Thanks to all my friends and family who have voiced support for this site: in particular my wife and daughter, who tolerate large amounts of web noodling devoted to updating things here. My mother was a constant inspiration to and supporter of my career as a scientist and educator.
Thanks to Pratt Institute colleagues who make my work environment exciting, inspiring, and nurturing. Our chair, Carole Sirovich, has allowed me to spread my scientific wings and fly into a great variety of pursuits. My fellow faculty in the Department of Mathematics & Science (including Damon Chaky, Daniel Wright, Cindie Kehlet, Ágnes Mócsy) provide both inspiration and a departmental family. I am also deeply indebted to our department secretary Margaret Dy-So, who has helped me on more occasions than I could ever count. I am grateful for the diverse perspectives of my School of Liberal Arts & Sciences colleagues past and present, including B. Ric Brown, Eric Godoy, Francis Bradley, and Peter Nekola. Former Dean Toni Oliviero, who presided over my first four years at Pratt, provided a lot of support to foster my early growth. I am proud to be member of the Pratt Faculty Union (UFCT Local 1460), and thank President Kye Carbone and Vice President Emily Beall for their tireless effort to raise the status and support of our faculty.
I am grateful to Pratt’s Information Technology division for support in maintaining and developing my technological resources. This includes the Service Desk (especially Toby Howard), which has helped keep my computer and class learning management system sites running smoothly, and the Faculty Technology Studios, which has provided inspiration and support for my use of technology in my classroom.
I cannot forget where I came from, and predominantly I owe my scientific chops to those who educated me. My graduate advisor, Lev Ginzburg, provided me with a goldmine of ideas that I am still exploring as well as the theoretical chops to tread my own path. I am grateful for all the teaching and advising I received from past and current Stony Brook University professors including Daniel Dykhuizen, Jessica Gurevitch, Charlie Janson, Massimo Pigliucci, R. Geeta, Rob Armstrong, Stephan Munch, Jim Rohlf, John True, Walt Eanes, Mike Bell, and Doug Futuyma. A huge part of the education I received at Stony Brook came from my fellow graduate students, including Jennifer Verdolin, Toni Lyn Morelli, Sybil Gotsch, Melissa Mark, Chris Noto, Adam Ehmer, Annie Green, J. Matt Hoch, Andre Levy, Dan Stoebel, Dusty Brisson, Leone Brown, Dan Moen, Jessica Stanton, Jonathan Hickman, Eliza Woo, and Ramona Walls. I also received significant mentoring and guidance from Leo S. Luckinbill, who served as my outside committee member.
I am — for better or worse — one of those people who only avails himself of technology once it becomes relatively easy to use. I tried unsuccessfully for several years to engineer my own site before discovering the amazing resources offered by the WordPress Foundation [1, 2]. My ability to provide you with content is inextricably linked to the profound efforts of the many developers who produce WordPress. This includes not just the WordPress team but also the many plugin authors who enable cool features to be added to a WordPress site. Currently on this site I am using the following plugins:
I try to not just acknowledge these altruistic developers-for-the-people, but also drop a little something in their PayPal accounts at the end of the year.
This site is hosted by A Small Orange, whose technical support representatives have bailed out my WordPress install on several occasions. They also offset their server impact by purchasing wind power credits!
QR-Codes that I use for this site are generated thanks to Kaywa.