User talk:Kam D. Dahlquist

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Dr. Dahlquist, I would like to know the work ethic that it takes to become a prominent scientist or member to the scientific community? Bobak Seddighzadeh 03:20, 26 January 2010 (EST)Bobak Seddighzadeh

Bobak, scientists work very hard with long hours. One of the difficult things about being a scientist is finding a balance between work and a personal life. Kam D. Dahlquist 21:53, 27 January 2010 (EST)

Hey Dr. Dahlquist, I was wondering what made you decide to become a professor in Biology? --Kristoffer T. Chin 15:48, 20 January 2010 (EST)

Hi Dr. Dahlquist! I was wondering how you decided to become a professor and what drew you to come work at LMU? Amanda N. Wavrin 21:12, 23 January 2010 (EST)

Kris and Amanda, your questions are related, so I'll answer them together. I have always loved school since I was a little kid, and I always admired my teachers. So, I wanted to be a teacher since I was a little kid. Each year I advanced in school, I wanted to teach that grade, so by the time I got to college, I wanted to be a college professor. I went to college at Pomona College, which is a liberal arts college smaller than LMU. I really liked that environment because I'm not just interested in biology, but in other fields such as philosophy, ethics, politics, the arts, etc. I thought that if I could teach at a liberal arts college, I would have more opportunities to interact with colleagues in those fields in addition to teaching and doing research in biology, which I love.
Finding a faculty position involves an element of luck. The colleges and universities that have positions open in your field at the time you are ready to look for a job is a little random. I was lucky there was a position open for someone in my field when I was looking. When I interviewed at LMU, I was impressed by the collegiality and community shown by the faculty and students. I liked how faculty were collaborative in their teaching and research. I enjoyed the time I spent having pizza with the biology students in particular. I'm very glad that I made the decision to come here. Kam D. Dahlquist 22:03, 27 January 2010 (EST)

Hi Dr. Dahlquist, My question is how did you become so good at using computers and websites such as this? J'aime C. Moehlman 19:17, 20 January 2010 (EST)

J'aime, in a word, practice, practice, practice. I am motivated to learn new things because it helps me with my research and teaching. I'm willing to try new things even though it can be uncomfortable at first, especially when I am first learning. I am not afraid of making a mistake or breaking the computer. I try to work with people who know more than me and I pay attention to what they do and try it myself. I first learned how to use MediaWiki about two years ago. Mostly, I just looked at other people's code and used trial and error to figure out how to do stuff. Because I have so much experience now, even with something new, I generally know how to figure things out. As you gain experience, you will be able to learn things faster. So, be willing to learn and don't be afraid to try something new! Kam D. Dahlquist 22:08, 27 January 2010 (EST)

What's up, Dr. Dahlquist? (I had to use a different greeting than the two before me) Anyway, if you could choose one place in the world to live for a year, where would it be and why? --Alex J. George 00:17, 21 January 2010 (EST)

Good Afternoon Dr. Dahlquist, My question is if you were given the opportuinty to switch careers would you do so? And if you would what would it be and why? *Salomon Garcia Valencia 18:27, 23 January 2010 (EST):

Dr. Dahlquist, what is your philosophy of teaching? How has this philosophy changed (if it has) over the course of your career? Janelle N. Ruiz 03:12, 24 January 2010 (EST)

Hello Dr. Dahlquist, I wanted to ask if you hope to center on teach Bioinformatics full time at Loyola if you had a choice. I know that you were a great professor for Cell Function, but i feel as we got into Bioinformatics things got even better and seemed to be a very strong fit. Again, this would be only if it was your choice to fully teach Bioinformatics, or do you prefer teaching both? Kevin A Paiz-Ramirez 9:15 pm, 24 jan 2010 (EST)

Hi Dr. Dahlquist, I was wondering what was your first course that made you so interested in Bioinformatics? Also, what were your strategies in developing your skills? 00:26, 25 January 2010 (EST) Ryan N. Willhite

Hello, Dr. D. What are you favorite and least favorite aspects of having a career in academia? Angela A. Garibaldi 23:47, 25 January 2010 (EST):

Besides the areas of your research (including Bioinformatics, ribosome structure, yeast, etc.) what other aspects of Biology interest you the most? Michael R. Pina 11:19, 26 January 2010 (EST)