Mama, Ph.D. 5

I read this book a couple of months ago, and it really resonated for me. I love books of essays. I have always been an enormous fan of books of short stories, and over the years, I have gravitated more and more towards nonfiction and especially creative nonfiction. The turning point for me was when […]


An engineering approach to problem solving 2

I’ve realized recently that even as my research interests take me further and further away from my engineering background, I remain incredibly grateful for my training. Engineering is essentially all about problem solving, and the approach is just so sensible: 1. Establish what you want to know. Write it down. 2. Figure out what you […]


The Standards vs. The Individuals

I ran into Hans Oh at a meeting last night. A few years ago he blogged somewhere between agreement and disagreement with a presentation I gave at eHealth 2005 in which I argued that trying to make one-size-fits-all eHealth applications is, at best, wasted effort, and at worst, harmful. That topic came up again last […]