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Chemistry is a joy, and also a necessity for those of us in the physical sciences. In my field, atmospheric science, one of the biggest success stories is founded in chemistry -- the discovery and continuing recovery of the stratospheric ozone hole.
Every atmospheric scientist has to be conversant in chemistry, in order to understand the primary and trace constituents of the atmosphere itself - N2, O2, CO2, CH4, etc - as well as their interaction with clouds and with radiation.
Chemistry was the first real science course I took in college, and it made me decide to continue further in science. I aced the lecture and lab components of chemistry in college, and it is a pleasure to help others do the same.
As a 15-year Mac user, I have experience with numerous Macintosh capabilities. My expertise is in Mac OS X and associated software, both proprietary and open-source applications. I can teach a wide range of tasks, including computer setup, the Microsoft Office Suite, how to use and/or sync an iPod and iPhone, how to link with a projector to give presentations, and many others. I originally came to the Mac from a programming background because it was the first Operating System that allowed me to use standard office software while running my programs, but over the years I have become familiar with many different types of software, including numerous highly specialized scientific applications.
As a tutor, Matlab is one of my favorite subjects. It's such a powerful tool and yet is relatively easy to learn. Mathworks also provides extensive online help. I've worked with Engineering 7 students at UC Berkeley and with the scientific/engineering professional sector, as well.
As an atmospheric scientist, I have been using Matlab on a daily basis since 1995. I use Matlab to navigate data directories, import data, perform data analyses on data having multiple dimensions, and generate various forms of output.
The data analyses I conduct rely heavily on the use of Matlab data structures and arrays for data storage, the matrix algebra and statistics capacities for data processing, and on the plotting and file generation capacities for output.
I have generated all of the figures for my scientific publications using Matlab, so can troubleshoot thorny details such as how to change the font size and weight within a plot legend, et cetera.
I've given numerous scientific talks -- to audiences ranging from elementary school children to world class scientists -- and I've seen literally thousands of presentations, as well.
Over the years I have polished my skills at delivering and especially at critiquing presentations, using the following techniques: (1) observing what differentiates good talks from the rest, (2) practicing and asking for feedback, (3) being a member of Toastmaster's (TM) and learning their strategies, (4) reading books and scouring online resources for examples of stellar talks and pitfalls to avoid, and (5) setting up practice talks for colleagues so I may troubleshoot for them.
As a result, I can quickly assess a talk or poster presentation and give helpful feedback about whether the presenter is meeting her/his stated goals for the presentation. I particularly excel at troubleshooting a talk in a field that is new to me, and where advanced topics are covered for an audience of diverse backgrounds. My specialty is science, but I may troubleshoot presentations on other topics on a case-by-case basis.
I use the following general criteria if none are specified: overall impression, accessibility, readability, delivery, use of figures, use of aids (videos, objects, etc.), content, and flow. Each general criteria has sub-points, i.e. I score readability based on 5-7 specific measures for a PowerPoint or OpenOffice slide presentation.
A yoga practitioner in numerous schools of yoga for nearly 20 years, and a Kundalini Yoga practitioner for 15 years, I was certified in early 2010 by the Kundalini Research Institute as a Level I Kundalini Yoga teacher, and am a member of the International Kundalini Yoga Teacher's Alliance in good standing.