I have accepted and begun working as the Director of the Center for Environmental Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. The Center is a chartered research center whose mission is to… Well, do whatever I think it will do to produce the best research and educational opportunities for our undergraduate and graduate students. We train applied scientists.
The Center has about 10 FTE faculty, a lot of which are shared among groups (e.g., half biology/half CES, half business/half CES, etc.) and several quality adjunct instructors. We have about 250 undergraduates, 40 Masters-level graduate students in the program, and several individuals with Ph.D. students in the Integrative Life Sciences program.
As part of a class in Landscape Genetics, faculty (mostly done by Melanie Murphy and Jeffrey Evans) compiled an extensive list of spatial data sources. These were made available on the course website we hosted but I wanted to make a more persistent copy of them here so they will not be lost. They are listed below the break.
I just ran across an R package that allows you to integrate your R workflow into the Slack environment. Really cool. Below I show how to set it up and to post output of your analyses to slack channels for your team as well as to register notifications.
I was experiencing a bit of a problem with some conflicting files on google drive and a github repository. I mirror my google drive as my Documents folder and on occassion, I am logged into more than one machine at a time and if you work on the same files without saving, they result in a conflict. I notice this when I got the message.
Office-iMac:gstudio rodney$git pull
fatal:Reference has invalid format:'refs/heads/master[Conflict 1]'
OK, so I just ‘found‘ shiny and it has a lot of cool stuff to it. OK, I’ve known about it for a long time but have just had the opportunity to sit down and work it out and see how it can fit into the presentation and learning I’m trying to develop in my Applied Population Genetics online textbook. Here is a brief overview of how I set up the shiny server on my Ubuntu box that is hosting the book (so I can embed more interactivity in the display).
You’re about to be told one more time that you’re America’s most valuable natural resource. Have you seen what they do to valuable, natural resources? Have you seen a strip mine? Have you seen a clear-cut in a forest? Have you seen a polluted river? Don’t ever let them call you a valuable natural resource! They’re gonna strip mine your soul! They’re gonna clear-cut your best thoughts for the sake of profit, unless you learn to resist, ‘cause the profit system follows the path of least resistance, and following the path of least resistance is what makes the river crooked!
Environmental Research Advisory Committee meeting
Virginia Transportation Research Council
The spring meeting of the VDOT ERAC is this week and Bonnie and I will be going to provide some feedback on what we’ve been doing on the project the last two months (it is pretty early yet, we are just getting going). Should be fun, lots of cool other projects being presented. See the slides below the fold.
Congratulations to the latest member of the PhD club, Dr. Cathy Viverette! Today, she became the 14th graduate student to graduate from the lab and the very first doctoral student. Take a break, relax, and then let’s get to those revisions! ;-).