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ALISON FEDER, ESP Teacher




Major: Biology

College/Employer: Stanford

Year of Graduation: 2018

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Past Classes

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M5200: Sneaky Statistics, Perplexing Probability in Splash Fall 2016 (Dec. 03 - 04, 2016)
You encounter randomness and chance every single day. Probability and statistics give you the ability to interpret and understand this randomness. In this class, we’ll cover an introduction to portions of these two important subjects, and put them in the context of actual problems: How can you tell if a sequence is random? What is ‘the Wisdom of the Crowd?’ How likely are people in a room to share a birthday? In this interactive workshop, find out the answers to these questions and more!


M4907: Sneaky Statistics, Perplexing Probability in Splash Spring 2016 (Apr. 09 - 10, 2016)
You encounter randomness and chance every single day. Probability and statistics give you the ability to interpret and understand this randomness. In this class, we’ll cover an introduction to portions of these two important subjects, and put them in the context of actual problems: How can you tell if a sequence is random? What is ‘the Wisdom of the Crowd?’ How likely are people in a room to share a birthday? In this interactive workshop, find out the answers to these questions and more!


M4525: Mathemagical Puzzles in Splash Fall 2015 (Nov. 07 - 08, 2015)
Explore a world of mathematical thinking and problem solving in this interactive workshop. Topics will be presented and then students will break into groups to further explore the concepts for themselves. Likely topics will include geometric intuition on algebraic ideas, logic puzzles and possibly a foray into high dimensional geometry! The emphasis of the class will allow for students to grapple with problems and work with others to develop their own intuition on approaching new concepts.


B4192: A Brief Introduction to Population Genetics in Splash Spring 2015 (Apr. 11 - 12, 2015)
The human genome is comprised of three billion base pairs, of which, 99% are identical across the entire human population. Only a very small fraction of the genome harbors any variation. It is this small, variable fraction that plays an important role in natural selection and can inform us about events such as demography. With genomic sequencing technology becoming increasingly cheap and accessible to the public, we are now entering an exciting era of personalized genomics and medicine. In this course, we will learn about the signatures of genetic variation that can help us understand our susceptibility to diseases and our human demographic history.


B3867: A Brief Introduction to Population Genetics in Splash Fall 2014 (Nov. 08 - 09, 2014)
The human genome is comprised of three billion base pairs, of which, 99% are identical across the entire human population. Only a very small fraction of the genome harbors any variation. It is this small, variable fraction that plays an important role in natural selection and can inform us about events such as demography. With genomic sequencing technology becoming increasingly cheap and accessible to the public, we are now entering an exciting era of personalized genomics and medicine. In this course, we will learn about the signatures of genetic variation that can help us understand our susceptibility to diseases and our human demographic history.


M3600: Mathemagical Puzzles in Splash! Spring 2014 (Apr. 12 - 13, 2014)
Explore a world of mathematical thinking and problem solving in this interactive workshop. Topics will be presented and then students will break into groups to further explore the concepts for themselves. Likely topics will include geometric intuition on algebraic ideas, Pascal's triangle, unintuitive probabilistic results, logic puzzles and possibly a foray into high dimensional geometry! The emphasis of the class will allow for students to grapple with problems and work with others to develop their own intuition on approaching new concepts.