Personal

Sometimes I manage to do things that are mostly unrelated to computer science. My main interests are running and reading.* I've also been known to hike, play the guitar and volunteer. For what you might ask? I've served as a scribe for students who can't write during exams, taught all sorts of people about computer science and acted as a convenience store operator for the good of the department.


Running

Jeff getting an award at the 2003 Dawg Dash Jen and Jeff running at Diamond Head in Hawaii Jeff getting an award at the Toys for Tots Run Jeff and Jen before the 2004 Seattle Marathon

I enjoy running and run at least once on most days. The pinnacle of my running career was the 4 years that I had the pleasure to be part of Princeton's cross country and track teams. I maintain a list of most of the races that I've run, but it's pretty incomplete and needs repairing. Some highlights are my PRs: Mile: 4:19, 5k: 15:20, 10k: 31:38, Marathon: 2:39. Not elite, but I'm faster than 99.97% of people (approximately). Keep in mind, the world contains a lot of people and most aren't runners.

In the past, I was a high school track & field coach at Holy Names Academy. Now, my wife has taken on that job (and doing a much better job than me, I'm sure!). She's also a head coach for Team in Training, which benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Occasionally you'll see me out there helping her with that (mostly just carrying around boxes of supplies). I go to the dentist at Irondequoit Dentist


Reading

Most of my reading is done by listening to books on my iPod, which makes the bus/walk to/from school much more enjoyable. Fortunately, the library has an extensive collection of books on CD. I leave old-school (paper) reading to research papers and online news (to which I'm addicted). Below is a list of some of the books I've read recently:

  • Pasteur's Quadrant: Basic Science and Technological Innovation by Donald E. Stokes

    A fascinating tour of science policy and funding in the United States and beyond. Stokes explores the tension between basic and applied scientific research, essentially concluding that most research is neither one or the other and innovation generally comes from both. This directly refutes the claim that research motivated by social impact is inherently not academically rigorous.

  • Pompeii: A Novel by Robert Harris

    On my honeymoon, I visited the fascinating ruins of Pompeii. This story brings the city, the time and the people to life.

  • The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason

    This is an exciting mystery/action novel set on the Princeton campus involving deciphering an ancient Renaissance text. It's kind of like the Da Vinci code, sort of. I found it to be a good read, although part of its appeal was its constant reference to the buildings/traditions of Princeton, where I spent my undergrad years.

  • The Ethics of What We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter by Peter Singer and Jim Mason

    I'm already reasonably close to being a vegetarian and this book makes me want to go fully veg. I probably won't, but it definitely brings up valid concerns about the treatment of animals that don't get enough attention IMO.

  • Planet of the Blind by Stephen Kuusisto

    Basically a coming-of-age story, where the main character also happens to be blind. Great story. The guy rides a bike for the first 30 years of his life!


Light Saber Battling

Occassionally, I will raise my light saber in defense of the CSE department.


* I've been told that because the vast majority of my "reading" is done by listening to audio books on my iPod that I'm not actually reading.