Skype Interview with Colin Bucks

I have been recording some of the lectures by Professor Siegel in his Humans and Viruses course.  ”Dr. Bob” had also taught a SOCO course in  September called “Viruses in the News”, which dovetailed with the moment the Ebola epidemic entered the 24 hour news cycle, so it was not surprising that updates to the story became a topic of conversation in his two quarter seminar.  He has taught this course for decades,even had illustrious guests like Paul Berg and Linus Pauling come speak to his students in the early days, but now he can Skype in guests more easily.

Photos from Berkeley’s Visit to the ATS Program

Our guests

  • Quinn Dombrowski, DH Coordinator (Research IT)
  • Patrick Schmitz, Associate Director for Architecture & Development (Research IT)
  • Aaron Culich, Cloud Computing Architect / Berkeley Research Computing Community Coordinator (Research IT)
  • Camille Villa, former Digital Research Assistant (Research IT)
  • Harrison Dekker (Head, Library Data Lab)

The Big Picture and the Long View

Specialists…we live in an age of specialists. Stanford is a land of specialists. We ATSs have it right in the acronym. Specialization is what you need to do groundbreaking research, to keep complex systems running, to fix tough problems quickly.

Reflections on the ATS Program

Recently, the ATS team came together to answer the question: What is our value to Stanford? The Program is quite unique in that we report through the Library, but we have our offices and spend the majority of our time (officially 80%) within the unit (department, program, or center) where we are assigned. This is an unusual but wildly successful program. How does it work? What makes it successful?  We identified eight themes and each wrote individually on one of those themes with the assumption that no single theme could capture the program as a whole. Instead the set of posts together draw a picture of the program that is more than merely the sum of the individual posts.

On Accountability

Each one of us regularly produces written summaries of our day-to-day activities that serve as evidence for our productivity.  Below is a word cloud of my bi-weekly reports for the past year.