Teaching a Statistics course

This semester, I will be venturing into teaching statistics course along with my colleague Prof Kavita Isvaran. This is going to be quite exciting because I have only taught mathematical ecology (and its variants, basic to intermediate to advanced) so far.

Of course, Kavita has been teaching this course on Quantitative ecology, with a focus on both research design and statistical inference, for almost a decade. This course has undoubtedly transformed the quantitative skills of our students and they way they design and analyse their PhD thesis projects.

This year, the main change to the course is as follows: we will cover less material but will add depth (the breadth will be added in a second course in Jan 2019). While Kavita will teach Research design in the first half of the course, I will teach basic statistics – starting from probability distributions to point estimations and linear regression – in the second half of the course. We really want to ensure people understand basics of what they are doing – including associated math and programming.

We will be assisted by our joint PhD student Aakanksha to conduct tutorials in math, R, grading assignments, etc.


Comments on opportunities for scientific research in India [Updated]

Mr. GBSNP Varma is writing a series of articles in Science Careers (online) section of the Science magazine to highlight opportunities and challenges for scientific research in India. In the part 1 of this series, myself and several of my colleagues and collaborators such as Dr. Maria Thaker and Prof. Sriram Ramaswamy have been interviewed.

Read the article here: Part 1: In India, Abundant Opportunities

My picture in the article in my office was taken by Ashwin Viswanathan, with all of my lab members making fun of how I pose to pictures (and I was nervous)!

Update (12/11/2013): here is the part 2 of the article focussing on challenges of doing research in India.

Summer projects 2012

UPDATE: If you are an KVPY fellow, or an INSPIRE fellow, or would not mind supporting yourself for the summer, you are welcome to write to me to discuss options for summer project. It would be helpful if you write why you would like to work with us.

For those who might be interested in joining our lab for summer projects in 2012, please consider applying through the Science Academies’ Summer Fellowship Program.

Not only does it mean that you are formally recognized through a competitive process, it also provides a stipend for the local support and travel. If you are interested in applying through this program, please get in touch with me.

The deadline for applications is Dec 31st 2011.