Posts with #academia

Art from UNC BIOL222
As part of the University of North Carolina BIOL222 class, Dr. Catherine Kehl asked her students to “use matplotlib.pyplot to make art.” BIOL222 is Introduction to Programming, aimed at students with no programming background. The emphasis is on practical, hands-on active learning. The students completed the assignment with festive enthusiasm around Halloween. Here are some great examples: Harris Davis showed an affinity for pumpkins, opting to go 3D! # get library for 3d plotting from mpl_toolkits.
Figures in the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C (SR15)
Background Cover of the IPCC SR15 The IPCC’s Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C (SR15), published in October 2018, presented the latest research on anthropogenic climate change. It was written in response to the 2015 UNFCCC’s “Paris Agreement” of holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C […]".
Creating the Warming Stripes in Matplotlib
Earth’s temperatures are rising and nothing shows this in a simpler, more approachable graphic than the “Warming Stripes”. Introduced by Prof. Ed Hawkins they show the temperatures either for the global average or for your region as colored bars from blue to red for the last 170 years, available at #ShowYourStripes. The stripes have since become the logo of the Scientists for Future. Here is how you can recreate this yourself using Matplotlib.
Using Matplotlib to Advocate for Postdocs
Postdocs are the workers of academia. They are the main players beyond the majority of scientific papers published in journals and conferences. Yet, their effort is often not recognized in terms of salary and benefits. A few years ago, the NIH has established stipend levels for undergraduate, predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees and fellows, the so-called NIH guidelines. Many universities and research institutes currently adopt these guidelines for deciding how much to pay postdocs.