Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Call For Immediate Assistance for Ateneo Employees Affected by Typhoon 'Ondoy' and the Floods in Metro Manila and Nearby Areas

Link to this blog post: http://raffysaldana.blogspot.com/2009/09/call-for-immediate-assistance-for.html

Note: This message was forwarded today (9/30/09) by our dean, Dr. Fabian Dayrit:

Subject: Immediate Assistance for Ateneo Employees Affected by Typhoon Ondoy

Dear All,

Please be informed that last Sunday evening, 27 September 2009, we had put up an Ateneo Employees Assistance Section in the College CoveredCourts.

This is located at the Receiving Area where registration fordonations is being conducted.

Volunteers from the LS Staff and Professionals groups man this table.

Please pass the information to our friends who will need immediateassistance in terms of food, clothing, beddings, water, etc.

We also request for your help to gather volunteers who can assist inthe manning of this area specifically during the 6 pm to 12 midnightshift.

Thank you very much.

God bless you,

Marie Joy R. Salita
Office of Administrative Services
Loyola Schools
Ateneo De Manila University
4266001 local 5101 / 4265666


Call for Proposals: 6th ICT Asia Programme (France)

Link to this blog post: http://raffysaldana.blogspot.com/2009/09/call-for-proposals-6th-ict-asia.html


The sixth call for proposals of the ICT-Asia regional program has been published and is available at http://www.ict-asia-france.org/call-for-proposals

The themes encouraged this year are:

• Communication systems: infrastructure networks, mobile communications, internet of things, applications and services, networked media;

• Components and systems: microelectronics, nanotechnologies, embedded systems, computing systems, quantum information;

• e-Health technologies and ICT for the ageing society: imaging systems, information systems, health informatics, ambient assistive living;

• Cognitive systems, interaction, robotics (including: multimodal interfaces, speech recognition, language base interaction);

• Content and knowledge processing.

Both the text of the call and the application form are available in English and French language.

The deadline for submission of proposals is 1 October 2009.

We look forward to receiving your proposals.

Bonjour à tous,

Le sixième appel à propositions du programme régional STIC-Asie a été publié sur le site du programme à http://www.ict-asia-france.org/call-for-proposals Les thèmes encouragés cette année sont:

• Systèmes de communication : infrastructure, réseaux mobiles, Internet des objets, applications et services, médias en réseaux ;

• Composants et systèmes : microélectronique, nanotechnologies, systèmes embarqués, informatique quantique ;

• Informatique et santé / TIC pour une société vieillissante : imagerie, systèmes d’information, informatique médicale, assistance au domicile ;

• Système cognitifs, interaction, robotique : interfaces multimodales, reconnaissance de la parole, interaction langagière ;

• Contexte et traitement des connaissances. Le texte de l'appel ainsi que le formulaire de présentation sont disponibles en français et en anglais.

La date limite de dépôt des candidatures est le 1 octobre 2009.


Antonin Coeur-Bizot
Assistant du Conseiller
Régional de Coopération et d'Action Culturelle
Délégation Régionale,
Ambassade de France en Thaïlande


Saturday, September 26, 2009

Typhoon Aftermath: Floods Brought Chaos

. Caption: Katipunan Avenue, infront of Ateneo de Manila University, was flooded when tropical storm 'Ondoy' or 'Ketsana' hit the Philippines on Saturday, 26 September 2009. (Photo courtesy of William Yu).
Today (Sunday, 27 September 2009), I woke up early (around 2:00 a.m.) after about four hours of sleep. I'm still thinking about the disaster that millions of people in Metro Manila and surrounding provinces experienced due to flashfloods caused by the recent typhoon (tropical storm 'Ondoy' or 'Ketsana').

I have just monitored my e-mails and Facebook account. I saw several information from friends with links to news items related to the flood disaster.

One of the links that I've read is an article by British Broadcasting Company (BBC) online ( http://news.bbc.co.uk/ ) which featured a video clip and pictures of Filipinos stranded in the floods.

Below is the link to the article:


Here is an excerpt:

"At least 50 people have been killed and thousands more evacuated as floods caused by heavy rain brought chaos to the Philippines, officials say.

At least one town is completely under water. Power has been cut off to parts of the capital, Manila, where hundreds of people are trapped on rooftops.

The government has declared a calamity, allowing access to emergency funds.
Television pictures showed water flowing down roads like rivers, with the floods chest-deep and rising.

The equivalent of a whole month's rain fell in six hours as Tropical Storm Ketsana, also known as Ondoy, lashed the island of Luzon, causing the worst flooding in Manila for 20 years.

In pictures: Philippines floods

Nearly 2,000 people were evacuated and hundreds more were stranded on rooftops.


Today (September 27, 2009) is the 76th birthday of my mother. My parents live in Bacoor, Cavite -- a suburb of Metro Manila. We were supposed to have a family celebration with my brother and some relatives from Bataan (west of Manila) in attendance. The celebration was postponed because of the typhoon and floods.

My parents are safe in our subdivision house in Bacoor. I am now in Loyola Heights, Quezon City and will be leaving in a while to go home to our house in Bacoor.

Unlike some unfortunate countrymen, my family has been spared from great damage. I pity those whose houses have been submerged by floods and those that lost their lives as victims of the recent calamity.

Our university, the Ateneo de Manila University, has launched a campaign to aid the victims of the recent typhoon and floods. Our university's main cafeteria now houses several evacuees from nearby villages in Marikina City, where many of the university's students, faculty and staff reside.

Related Links:



Raffy Saldaña

Floods and Typhoons: How Prepared Are We In Coping With "Natural" Disasters?

Link to this blog post: http://raffysaldana.blogspot.com/2009/09/floods-and-typhoons-how-prepared-are-we.html

Caption: Unprecented flooding in Katipunan Avenue infront of Ateneo de Manila University... the worst in 20 years. (9/26/09, Photos courtesy of William Yu.)

"Today's flooding is the worst (in the Philippines) in 20 years..."

-- Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA)

This morning, I woke up early to prepare for the Inter-University Programming Contest in Ateneo de Manila University hosted by the Ateneo Computer Society (COMPSAT). I am one of the judges in the contest.

There was a continuous downpour while I was on my was to the university. Later in the morning, I was told that the contest was cancelled due to bad weather.

A tropical storm (typhoon Ondoy) hit the Philippines today and brought heavy rains which caused flooding in Metro Manila and several provinces.

Today's floods are unprecedented. It was our first time to experience flooding at high level in Katipunan Avenue -- right infront of our university.

As of this writing, I am still inside the school, together with many students, faculty and staff who are stranded inside the campus.

Many of my colleagues are also staying inside the university. The university's faculty housing in nearby Marikina valley is already submerged with flood water.

I am one with many others who are wondering why this kind of flooding was not foreseen by the authorities, so that the people would be more prepared in coping with so-called natural disasters.

Is this disaster brought about by climate change?

Is this disaster due to the inadequacy of the Philippine government in ensuring that infrastructures are in place (adequate early warning systems) to counter floods and other disasters?

I hope that our society would be equipped with the necessary technology and infrastructures that could mitigate or prevent disasters such as what we are experiencing now.

Raffy Saldaña

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Countdown to the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (Asia-Manila Site )

( Link to this blog post: http://raffysaldana.blogspot.com/2009/09/countdown-to-acm-international.html )

The ACM (Association for Computing Machineries) International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) is the most prestigious collegiate programming contest in the world. Every year, local, regional and world finals contests are held.

This year, Ateneo de Manila University, in cooperation with the Computing Society of the Philippines (CSP), will host the 2009 ACM ICPC Asia Manila Regional Site Competition.

This event is a qualifying round for the ACM ICPC World Finals to be held in February 2010 in China.

To all interested participants:

It is only a few days left before the deadline to register your teams.


See details below:

2009 ACM ICPC Asia-Manila Site
October 22 - 23, 2009

Ateneo de Manila University
Quezon City, Philippines

To REGISTER, visit the ACM ICPC website:

REGISTRATION FEES (Good for two days):

Filipino participants from Metro Manila: 2,000 pesos per person
Filipino participants from Outside Metro Manila: 1,500 pesos per person
Foreign participants: 60 U.S. dollars per person


Deadlilne for Online Registration (ICPC Website): October 5, 2009

Deadline for Payment of Registration Fees: October 9, 2009

Philippine National Onsite Contest: October 22, 2009

Asia-Manila Regional Onsite Contest: October 23, 2009



Contact: Rafael P. Saldaña, Ph.D.
Contest Director
Asia Programming Contest - Manila Site
Rm. 317, SEC Bld. A
School of Science and Engineering
Ateneo de Manila University
Loyola Heights, Quezon City 1108
Tel. +63 2 4266125
Fax. +63 2 4266126
Mobile: +63 928 5043121
E-mails: rsaldana@ateneo.edu
Website: http://www.math.admu.edu.ph/acm

Click here to download a copy of invitation.


Monday, September 21, 2009

Notes on Complex Systems and Evolutionary Trade Models (Part II. Complex Systems and Economics)

Link to this blog post: http://raffysaldana.blogspot.com/2009/09/notes-on-complex-systems-and_21.html

Note: Recently, the Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU) Innovation Center headed by Dr. Gregory Tangonan started a complex systems study group. This semester (1st semester, school year 2009-2010) the Electonics, Communications and Computer Engineering (ECCE) Department under the School of Science and Engineering offered a graduate course on "Complex Systems" with me as one of the facilitators (together with Dr. Greg Tangonan and Dr. Nathaniel Libatique, Chair of the ECCE).

My particular interest in the topic of complex systems is on modeling and simulation. As of this writing, I am involved in a research project dealing with complex systems dynamics of evolutionary trade models and international development.

To aid my students and my research group on complex systems (and other interested readers) I am putting online some of my notes on this topic.


(Note: This is a work in progress. References will be supplied later.)

Part I. Introduction to Complex Systems
Part II. Complex Systems and Economics
Part III. An Evolutionary Theory of Trade
Part IV. Incorporating Technological Productivity in the Evolutionary Trade Model
Part V. A Cellular Automaton Model of Evolutionary Trade
Part VI. Non-Equilibrium, Spatial Evolutionary Trade Models
Part VII. Case Study: Modeling the Impact of Changes in Transportation Cost in India
Part VIII. Case Study: A 'Policy Impact Model' for Nepal
Part IX. Agent-Based Computational Economics


Matutinovic (2005) states:

"An economy is a complex system consisting of myriad of agents that may be placed in three broad categories: (1) firms, (2) households, and (3) government.

Agents' interactions come under the broad umbrella of cooperation and competition while under their production and consumption activities constitute the functional fabric of the economic system.

Economic activities often span hierarchical levels of functional interdependence."

In her book, "Complexity: A Guided Tour", Melanie Mitchell (2009) describes why economies are complex systems:

Economies are complex systems in which "simple, microscopic" components consist of people (or companies) buying and selling goods, and the collective behavior is the complex, hard-to-predict behavior of markets as a whole, such as changes in the price of housing in different areas of the country or fluctuations in stock prices.
Some economists believe that economies are adaptive on both the microscopic and the macroscopic level.
At the microscopic level, individuals, companies, and markets try to increase their profitability by learning about the behavior of other individuals and companies.

This microscopic self-interest has historically been thought to push markets as a whole – on the macroscopic level – toward an equilibrium state in which the prices of goods are set so there is no way to change production or consumption patterns to make everyone better off.

In terms of profitability or consumer satisfaction, if someone is made better off, someone else will be made worse off.

The process by which markets obtains this equilibrium is called market efficiency.

The 18th century economist Adam Smith called this self-organizing behavior of markets the "invisible hand": it arises from the myriad microscopic actions of individual buyers and sellers.

Economists are interested in how markets become efficient, and conversely, what makes efficiency fail, as it does in real-world markets.

More recently, economists involved in the field of complex systems have tried to explain market behavior in terms similar to those used previously in the descriptions of other complex systems: dynamic hard-to-predict patterns in global behavior, such as patterns of market bubbles and crashes; processing of signals and information, such as the decision-making process of individual buyers and sellers, and the resulting "information processing" ability of the market as a whole to "calculate" efficient prices; and adaptation and learning, such as individual sellers adjusting their production to adapt to changes in buyers' needs, and the market as a whole adjusting to global prices.

Next Topic: An Evolutionary Theory of Trade

Raffy Saldaña

Notes on Complex Systems and Evolutionary Trade Models (Part 1)

Figure Caption: A History of Complexity Science. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Link to this blog post: http://raffysaldana.blogspot.com/2009/09/notes-on-complex-systems-and.html

"Science has explored the microcosmos and the macrocosmos; we have a good sense of the lay of the land. The great unexplored frontier is complexity"

-- Heinz Pagels, "The Dreams of Reason"

Recently, the Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU) Innovation Center headed by Dr. Gregory Tangonan started a complex systems study group. This semester (1st semester, school year 2009-2010) the Electonics, Communications and Computer Engineering (ECCE) Department under the School of Science and Engineering offered a graduate course on "Complex Systems" with me as one of the facilitators (together with Dr. Greg Tangonan and Dr. Nathaniel Libatique, Chair of the ECCE).

My particular interest in the topic of complex systems is on modeling and simulation. As of this writing, I am involved in a research project dealing with complex systems dynamics of evolutionary trade models and international development.

To aid my students and my research group on complex systems (and other interested readers) I am putting online some of my notes on this topic.


(Note: This is a work in progress. References will be supplied later.)


Part I. Introduction to Complex Systems
Part II. Complex Systems and Economics
Part III. An Evolutionary Theory of Trade
Part IV. Incorporating Technological Productivity in the Evolutionary Trade Model
Part V. A Cellular Automaton Model of Evolutionary Trade
Part VI. Non-Equilibrium, Spatial Evolutionary Trade Models
Part VII. Case Study: Modeling the Impact of Changes in Transportation Cost in India
Part VIII. Case Study: A 'Policy Impact Model' for Nepal
Part IX. Agent-Based Computational Economics

Part I. Introduction to Complex Systems

• Complex systems is a scientific field which studies the common properties of systems that are considered fundamentally complex. Such systems are used to model processes in biology, economics, physics and many other fields.

• It is also called complex systems theory, complexity science, study of complex systems, sciences of complexity, non-equilibrium physics, and historical physics.

• The key problems of complex systems are difficulties with their formal modeling and simulation. From such perspective, in different research contexts complex systems are defined on the base of their different attributes.

• Since all complex systems have many interconnected components, the science of networks and network theory are important aspects of the study of complex systems. At present, the consensus related to one universal definition of complex system does not exist yet.

• Complex Systems is a new approach to science that studies how relationships between parts give rise to the collective behaviors of a system and how the system interacts and forms relationships with its environment.

• Complex systems have multiple interacting components whose collective behavior cannot be simply inferred from the behavior of components. The recognition that understanding the parts cannot explain collective behavior has led to various new concepts and methodologies that are affecting all fields of science and engineering, and are being applied to technology, business and even social policy.

In the book "Complexity A Guided Tour", Melanie Mitchell (2009) observed that complex systems have three common properties:

1. Complex collective behavior: Complex systems consist of large networks of individual components, each typically following relatively simple rules with no central control or leader. It is the collective actions of vast numbers of components that give rise to the complex, hard-to-predict, and changing patterns of behavior.

2. Signaling and information processing: All complex systems produce and use information and signals from both their internal and external environments.

3. Adaptation: All complex systems adapt – that is, change their behavior to improve their chances of survival or success – through the learning or evolutionary processes.

From these three properties, Mitchell (2009) proposed a definition of the term complex system: a system in which large networks of components with no central control and simple rules of operation give rise to complex collective behavior, sophisticated information processing, and adaptation via learning or evolution.

In the book "Handbook of Research on Complexity" edited by J. Barkley Rosser, Jr. (2009), six characteristics of the lowest level of complexity are mentioned:

1. Dispersed interaction among heterogeneous agents acting on each other locally in some space,

2. No global controller that can exploit all opportunities or interactions, despite the possibility of some weak global interactions,

3. Cross-cutting hierarchical organization with tangled relations,

4. Continual adaptation and learning by evolving agents,

5. Perpetual novelty as new markets, technologies, behaviors, and institutions create niches in the ecology of the system, and

6. Out-of-equilibrium dynamics with either zero or many equilibria existing, and the system unlikely to be near a global optimum.

Next Topic: Complex Systems and Economics

Raffy Saldaña

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Cancer Watch: Prostate Cancer Caused by a Virus?

(Link to this article: http://raffysaldana.blogspot.com/2009/09/cancer-watch-prostate-cancer-caused-by.html)

Note: Dr. Greg Tangonan, Director of the Ateneo Innovation Center, forwarded to me an article regarding prostate cancer. As an applied mathematician, I am interested in modeling and simulation of complex systems such as cancer dynamics.

A common type of cancer among men, specially those above 50 years old, is prostate cancer. The prostate is a gland in the male reproductive system.

Geographically, rates of prostate cancer vary around the world. It has been found that it is least common in South and East Asia, more common in Europe, and most common in the United States.

It is the second leading cause of cancer death among men in the United States and the United Kingdom (the first is lung cancer).

So far, the specific causes of prostate cancer remain unknown. Studies have shown that a man's risk of developing prostate cancer is related to his age, genetics, race, diet, lifestyle, medications, and other factors. Age is the primary risk factor. Prostate cancer is not common in men younger than 45, but becomes more common with advancing age. It was found out that the average age at the time of diagnosis is 70. However, some studies show that many men never know they have prostate cancer.

A recent article shows that prostate cancer may be caused by a virus.

Below is a reproduction of the article (that I received from Dr. Tangonan):

Prostate Cancer Caused by a Virus?

"Researchers reporting online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences think prostate cancer may be related to a virus. Scientists at Columbia University and the University of Utah have determined that a virus that's already known to cause certain other cancers in animals is present in human prostate cancer cells.

Comparing more than 200 human prostate cancers to more than 100 non-cancerous prostate-tissue samples, they found that 27 percent of the cancers contained the virus known as XMRV, which was found in only 6 percent of the benign tissues. XMRV has been under investigation for its potential role in causing cancer for some time; this new study strengthens the link and also dispels the previous belief that certain people with genetic mutations are more susceptible than others the XMRV infection.

There's no evidence yet that XMRV causes prostate cancer. But should such a relationship emerge, the discovery might lead to new ways to diagnose, treat or even prevent the disease, which affects nearly 200,000 men each year in the U.S.

Other viruses are known to cause cancer in humans. For instance, thehuman papillomavirus, or HPV, causes cervical cancer in women. TheGardasil vaccine targets HPV and thus wards off that form of cancer.

A prostate cancer vaccine is still a distant prospect, though. And researchers point out that much remains to be learned about XMRV. Does it affect women? Is it sexually transmitted? How common is it? And does it cause cancer elsewhere in the body, other than in the prostate?"

"We have many questions right now," said lead researcher Ila Singh of the University of Utah in a press release, "and we believe this merits further investigation."


Raffy Saldaña


Friday, September 18, 2009

Cancer Watch: Curcumin (Curry) and Cancer Cells

(Link to this article: http://raffysaldana.blogspot.com/2009/09/cancer-watch-curcumin-curry-and-cancer.html)

One of my research interests is Cancer dynamics. I have done (and still doing) research on cancer informatics (including modeling and simulation) together with my students at Ateneo de Manila University.

Today (9/19/09), I read an article by Ms. Tessa Salazar in the Philippine Daily Inquirer titled, " ‘Luyang dilaw’ kills tumor cells—scientists. " In English, "luyang dilaw" literally means "yellow ginger" and in scientific lingo it is known by the name "Curcuma longa Linn" .

Yellow ginger contains "curcumin" or "turmeric" or "curry" -- an ingredient used in many Indian dishes.

Below is the link to the article:


The Inquirer article mentioned that curcumin has anti-inflammatory capability.

I also learned from the Inquirer article that in a recent study published at the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists journal titled “Curcumin and Cancer Cells: How Many Ways Can Curry Kill Tumor Cells Selectively?” by Jayaraj Ravindran, Sahdeo Prasad and Bharat B. Aggarwal, curcumin was shown to have “killed” tumor cells.

The abstract of the paper by Ravindran et al. stated: “We show that curcumin modulates growth of tumor cells through regulation of multiple cell signaling pathways including cell proliferation pathway (cyclin D1, c-myc), cell survival pathway (Bcl-2, Bcl-xL, cFLIP, XIAP, c-IAP1), caspase activation pathway (caspase-8, 3, 9), tumor suppressor pathway (p53, p21), death receptor pathway (DR4, DR5), mitochondrial pathways and protein kinase pathway (JNK, Akt and AMPK).”

According to Ms. Salazar, the study described, in detail, how curcumin selectively kills tumor cells, and leaves normal cells untouched.

As a modeler, I am interested to investigate the biophysics and/or systems biology of this phenomenon and to come up with a mathematical or computational model that can be used for simulations.

Raffy Saldaña

Thursday, September 17, 2009

'Raffy's World' is Listed in Top 100 Science Professor Blogs

Today, I was surprised to receive an e-mail message informing me that my blog, "Raffy's World (Random Notes, Random Thoughts)" has been listed in the "Top 100 Science Professor Blogs" maintained by the site, "Online Universities Weblog" (http://www.onlineuniversities-weblog.com/50226711/top-100-science-professor-blogs.php).

I have not been updating my blog lately due to my busy schedule. With this new information, I think that I have to update my blog more frequently and beef up its contents.

Below is a complete list of "Top 100 Science Professor Blog" based on the site Online Universities Weblog: (My blog is listed under Engineering Professors).

Top 100 Science Professor Blogs
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If you’re studying science, one of the best types of resources you can find online are science professor blogs. On these science professor blogs, you’ll get an uncut look at science education, and get access to learning that doesn’t make it to the classroom. Check out our list to find 100 of the best blogs from science professors.


These professors discuss science in general.
Method: Find the best posts from science professors and beyond osn this blog.
Dr. Mom: Dr. Mom writes about her journey from grad school to postdoc to faculty member, with a family.
YoungFemaleScientist: YoungFemaleScientist is a postdoc in academic biomedical research.
Adventures in Ethics and Science: Read Janet D. Stemwedel’s blog about science and ethics.
Quest Community Science Blog: On this group blog, you’ll find an exploration of science, environment, and nature.
Temporary Professor?: Temporary Professor is a post-doctoral fellow and adjunct faculty member.
Science Infoblog: Learn about science from an educator’s perspective by following this blog.
Science Musings: Read Chet Raymo’s essay on the Science Musings blog.
Welcome to Explorations in Science with Dr. Michio Kaku: This professor is a popularizer of science.
Nerdy Science Blog: Read this blog to take a nerdy look at science.
Academia and Me: Read about this female scientist’s experiences in academia.
Professor Anonymous: Professor Anonymous works in the scientific department of a large university.
Simplicity & Complexity: Follow the Santa Fe Institute’s science developments on this blog.
Impact Lab: Impact Lab discusses the future of human experience.
Science in Society: Professors in all fields of science at Northwestern University contribute to this blog.
Propter Doc: Find lecturer notes from this post doc.
Janus Professor: Janus Professor is an assistant professor in a scientific field at Ivy League University.
Making Science Fun: Steve Spangler explains how you can make science fun.
Prof-like Substance: This professor is a faculty member in a science department at a northeastern university.
The n-Category Cafe: Here you’ll find a group blog on math, physics, and philosophy.
Unbalanced Reaction: This blogger just completed a one-year visiting assistant professor job.
Physical Science
Find chemistry, geology, and more in these science professor blogs.
FemaleScienceProfessor: This science professor blogger writes about being a science professor and a woman at the same time.
Useful Chemistry: Learn about the UsefulChem project at Drexel University on this blog.
RealClimate: The contributors to RealClimate include professors and other climate scientists.
Environmental Law Blog: Read Professor Susan Smith’s blog to learn about environmental law.
Sustainable Business Design: NE Landrum teaches about sustainable business.
Julio de Paula’s blog: Julio de Paula is the dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and professor of chemistry at Lewis & Clark College.
Roger Pielke Jr.’s Blog: Roger Pielke, Jr. is a professor of environmental studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Wooster Geologists: Read this blog to learn about the latest news coming out of Wooster’s Geology department.
Social Science & Phsychology
These science professor blogs discuss social science and psychology.
A Gentleman’s C: This tenured faculty member delivers statistics lectures to social science majors.
Prof. Dr. Laksman Madurasinghe: Here you can read the blog of a consultant psychologist professor.
Cognitive Daily: Greta Munger is a Professor of Psychology at Davidson College.
Todd Kashdan: Todd Kashdan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at George Mason University.
Social Science Statistics Blog: Learn about social science statistical methods from this Harvard blog.


Get a professor’s view of medicine from these blogs.

DrugMonkey: These bloggers are NIH-funded researchers and faculty members.
virology blog: This blog is all about viruses and viral disease.
Juniorprof: Juniorprof is a neuroscientist in pharmacology on a tenure track position.
Bioethics Discussion Blog: Maurice Bernstein, MD offers a discussion on bioethics.
Hard Science: Read about biomedical research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on this blog.
Neuroethics & Law Blog: Professor Adam Kolber discusses legal and ethical issues related to the mind and brain.
Medical Futility Blog: Thaddeus Mason Pope teaches about medical futility.
Neurotopia: This PhD in Neuroscience works in a library and as an adjunct assistant professor.
Reflections by Dr. Bruce Campbell: Bruce Campbell works as an Otolaryngologist with the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Heartbit: Heartbit is an associate professor in clinical anatomy and medical physiology.
Complementary and Alternative Medicine Law Blog: Michael Cohen writes about the laws governing complementary and alternative medicine on this blog.
Dr. Tori Hudson, ND: Tori Hudson is a naturopathic physcician who is an adjunct clinical professor with Bastyr University and Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine.
Dr. Geoff’s MedBlog: This doctor has practiced and taught emergency and internal medicine for over 20 years.
DoctorMama: DoctorMama is a mother, physician, wife, and educator.
NeuroLogica Blog: Steven Novella, MD is an academic clinical neurologist at Yale University School of Medicine.
Renegade Neurologist: David Perlmutter is an adjunct instructor at the Institute for Functional Medicine.
Terra Sigillata: Here you’ll find the blog of an academic researcher and educator in pharmacology.
BrainBlog: Read Anthony Risser’s blog about neuropsychology.
A Natural Scientist: This natural scientist offers academic summaries on this blog.
Here to help: Dr. Scherger is a professor of clinical family and preventive medicine at the University of California San Diego.
Dr. Wes: Dr. Wes is a clinical associate professor of medicine at University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine.

Check out these blogs to find engineering professors.

FemaleEngineeringProfessor: This blogger is an associate professor at a large research university.
Macroelectronics: Read this blog to learn from a faculty member of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland.
Go Engineering!: Go Engineering! explores the future of engineering education.
Raffy’s World: You’ll learn about applied mathematics and computational science from this associate professor in the Phillipines.
Candid Engineer in Academia: Learn about researching at Brilliant University on this blog.
Engineering Ethics Blog: Karl Stephan teaches engineering at Texas State University.
Ocean Engineering: You can learn about ocean engineering from this blog written by URI’s Department of Engineering.
Sciencewomen: These science professors share the change they want to see.
Physics & Astronomy
These professors share physics, astronomy news, and more.
Professor Astronomy: Learn about the news, research, and more in astronomy from this blogging professor.
Cosmic Variance: Read this blog to learn from physicists and astrophysicists.
Bad Astronomy: Phil Plait is an astronomer, lecturer, and author.
Astroprof: This college professor teaches physics and astronomy.
The Mind of Dr. Pion: Hear ravings on physics, education, and more from this theoretical physicist and practical professor.


Read about biology, evolution, and more on these science professor blogs.
EvolutionBlog: This professor has an unhealthy obsession with issues related to evolution and creationism.
On Becoming a Domestic and Laboratory Goddess: Dr. Isis blogs about working at a major research university.
Pharyngula: Pharyngula is written by PZ Myers, a biologist and associate professor at the University of Minnesota Morris.
Lost in Translation: Read Jonathan Kimmelman’s blog about biomedical ethics.
Ouroboros: Ouroboros offers a look into the biology of aging.
John Hawks: John Hawks is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison discussing paleoantrhopology, genetics, and evolution.
The Panda’s Thumb: Read The Panda’s Thumb to find a thoughtful discussion on evolution.
A Mad Tea-Party: This blogger is on the faculty in the biosciences department.
BBSRC: Read Professor Douglas Kell’s blog about bioscience for the future.
dechronization: These evolutionary biologists are interested in phylogeny.
http://diogenesii.wordpress.com/: Professor Olsen discusses biology, human anatomy, and physiology.
Maine Birds: Read Herb Wilson’s blog to learn about orinthology, winder ecology, zoology, and much more.
NeuroDojo: Zen Faulkes’ blog will help you train your brain.
Professor Chaos: Professor Chaos is a young assistant professor in the biological sciences.
Biochemical Soul: Biochemical Soul is written by an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biology at Elon University.
Professor in Training: Professor in Training is a new female assistant professor in the biomedical sciences at a large university.
The Tree of Life: Jonathan Eisen is an evolutionary biologist, professor at UC Davis, Open Access advocate, and Editor in Chief of PLoS Biology.
The EEB and flow: Here you’ll find a group evolutionary ecology blog written by scientists in academia and beyond.
Professor Boardman’s Bioblog: Learn about evolution and more on this biology professor’s blog.

Technology, Information & Computers

These blogs offer a view on computers, information, and technology.

Educational Technology Professor: Find reflections from a female professor in educational technology on this blog.
EagerEyes: Read Robert Kosara’s blog about information visualization, visual analytics, and more.
Billso: Bill Sideman discusses information systems and more on this blog.
Deltoid: Tim Lambert is a computer scientist at the University of New South Wales.
Hilary Mason: Hilary Mason is a computer science professor, data scientist, and web geek.
Harga-Blog: Andrew Hargadon’s blog offers a conversation about technology, design, and creativity.
Technology and Organizations: On Terri Griffith’s blog, you’ll read about the perception and use of technology in organizations.
Shtetl-Optimized: Scott Aaronson’s blog discusses theoretical computer science and more.
The Audio Prof: Check out Rob Potter’s blog about the cognitive processing of media messages.
Computer Science Department Blog: On this blog, you’ll be able to stay up to date on the computer science department at Virginia Tech.
IT Compliance: Privacy professor Rebecca Herold discusses IT compliance on this blog.
Daniel Lemire: Daniel Lemire is a professor of computer science at the University of Quebec at Montreal.
Technology & Marketing Law Blog: Read Eric Goldman’s blog to learn about the laws that surround technology and marketing.


Raffy Saldaña