First thoughts and reflections on Amsterdam and Dublin


I am traveling to collaborate with colleagues in Amsterdam and Dublin. The funding comes from the National Science Foundation. To a program designed to encourage collaboration between European Research Council and the National Science Foundation, I applied for a supplement to an NSF grant. The original grant was on using the Experience Sampling Method to understand the experiences of students in undergraduate computer science and life science classes; the supplement turns the table by introducing the data analytic technique - Bayesian methods - to learners as a tool for them to understand scientific data. The title of the supplement tells some the story of what the focus of the work is: Not only for scientists and engineers: Advancing Bayesian methods for pre-collegiate learners. My department also offered some travel support, for which I am grateful.

One of my favorite parts of my job is having friends and collaborators around the United States and the world. This trip was made special by visits to two friends, one I’ve known for a long time - Leigh Wolf, at University College Dublin, to whom I owe a lot in my professional career, especially my commitment to working in the open, but also how I think about teaching online. I’ve worked with the other friend for nearly a half of a decade to develop the {tidyLPA} R package, Caspar van Lissa, at Utrecht University. I am also meeting a newer colleague, E.J. Wagenmakers, at the University of Amsterdam. So far, I’ve spent some time in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and Dublin, Republic of Ireland. It has been a great trip, though I miss my wife and son abundantly and wish they were here (and, I am thankful for my family spending some time with them and for Katie and Jonah spending time with them while I am here).

I am sharing a few first thoughts and reflections on the two cities. This will, in somewhat typical format here on my blog, a loose list of things.

Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Dublin, the Republic of Ireland

Maybe more reflections will follow, maybe not.