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Bulletin columns: Rick Durrett and Xiao-Li Meng

Rick’s Ramblings is Going Online Rick Durrett bids us farewell—in this publication, at least. He wrote [in the print version, December 2012 issue]: My ideas for columns come at random [ More.. ]


How to give a 25-minute talk (Second Edition)

Giving a talk is a key skill. Hone it, and you will earn thanks from Rick Durrett, and all your future audiences.


Rick’s Ramblings: The Academic Software Razzies

Each year in Los Angeles, on the night before the Oscars ceremony, the Golden Raspberry Awards—“Razzies”—are awarded to the worst of what Hollywood has to offer that year. In 2011, [ More.. ]


Rick’s Ramblings: Why Prove Theorems?

Rick Durrett writes: Picture this: it was the ides of March, a sunny day in Durham, the day before the most frequent Google search from the Duke campus was “Where [ More.. ]


Rick’s Ramblings: Models. Behaving. Badly.

Celeb culture? Gossip? No, Rick Durrett is reviewing Emanuel Derman’s book on mathematical models in finance.


Rick’s Ramblings: Stochastics in Biological Systems

I can’t think of a better combination than randomness and biology (unless it is a chilled Sancerre accompanying grilled swordfish with a side of steamed asparagus). The title for this [ More.. ]


Rick’s Ramblings: Writing an NSF proposal with New Broader Impacts

Rick Durrett, Jedi Master of proposal-writing, writes some instructions for the Younglings, including the NSF’s revised broader impacts criterion.


Rick’s Ramblings: Dehydrated Elephants

Is there actually any use for a dehydrated elephant? 
Rick Durrett thinks that just because we can solve a
problem, it doesn’t necessarily mean we’re asking, or answering, the right question…



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