Way to go, Shirley.

My soon-to-be-graduated student, Shirley Wu, had a good day the other day.  First, I signed her PhD dissertation, making it very likely that she will graduate in 2 weeks from Stanford with a PhD in Biomedical Informatics.  It was a great thesis on machine learning methods to detect functions in protein structures.   An early paper is already out, and one is in preparation.   Second, she wrote a blog entry entitled “Open Letter to Oprah” where she expressed her disappointment that Oprah is supporting the non-scientific and dangerous crusade against vaccines lead by Jenny McCarthy, and this got a fair amount of attention, including more than 5000 links and tweats and whatevers in the first 24 hours.   So Shirley had a good day.  Congratulations.


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