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(Pre-)Applying for a Pew Foundation Scholars Program

Posted by Paul Macklin

28 September 2007 at 12:10 PM CDT (UTC +?)

I'm pre-applying for the Pew Foundation Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences Program, a program dedicated to fostering the research careers for young innovators who are willing to take risks on creative approaches to human health. The UT Health Science Center is only allowed to nominate one application, so I have to make it past the internal selection panel first. Regardless of the outcome, I'm gratefulfor the opportunity to practice my writing skills for a more general medical audience, as well as to formulate and sharpen our research goals for our new collaboration with the Corey lab at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. So, back to work! :-) -- Paul

Giving Two Talks in Nebraska in November

Posted by Paul Macklin

2 September 2007 at 4:19 PM CDT (UTC +?)

I'm very excited to be giving my first two (post-PhD) invited talks at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in November. I'll present some of my recent cancer modeling and simulation research at the mathematical biology seminar on Thursday, November 15th at 2:30pm, and I'll give a talk on the current state of integrative cancer modeling at the mathematical department colloquium at 4:00pm on Friday, November 16th. I'm grateful to Allan Donsig for his invitation and gracious support and advice. -- Paul

Website is Live!

Posted by Paul Macklin

21 August 2007 at 9:55 AM CDT (UTC +?)

Thanks to some great work by David Ha at SHIS, my research page is up and accessible to the outside world. Hello, world. :-)

We'll use the PHP code that I'm testing and finalizing here as the basis of our Cristini Lab website in the coming weeks. Sandeep Sanga has already done some great development work on the content of that new site, so hopefully we should have something up an running very soon.

Work is accelerating in a very good way here. As you can see from my collaborators page, I'm getting involved in an increasing number of projects in cooperation with UTHSC-H and the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. So far, things are exciting and good!

Getting Settled at UTHSC-H

Posted by Paul Macklin

9 August 2007 at 11:31 PM CDT (UTC +?)

Well, I've been here about a week, and I'm starting to get settled here at the School of Health Information Sciences here at UTHSC-H. I've met with several of my new colleagues to discuss several exciting projects that are either ongoing or will be started soon. I'll update my research projects page as soon as it's appropriate. However, even after just a few days here, I can see that this is an exhilarating environment, and I hope to work here for some time to come

The support staff at SHIS have been terrific, and I even have the future (now defunct and past // Edit on 19 Feb 2011) URL for this website: This is my first web address that doesn't involve a "tilde" (other than our family's undeveloped personal site). How cool is that?! :-)

So, this should be a wild ride, and I'll look forward to updating this news feed! -- Paul

New U. Texas Website Nearly Complete!

Posted by Paul Macklin

22 July 2007 at 10:43 PM PDT (UTC +?)

I've spent some spare time here and there over the past couple of weeks updating my website. I'm shooting for a neat and clean look as much as possible, with a University of Texas color scheme. I'm also trying to automate maintenance as much as possible. To that end, my menus are now specified as an XML file that's parsed by some PHP code. This means that if I want to change the menu layout, I only have to change one file, rather than every file. As usual, all CSS, HTML, PHP, and RSS is hand-crafted in a simple text editor and is w3c standards-compliant :-). I'm also working on improving my CSS for non-screen media, particularly for clean, black & white printing.

I'm also experimenting with new technology. I spent a few days learning how to create compliant RSS 2.0 news feeds. Anybody who's interested can now subscribe to a publications feed or a research news feed. These feeds are also automated: some PHP code parses the same XML files that I use to store data for my news and publications pages.

Aside from my multimedia page, the new infrastructure for the site is now nearly in place. After that, I'll be ready to finalize the menu and site layout, as well as fill in content. I may also add a brief news summary on the main index page, as I did on old webpage. It's been fun to start nearly from scratch on web design to incorporate new technology along with a clean, modern look.

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