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Name: Jennifer Steinbachs
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Computational biologist at Chicago's Dead Animal Zoo -er, The Field Museum (Home of the world's largest, most complete Tyrannosaurus rex, brought to you by McDonald's and Disney).

Researchers use a combination of morphological (e.g., bone length) and molecular (e.g., DNA sequences) data to reconstruct the possible phylogenetic (evolutionary) relationships between and among their study organisms.

To facilitate their analyses, I was hired to oversee the design and installation of our high performance computer cluster. We use a variety of programs on this system - from alignment programs like clustalW to phylogeny programs like Paup*. Frustratingly, none of the programs with broad applications take advantage of the 64-bit operating systems nor do they take advantage of SMP hardware.

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Interesting (weird?) behavior today... The speed with which my Bayesian analysis runs seems to be dependent on the random seed. I think a few more inference runs are necessary to verify...

My teaching skills seem to be in great demand. I'll be team-teaching a course at UIC next semester (biological data analysis) and now I've been asked to participate in UChicago's CS bioinformatics course again.

Time to find a random number generator to put together some random data sets for the next stage of the Drosophila mitochondrial genome analysis.

Almost finished revising manuscript for PSB2001. Submitted (functional, but not perfect) latex2e style file for the PSB ftp site.

Highest priority for the next day or two goes to the task of reading... Tom Clancy's most recent novel, that is.

Busy busy busy

Revising paper for PSB2001 (Hawaii in January is lovely)... and converting it from StarOffice to LaTeX. Trying to get R-1.1.1 installed to clean up the graphs.

Planning an NSF grant on genome analysis...

Running a Bayesian tree estimation program on some cool plant sequences.

Watched Paup* continue eating RAM while it chunks away on Shannon's analysis - running for 300+ hours, now half-way finished.

Finally completed forms for change of postdoc advisor.


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