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(Week 7) Now We’re Getting Somewhere… Literally!

There's not a whole lot to say on the social side of things, other than that I participated in a bake-off last night (great dessert - cinnamon apple crumble - but it didn't win). Oh, and that I went exploring the campus and watched the sunset with some of the other REU students - hearing … Continue reading (Week 7) Now We’re Getting Somewhere… Literally!

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(Week 6) Uncertain Certainties? Certainly.

This week was a blizzard of bug fixing and board games. Us CS folks really got into the latter this week, especially a popular one called "Catan." Basically, there's this island on which we place settlements, roads, and cities using resources that we've mined from specific tiles, which, in a cool kind of twist, are … Continue reading (Week 6) Uncertain Certainties? Certainly.

(Week 4) Crash courses? Maybe?

It's mind-blowing that I've been here a month. I'm already feeling despair at the thought of the looming and alarmingly fast-approaching home stretch of my time here in Harrisonburg and, I'll admit, I would have preferred to do more with the other REU fellows outside of our respective programs. The cool thing, though, is that the ASL interpreters here … Continue reading (Week 4) Crash courses? Maybe?

(Week 3) Mobile Detection for the Onset of Dementia

This past Saturday, some of the math and CS REU folks (myself included) took a trip into D.C. Since I'm basically a NoVA native who's a hop, skip, and a metro ride away from the place and my grandparents often have former foreign exchange students and their families visit them here in the U.S., I've … Continue reading (Week 3) Mobile Detection for the Onset of Dementia

(Week 2) Mobile Detection for the Onset of Dementia

Much more has happened this week than last week. For example, I got really hooked on java, in addition to getting hooked on Java. So much so that during my most recent trip to the local Walmart, a 15-pack of iced vanilla frappucinos managed to find its way into my cart and follow me home … Continue reading (Week 2) Mobile Detection for the Onset of Dementia

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(Week 1) Mobile Detection for the Onset of Dementia

I'll be honest, here: I've never conducted undergraduate research before, so coming in, I didn't exactly know what to expect. All I could imagine was had a fairly vague picture of a stereotypical old professor dude and his young mentee sitting in a dimly lit 20th-century-style study, intently bent over the scrambled documents on his … Continue reading (Week 1) Mobile Detection for the Onset of Dementia