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bio website sciruby.com
location Morgantown, WV
age 30
visits member for 1 year, 11 months
seen Jul 9 at 17:17

I work in the West Virginia University Applied Space Exploration Lab. It's pretty much my dream job.

I used to work in bioinformatics. My Ph.D. is in Cell & Molecular Biology (2013), from the University of Texas at Austin. I use Ruby for writing tools for that, as well as for community organizing.

I'm also a computer scientist by training (Virginia Tech Class of 2007), and am fluent in C++ and C.

I am most comfortable in UNIX/Linux; I'm a Mac user and an Ubuntu person. In addition to Ruby, C, and C++, I am decent at Python.

Oh, and I'm the director of the SciRuby Project! Check us out. Sciruby.com. I'm currently working on writing NMatrix, a numeric matrix extension for Ruby in C. It should go beta fairly soon, which is very exciting.


Jan
26
comment Forced air system blowing cold air through bedroom vents, hot through the rest
Well, I'm going to check your answer as correct because it's a good one. But the landlord has decided he's not going to renew my lease (for no reason that he's communicated to me), so it looks like it won't be my problem for much longer. Thanks.
Jun
3
comment How can I build a screen door?
I actually did find it to be of use! If I said something rude, I apologize. Could you please put it back?
Jun
1
comment How many vent stacks should a house have?
I believe there is such a valve under the sink. It's not very efficient -- grey water backs up into the dishwasher when the sink gets too full. Looping the dishwasher hose does not help.
May
22
comment What could cause an under-sink reverse osmosis filter to have low pressure?
OH! Wow. That explains a lot. Okay, I depressurized it down to below what my bike pump could measure (<10Lbs). Was still hissing, but only a little bit. It looks like there's already flow through the filter faucet. I'll try again in the morning.
May
22
comment What could cause an under-sink reverse osmosis filter to have low pressure?
Yes. Replaced the membrane along with the filters.
May
20
comment How many vent stacks should a house have?
It turned out that roofers apparently cut off one of the vents in the wall just beneath the attic floor. It took forever to find and we had to tear out a closet wall to fix it. The kitchen sink has no vent at all, so dirty water backs up into the dishwasher a lot. Running the disposal helps.
Aug
1
comment How many vent stacks should a house have?
The faint line would be from where the previous owner didn't use the right color of paint. (Did you look at the picture?)
Aug
1
comment Why do the oven and burners work but the pilot light won't ignite?
@BMitch, they had also turned off the main valve for the oven/stove. There was no reason to turn off the pilot valves.
Aug
1
comment How many vent stacks should a house have?
Could this be the former location of a stack pipe? There's a faint line running up the wall, and it's about three feet from the kitchen sink. imgur.com/MLWqe
Aug
1
comment Why do the oven and burners work but the pilot light won't ignite?
It took a while, but I found the manual on Whirlpool's website. There's no thermocouple, as far as I can tell -- looks like the gas company turned off the pilot light valves for some reason, who knows why. So I was able to fix the stove, at least. Unfortunately, I can't figure out how to turn the oven pilot light back on -- the directions are totally unclear.
Jul
31
comment Why do the oven and burners work but the pilot light won't ignite?
They turned off the gas because we had a corrugated gas pipe going through a wall elsewhere in the house. It wasn't related to the oven. I tried pushing in all the buttons for a good forty seconds, but no luck.
Jul
31
comment Why do the oven and burners work but the pilot light won't ignite?
They are not. It's an older appliance. Once the gas is turned on, we were able to light the burners with a lighter, but not the pilot lights. There just doesn't appear to be any gas flow to them at all -- nor to the one for the oven, even when we push the oven knob.