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Richard Gray
Worked at The Kirby Institute for Infection and Immunity in Society
Attended University of New South Wales
Lived in Sydney, Australia
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Long but interesting read about how an unheralded statistician saved countless lives and why you shouldn't ask successful people about how to be successful.
http://youarenotsosmart.com/2013/05/23/survivorship-bias/
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Google Glass like magic might make things disappear right before your eyes
http://www.smh.com.au/comment/surgery-blinded-by-google-glass-advances-20130422-2iad9.html
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For those of you who've ever thought "should I go to graduate school?" Here are some things to consider. (For those of you who've finished the journey, feel free to chime in!)
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What you see when you read between the lines in the methods section of papers
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Should one get excited when a serious person, though also something of an academic outsider, claims to have solved several of the biggest open problems in physics? Marcus du Sautoy thinks so, and he has seen the details. Ed Frenkel takes it seriously, though in a more let's-wait-and-see way. The best I can say from my utterly non-expert perspective is that it sounds as though it is interesting work even if it turns out not to be the long-sought theory of everything, but that at the moment one's level of excitement should be similar to what one gets when reading of a new development in cancer research that might greatly improve treatment one day. Most of those stories you read once and then never hear of again, but presumably some of them actually do lead to improvements. Importantly, one shouldn't be excited until a lot of physicists have looked at the work sceptically and had a chance to say, "Yes, but if that theory were correct, then how would you explain X, Y and Z, which appear to contradict it?"

A final thing that goes without saying: the fact that this is written about in the Guardian is not a reason to get excited.
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Looking forward to the next big science news event: 
 
Tomorrow morning, the huge NASA/ESA collaboration working on the Planck satellite will release their first science/cosmology results!

Heading into this big announcement, let's take stock of what we know, and look forward to what we might learn from it!
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I am a researcher at the Kirby Institute for infection and immunity in Society at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. While I trained to do maths, physics, and neuroscience I am currently employed to investigate the transmission of HIV and other fun diseases within Australia and Southeast Asia. Basically I use maths to model the number of people infected in a population and try to assess what the impact of public health interventions will be. Hopefully this informs policy and ends up doing some good. This work has given me the opportunity to visit the beautiful highlands and Islands of Papua New Guinea and to learn about what people get up to in the ... ummm ... bedroom.

For as long as I can remember I have been  a fan of science and I spend a lot of time thinking and reading about it. While I am interested in a diverse range of fields what I am most interested in is the science of science: how the scientific method is supposed to work;how it is actually carried out by humans; its uses and abuses; and its interaction with the wider community.

When I am not reading and thinking about nerdy stuff I like to: enjoy the great outdoors by flyfishing, hiking, skiing, and cycling; practice the Japanese martial art aikido; read good books; watch good movies; and hang out with good company. 
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Black belt in aikido; black belt in science (a PhD); survived a night out in Port Moresby; managed to give an impromptu talk to 13 year olds about HIV, STIs, and sexual behaviour without them giggling to death.
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  • University of New South Wales
    B.Sc. Physics & Mathematics, 1995 - 1999
  • University of Sydney
    PhD Neuroscience & Physics, 2004 - 2008
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