User talk:Kam D. Dahlquist

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What is your favorite thing about teaching this class? Alison S King (talk) 15:46, 19 January 2019 (PST)

  • This class is about one of my main research topics, so it is near and dear to my heart! Kam D. Dahlquist (talk) 16:37, 23 January 2019 (PST)

What advice can you give to improve presentation skills? Leannekuwahara (talk) 16:32, 19 January 2019 (PST)

  • I actually have lots of advice, which we will learn about in this course. In brief, writing slides is just like writing a paper, you need to plan it out, revise, proofread to make them better and better. For delivery, you need to practice, practice, practice, until you are so comfortable with the material of the presentation that you can deliver it conversationally and confidently. We will talk about this later in the course. Kam D. Dahlquist (talk) 16:39, 23 January 2019 (PST)

What originally sparked your interest for biomathematical modeling?Austindias (talk) 11:14, 20 January 2019 (PST)

  • I'm not sure I can remember exactly when I got interested, but in graduate school, I went to a talk by Stuart Kauffman on gene regulatory network modeling (with cellular automata and boolean networks) when I was a grad student at UC Santa Cruz. He is at the Santa Fe Institute for Complex Systems and his work really intrigued me. There was a long incubation time, though, because I didn't start the modeling project until I came to LMU. Kam D. Dahlquist (talk) 16:47, 23 January 2019 (PST)

Is there any certain thing that you often see on students resumes or user pages that you think should not be included? Or vice versa? Any tips on how to create a resume that stands out? Avalekander (talk) 14:41, 20 January 2019 (PST)

  • Sometimes students put stuff that I think is a little too personal and not professional enough, like links to humorous websites that not everyone might think is funny, or pictures that are not really professional (vacation pictures or wearing clothing that doesn't look professional to me). I think you should be a little conservative in what you share on this site and keep it to professional stuff. There are other venues for sharing personal stuff. &mdash Kam D. Dahlquist (talk) 16:50, 23 January 2019 (PST)

Besides the ability to learn how to use and create an online notebook, how has OpenWetWare assisted your research and teaching style?Desireegonzalez (talk) 18:55, 21 January 2019 (PST)

  • OWW is really convenient for posting protocols for wet lab or dry lab experiments, especially since it keeps track of versions and is dated. It makes everything easy to update and to share. I also would not have considered creating my own course websites without it because of the time it would take. However, editing the wiki is easier than doing a whole website from scratch. Kam D. Dahlquist (talk) 16:52, 23 January 2019 (PST)

What is the most interesting bio-related thing that you've done? Falghane (talk) 19:44, 21 January 2019 (PST)

  • It's actually the research project that we are starting off with in this class! I waited a long time in my career before I became a professor and could design my own research program, so this is most interesting to me. I hope it will be interesting for you, too! Kam D. Dahlquist (talk) 16:54, 23 January 2019 (PST)

Can you relate your research to this class ? As in showing us your models EdwardRyanTalatala (talk) 11:08, 23 January 2019 (PST)

  • The first project we are going to do in this class is actually the model that Dr. Fitzpatrick and I developed together. Stay tuned! Kam D. Dahlquist (talk) 16:57, 23 January 2019 (PST)

Do you have any tips on how to not feel overwhelmed taking a course like this? User:Briannansamuels (talk) 15:19, 23 January 2019 (PST)

  • Breathe. Remember from Cell Function, "Slow and steady wins the race." Do a little bit at a time and ask lots of questions. Breathe. There are no exams, just the wiki and presentations. So, if you keep up with the work, you will be fine, really. Breathe. :) Kam D. Dahlquist (talk) 16:57, 23 January 2019 (PST)

Is there a model you have created during your career that you are most proud of? If so, what is it? Angela C Abarquez (talk) 21:01, 23 January 2019 (PST)

  • You all will be working on the gene regulatory network model that Dr. Fitzpatrick and our students have been developing for over 10 years now. We continue to refine it, so it's getting better and better. We had some interesting results last semester that showed our model is better than a random model, so that was really exciting. Kam D. Dahlquist (talk) 14:51, 24 January 2019 (PST)