Eric’s Enlightenment for Thursday, May 14, 2015

  1. Alcohol kills more people worldwide than HIV, AIDS, violence and tuberculosis combined.
  2. Some crystals don’t recrystallize after heating and cooling, but form amorphous supercooled liquids.  Modifying the molecular structure of diketopyrrolopyrrole using shear forces can induce this type of behaviour.  Here is a video demonstration.  Here is the original paper.
  3. How pyrex was born out of an accident in cooking spongecake 100 years ago.  (Hat Tip: Lauren Wolf)
  4. Check out David Campbell’s graduate statistical computing course at SFU.  It dives into some cool topics in his research that are not always covered in statistical computing, like approximate Bayesian computation and many computational Bayesian methods.

Fall HIV/Antiretroviral Update: Monday, November 18, 2013 – Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel in Vancouver

Please join me to learn more about recent research in all aspects of HIV and AIDS in this one-day seminar!  More information about this event, including the full list of speakers and the titles of their presentations, can be found here.  Here is the description of the event from the web page:

This is an open educational event sponsored by the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS and accredited by the College of Family Physicians of Canada. A light breakfast, lunch and refreshments throughout the day will be provided on site.

Online registration is now closed. If you still wish to register, please send a request to the following e-mail: pwhite@cfenet.ubc.ca

Please note that seating is available for up to 350 people and, therefore, pre-registration is strongly recommended. On-site registration will not be available.

If you will attend this event, please feel free to come up and say “Hello”!

A New Job at the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS

Dear Readers of The Chemical Statistician,

You may have noticed that I have blogged less frequently in the past few months; this has been due to a major change in my career: I recently accepted a new job in the Laboratory Program at the British Columbia Centre for Excellence (BC-CFE) in HIV/AIDS in Vancouver!

Eric Cai - Official Head Shot

A bioinformatician who works in this group recommended me for this position to his supervisors during this past summer.  Having lived in Vancouver before, I have heard a lot about the work that the BC-CFE in HIV/AIDS has done for many years to improve the lives of HIV and AIDS patients and prevent HIV transmission.

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