Preparing a Data Science Curriculum

In just under a week, we will officially launch a new major, in Data Science, at Luther College. I've spent a pretty good part of my summer preparing the first two classes of that major, and as I look back on it its been an interesting experience.

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Runestone Summer Review Part I

With just about 10 days until classes start, my focus must switch to prep, teaching, and the inevitable committee and faculty meetings. But I wanted to take some time to document a few highlights of the summer. One of the biggest highlights is a redesigned instructor interface for Runestone, that ...

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The flood of 2016

We were sitting on the screen porch last night watching the storm roll in. In this case the 'we' was the computer science department. There is nothing like watching the lighting show at a distance. Just as the first person was getting ready to leave, the downpour hit. The consensus ...

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Super Slow Motion Butterfly

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Sitting on the deck yesterday, we noticed this butterfly hard at work. Polinating the flowers like crazy. So I grabbed my phone and set it to super slow motion and shot a few seconds of this hard worker.

Today, as a break from coding, I trimmed it up a bit ...

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What is Runestone Interactive

Runestone Interactive started out as a moment of clarity, with a vision of how I wanted to write textbooks. Over the last five years it has evolved and changed in unexpected ways. Even amongst people who care about this project a lot it was hard to pin down a way ...

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Wrapping up the RV Adventure

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We are on I-94 heading across North Dakota today, the amount of road construction almost makes us long for Hwy 2 in Montana. Our anticipated day of uninterrupted four lane travel has been marred numerous times already by lane closures that stretch on for 12 miles apiece. We are hoping ...

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The Hike to Iceberg Lake

Ptarmigan Falls

We were just passed Ptarmigan Falls on our way back down when from behind me I heard, "Oh Crap!!" I thought Brian must have hurt himself so I asked "What's wrong?" He said "I just remembered I have the keys to the RV!" Uh Oh! I thought, Jane and ...

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Slow Down You're Movin too Fast

Grinnell Lake and Glcier

"Slow Down!" Ok, this was not delivered in the sing-songy spirit of the Simon and Garfunkel hit by the same name. Despite the fact that I was only going 15 miles per hour, apparently it was uncomfortable to those in the back. I'm not surprised as it was not ...

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Tie Your RV Down

MacDonalds Lodge As we got in the car to head over to the hot tub at the KOA in St. Mary's Montana, I pointed to the rope tied to the rear view mirror of the RV and the picnic table. I said it looks like we tied the RV to the ...

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Taking a Break on a Rainy Afternoon

Bow Lake Reflection

"A clean underwear!" came the shout from the bedroom of the RV. "Thanks Holly, you just provided me with the opening line for today's blog." After a morning of touring the sites on the road to Jasper, we are back in the RV, having lost our will to hike ...

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