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Boot Camps Promise PhDs Fast Track to a Data Science Career

Ph.D.s: Want a month of all-expenses-paid training, with a six-figure job waiting for you when you're done? That's what a new crop of "data-science boot camps" offer -- for those who qualify. (Online-only article.)

Article as it appeared on the web
Date of publication: 
Thu, 10/30/2014

Video for "Scene Understanding by Labeling Pixels"

Videojournalism about algorithms that help computers recognize objects within an image, and undestand the scene itself.

Screenshot of the video as it appears on Vimeo
Date of publication: 
Mon, 10/27/2014

Waiting for the Smart Grid

The "smart" electric grid has held great promise for 15 years, but it's not always been clear how deeply it's penetrated our infrastructure -- or what benefits it's delivered. This article summarizes the current state of smart-grid technology, who's implemented it, and where improvements are likely to appear. Online only.

Article as it appeared on the web
Date of publication: 
Thu, 10/02/2014

Video for "Moving Portraits"

Videojournalism about turning photo collections into movie-like "Face Movies", via a system that's been incorporated into Google's Picasa photo program. (Many thanks to guest interviewer Teresa Meek.)

Screenshot of the video as it appears on Vimeo
Date of publication: 
Fri, 08/22/2014

Computing's Narrow Focus May Hinder Women's Participation

I was afraid to work on this article about the gender gap in computing because it's a topic surrounded by dogma, strong feelings, and poorly conceived statistics. As a result, most coverage on it is timid and shallow. But I think the hours of interviewing and research paid off. I'm happy with how it turned out. Online-only.

It's gotten lots of coverage:

Article as it appeared on the web
Date of publication: 
Mon, 08/18/2014

Does Bitcoin Matter?

A blog post to support my course, "Up and Running with Bitcoin".

Screenshot of blog post
Date of publication: 
Mon, 08/11/2014

Video for "Efficient Maximum Flow Algorithms"

Videojournalism about the applications of, and solutions to, the "maximum-flow/minimum-cut" problem, which affects surprisingly diverse fields. As before, I did most of this, with the help of two shooters.

Screenshot of video as it appears on Vimeo
Date of publication: 
Thu, 07/24/2014

Drupal in Context column: Does Coding Matter?

A column for Volume 3, Issue 2 of "Drupal Watchdog", the print magazine distributed at the semi-annual DrupalCon. This one describes how to get Drupal to do what you want, despite having no knowledge of Drupal's main languages, PHP and JavaScript.

Front cover of the print edition in which this article appeared
Date of publication: 
Sun, 09/01/2013

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