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A New Website Theme!

May 13, 2017

One of my projects this year for the website was to migrate to a more modern, clean, and responsive theme. After taking a look at several, I settled on Minimal Mistakes, a commonly-used theme. Don’t let the fact that it’s popular fool you - it off...

Headin’ to the Big Easy

March 13, 2017

This week, I’ll be in New Orleans for the American Physical Society’s annual March Meeting. You can keep up with the action either via the conference hashtag (#apsmarch), or my Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Heading To the Land Down Under

December 09, 2016

Part of being an academic is travel. Often, I travel to attend conferences; last month, I had the opportuntity to travel to visit an institution in Australia. Unlike conference travel, the purpose of this trip was mostly to be able to meet up with...

Book Review: Predictably Irrational

November 18, 2016

Continuing in the vein of reading books about human psychology, I recently finished “Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape Our Decisions”, by Dan Ariely. Ariely is a Professor of of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke. “Pred...

Book Review: Influence

November 02, 2016

If you’re like me, the behavior of other people can sometimes be baffling. How is it that marketing and advertising work so well on us? Why do people choose to do things which, standing as an outsider, we would think they shouldn’t want to do? Or ...