New for Spring 2011: CS177 Scientific Computing

The Computer Science department will be offering a new course this semester, CS177 Introduction to Scientific Computing, taught by Prof. Tim Hickey.  The course has no prerequisites and is designed for Science students interested in learning how to use Matlab and other tools to analyze data and simulate physical systems. It meets MWT 9-10 and there is still room for more students. The first part of the course will be an introduction to the lingua franca of the Scientific programming community:  Matlab/Octave. No programming background is assumed or required. The second part of the course will cover the use of Matlab/Octave to solve a variety of scientific problems using various techniques including statistical analysis, curve fitting, optimization, ordinary and partial differential equation solving, image processing, SVD and other matrix factorizations, 2d and 3d plotting. Students will also learn to use  a number of tools for collaboration and dissemination of scientific results including LaTeX for scientific papers, GIT for source code sharing, google docs for shared editing and google sites for dissemination of results. For more info see the course website

Quantitative Biology Bootcamp 2011

The 5th Annual Quantitative Biology Bootcamp will be held on January 16 & 17, 2011.  Paul Miller will preside over the 2nd annual QB Computational Challenge:  When space trumps time: modeling dynamic spatial patterns with Matlab. This year’s panel discussion topic is “Writing interdisciplinary papers. What to do. What not to do.”  We’re delighted to announce the HHMI Interfaces Scholar award went to Adelajda Zorba (Kern lab).  Adelajda was selected from among several exceptional submissions this year.  The topic is HIV-1 assembly.

Members of the Brandeis community are invited to attend. If you are interested, please contact Trisha Murray no later than Jan. 4, 2011.

The Changing Face of Science Reflected in Exciting New Courses

Exciting advances in science are reflected in at least 9 new courses to be offered by the Division of Science. From epigenetics to medicinal enzymology to stem cells to MATLAB, these courses will expose students to some of the frontiers of new knowledge in science.

Details of the courses offered can be found on the following pages

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