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[[Image:JBL_Paris.jpg|left|Julius in Paris]]
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[[Image:JBL.jpg|250px|left|Julius B. Lucks]]
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I am a graduate student of [http://www.physics.harvard.edu/people/facpages/nelson.html David Nelson] at Harvard University working on problems in biophysics related to viruses.  We are interested in problems ranging from structural properties of viral capsids (and the underlying theory of geometrical defects in curved lattices that is required), to understanding phage genomics.
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At the moment I am in the [[OpenWetWare:Information_management/a_model_for_novel_publishing|OWW Publishing Working Group]] where we are discussing alternative publishing models and OWW involvement in them.
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I am an Assistant Professor in the [http://www.cheme.cornell.edu/ School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering] at Cornell University. Please visit my lab webpage at [http://luckslab.org http://luckslab.org] for more information about my research interests in unraveling the RNA sequence/structure/function code for biology, medicine and biotechnology.
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== Interests ==
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In addition to biophysics, I am becoming more and more fascinated with how the internet can be used to make some of the common tasks in science more efficient.  I enjoy thinking about topics such as:
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*How to make the literature system more efficient through better user interfaces to searching.  To address this, a group of friends and I got together and made [http://maplit.hopto.org mapLit].  [http://maplit.hopto.org mapLit] is a new way to visualize literature search results that uses nested tree views for displaying related articles in context.  There are also convenience features that allow easy annotation of search results, saving of search results to work offline and share results, and the ability to connect saved searches online at a later date.  We appreciate any [mailto:maplit@gmail.com feedback on mapLit!]
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*Low-overhead customizable databases for quick and flexible organization of data.  If you are interested in this topic, please add your comments to [[OpenWetWare:Software/Flexible_Science_Databases]].
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*Using the internet for fast publication of results.
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**Broad community ranking of the usefulness/integrity of such results.
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As it turns out, I am not the first to think of such [[Science 2.0 | ideas]], which is why I am so excited to be a part of the discussion at OWW.  If anyone is interested and wants to chat about these, please [[Special:Emailuser/Lucks|email me]].
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== Tools I Like ==
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*Python
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**[http://www.linuxjournal.com/article/3882 Eric Raymond's thoughts] on Python vs. Perl
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*Perl
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**Perl-CGI - check out [http://slyjbl.hopto.org/PLD/ The Pica Literature Database]
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*[http://www.rubyonrails.org/ Ruby on Rails]
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**If you haven't seen the [http://www.rubyonrails.org/screencasts screencasts], they will blow your mind.
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I have always wanted to write a series of articles on great scientific tools.  I have started one, [[Lucks/Scientific_Pipelines|Scientific Pipelines]], that I hope turns into a nice resource for someone just entering into scientific programming.
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== Inspiration ==
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There are some really great thinkers out there ...
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* [http://www.paulgraham.com/articles.html Paul Graham's] essays are fantastic.  He has a lot to say about young people full of creative energy - from how they like to work, to common pitfalls they encounter.  If any of you have a need to hear some advice from someone who understands the way you think and work, check these out.  In particular I like:
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**[http://www.paulgraham.com/love.html How to do what you Love]
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**[http://www.paulgraham.com/procrastination.html Good and Bad Procrastination]
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**[http://www.paulgraham.com/bronze.html Why Smart People Have Bad Ideas]
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== OpenWetWare ==
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*[[Special:Contributions/Lucks | My Contributions]]
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== Science ==
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===Research ===
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My specific projects deal with
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*Unzipping DNA at a constant force
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*Translocating RNA through nanopores
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*Geometrical Defects in curved, two-dimensional crystals (related to viral capsids)
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*Phage genome landscapes - a way to visualize important genomic features
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=== Education ===
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*Ph. D. candidate in [http://www.chem.harvard.edu/ chemical physics] at [http://www.harvard.edu Harvard University].
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*M. Phil. in theoretical physics at the [http://www-theor.ch.cam.ac.uk/ CUC3] at [http://www.cam.ac.uk/ Cambridge University] ([http://www.chu.cam.ac.uk/ Churchill College]).
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*B.S. in chemistry (Math minor) at the [http://www.chem.unc.edu/ University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill].
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=== Publications ===
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J. D. Weeks, J. B. Lucks, Y. Kafri, C. Danilowicz, D. R. Nelson and M. Prentiss. ''Pause Point Spectra in DNA Constant-Force Unzipping'', Biophysical Journal, '''88''', 2752-2765, 2005. 
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:DOI: [http://dx.doi.org/10%2E1529/biophysj%2E104%2E047340 10.1529/biophysj.104.047340],
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:Arxiv: [http://www.arxiv.org/abs/cond-mat/0406246 cond-mat/0406246] (FREE)
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V. Vitelli, J. B. Lucks, D. R. Nelson. ''Crystallography on Curved Surfaces''. PNAS, '''103''', 12323-12328, 2006.
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:DOI: [http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.0602755103 10.1073/pnas.0602755103] (FREE)
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:Arxiv: [http://www.arxiv.org/abs/cond-mat/0604203 cond-mat/0604203] (FREE)
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== Contact ==
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My email address is lucks@fas.harvard.edu, or you can [[Special:Emailuser/Lucks|email me]] through OWW.
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Julius B. Lucks

I am an Assistant Professor in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Cornell University. Please visit my lab webpage at http://luckslab.org for more information about my research interests in unraveling the RNA sequence/structure/function code for biology, medicine and biotechnology.








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