Sonja A. Rasmussen, Sonja A. Rasmussen, MD, MS, is presently a clinical geneticist with the Birth Defects and Pediatric Genetics Branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. She received her Bachelor's degree with magna cum laude honors from the University of Minnesota (Duluth) in 1981 and her Master's degree in Medical Genetics from the University of Wisconsin in 1983. She worked as a genetic counselor at the University of Florida from 1983-1986. Dr. Rasmussen received her M.D. degree with honors from University of Florida College of Medicine in 1990.
Experts Debate on Folic Acid: How Much Is Enough? Folic acid fortification of foods, mandated since 1998 in the US, continues to help reduce the incidence of severe birth defects such as spina bifida, according to a study reported in the journal Pediatrics. The study included a look at the effects of folic acid, a B vitamin, on children born toAfrican-American and Hispanic women. "We wanted to see if all racial and ethnic groups are having decreases, or is it only, for example, in one group?" explains study co-author Dr. Sonja Rasmussen, a clinical geneticist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2006 "for their discovery of RNA interference - gene silencing by double-stranded RNA
Andrew Fire wins 2006 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine Award honors work in RNA interference – gene silencing by double-stranded RNA By KRISTA CONGER STANFORD, Calif. — The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet today awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for 2006 to Andrew Fire , PhD, of Stanford University School of Medicine, and Craig C. Mello, PhD, of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, for their discoveries related to RNA interference. "I was very surprised," said Fire, professor of pathology and of genetics, of the early morning phone call from the committee. "At first I thought that maybe they had a wrong number, or that I was dreaming. But I guess it's real.“ Fire was born at Stanford Hospital and raised in Sunnyvale, Calif. He received bachelor’s in mathematics in 1978 from UC-Berkeley.
Here is a short view of mathematics from the movie Little Big League.
This is an example of what mathematics study is not about.
But there is one good piece of advice here.
The problem with this solution with the “formula”
This formula makes no “sense”
Why is this a problem?
Hard to memorize
Not obvious how to generalize to another problem
What if we have 3 painters, each taking 5 hours? The most obvious generalization would be
What does make sense?
For 3 painters
A Few Good Men
t = ordered transfer
p = ordered to leave alone (protect)
Danger (d) only reason given for transfer
d t transfer only if danger
Therefore (contrapositive) Math 3355
not d not t
p not d not t
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Brainy CEO with a Philosophy of Fun Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal - January 6, 2006 by Steve LeBeau Managing Editor http://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/stories/2006/01/09/focus1.html Robert Senkler knows his business from the bottom up, because that's where he started -- as an actuarial trainee 31 years ago. His career path first emerged in second grade when he realized he was a math whiz. He attended the University of Minnesota , Duluth -- partly because it had a great mathematics department, but also because it was close to some family land where he could hunt.
Favorite Career Advice
“ Be something you love and understand.”
Ronnie Van Zant
After Senkler graduated from UMD, he
hired a writing coach
joined Toastmasters to work on his speaking skills.
Writing and speaking matter.
Browse the current books section of the UMD library
Browse barnes and Noble
Take a speech class
Act in a play
It’s OK to fail
It’s not OK to fail to learn
Things you learn on one road can be really helpful on later roads.
Favorite Consulting Advice John Wilder Tukey, Donner Professor Emeritus of Science at Princeton University and one of the most important contributors to the field of statistics, died 26 July 2000 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, following a heart attack. The introduction of new terminology to capture distinctive concepts would become a Tukey trademark. For example, he coined the contraction "bit" for binary digit. Tukey is credited with the first printed use of the word "software" to refer to computer programs; he observed that the software might well prove to become more valuable than the hardware. The saying that " an approximate solution of the exact problem is more useful than the exact solution of an approximate problem " has often been attributed to Tukey.
Understanding the Questions
Take real biology classes
Go to biology and medicine seminars
Work in a biology lab
Take CS classes
Take other computing classes
GIS, Geographic and Information Systems, class
Design a web page
Don’t Do Everything I Suggested
You are better off having
A few good achievements or skills
Rather than many mediocre credits
First Step in Data Analysis
Plot the data!
Cultivate Letters of Recommendation
Get to some faculty to know you well enough that they can write good letters of recommendation
Organize Math Club activity
Consider Graduate School
In statistics and mathematics this is a useful step in
Education (Community Colleges)
Health Care (Mayo Clinic)
You know more and can do more.
Higher level tasks
Consider Graduate School
Owl monitoring system for Minnesota
Mechanics of cross country skiing
Good for communication skills
Consider Graduate School
Choose your classes
Discuss with advisor
Get good grades
Mostly A’s and B’s
Take GRE, Graduate Record Exam
Like ACT or SAT
Take this to have grad school as an option
Cultivate Consideration, Concern, and Compassion “A little love and affection in everything you Will make the world a better place with or without you.” Neil Young Greendale Stop to Smell the Flowers and Dream “You’ve got to have a dream. If you don’t have a dream, How you going to have a dream come true?” South Pacific