the contingency table (a,b,c,d). In yellow, I’ve highlighted what is known. a,b,c, and d are unknown and what we want to calculate. Odds Ratio = (a/c) / (b/d) Cases Controls Total Exposed a b total_exposed (a+b) Unexposed c d total_unexposed(c+d) Total total_cases(a+c) total_controls(b+d) …

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Alzheimer’s book: 100 Simple Things You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer’s and Age-Related Memory Loss

The book “100 Simple Things You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer’s and Age-Related Memory Loss” was written in 2010. You can find all of the advice on the Internet, and in more succinct terms. The author Jean Carper lists “100 actions” you can take to prevent Alzheimer’s. Each action is written as a chapter. My …

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Alzheimer’s Books: Tangles and The Little Girl in the Radiator

I read two books on Alzheimer’s from the caretaker’s perspective: The Little Girl in the Radiator Tangles Tangles and The Little Girl in the Radiator are written from the perspective of the caregiver. Tangles is written by Sarah Leavitt about her mother. The main caretaker is her father. In The Little Girl in the Radiator, …

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ApoE4 and increased risk of Alzheimer’s

My significant other (SO) has a good chance of getting Alzheimer’s, based on his family history and genetics (he’s ApoE4 homozygous). We discovered this when he got his DNA tested. So my goal (that sounds really ambitious – maybe I should say “aim”? Trying again…) My aim is to find preventive measures for Alzheimer’s, specifically …

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Choosing the Right College

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Is it worth paying more for a “top 10” school? You get accepted to a private school / Ivy League that will cost a fortune. You’re also accepted by a public university which doesn’t have as good a reputation but costs much less. Does it matter which one you choose? One factor in your decision …

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Is going to college worth it?

College is expensive. Students are graduating with massive debts that take the rest of their lives to pay off. Is it worth it? Bill Gates and Steve Jobs never graduated from college, so perhaps a college degree isn’t even necessary. But are Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckenberg, and Joi Ito rarities in this world, …

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Mining Wikipedia paper at ICWSM 2012

Yay! My paper entitled “What Britney Spears and Kobe Bryant Have in Common: Mining Wikipedia for Characteristics of Notable Individuals” was accepted at ICWSM 2012The pdf can be downloaded here: Mining Wikipedia For Characteristics of Notable Individuals.pdfSo what do Britney and Kobe have in common? They’re both successful, and my research shows that having a …

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Names and Birth States Found Frequently in Wikipedia

Oprah Winfrey, a successful person with an uncommon name. Bill Gates , Microsoft founder and philanthropist. Born as William Gates, but everyone calls him Bill. What makes a person successful? As parents, we try to make the best choices to help our children become successful and happy. One of the first things that we decide …

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