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.