WINNER OF THE NOVEMBER PALINDROME CONTEST:
PROFESSOR THOMAS B. KEPLER*
Are pot-lucks ample? Hon’s a bled-raw otiose doctor to trot code-soi toward Elba’s no-help-mask cult opera.
The minimum requirement was to include Elba plus any two of: code, luck, predict.
*Department of Microbiology, Boston University School of Medicine
KEPLERIAN STATEMENT: “I’m thrilled to capitalize at last on my orthographic obsession. Today, palindromes, tomorrow, wise commentary on the philosophy of statistical inference. Thank you, Deborah.”
KEPLERIAN CHOICE OF PRIZES: “the Mayo and Spanos book, and the Lehmann”.**
“The Kepler group works with multiple collaborating laboratories to generate and integrate data from many different assays, each of which provides one perspective on the workings of affinity maturation. By using computational means to coordinate the integration of these diverse data, a comprehensive picture of the process at a systems level emerges.
Professor Kepler, in partnership with colleagues at Duke and Harvard Universities, has developed a new approach to vaccination that uses computational methods to select combinations of immunogens to use in vaccines that drive affinity maturation in specific directions. These methods are being used to develop vaccines against HIV, influenza, and anthrax.”
**Full titles of book choices:
Error and Inference: Recent Exchanges on Experimental Reasoning, Reliability and the Objectivity and Rationality of Science (D. G. Mayo and A. Spanos, CUP 2010),
Fisher, Neyman and the Creation of Classical Statistics (E. L. Lehmann, Springer 2012)
December palindrome rules: By December 31:
Elba + 2 of the following: assess, model, simple
plurals and variations on words are fine. As always, I offer a few examples through the month on errorstatistics.com and/or hints on the Palindrome page (as I think of them), so yours must differ from mine. See palindrome page on errorstatistics.com.
And speaking of orthography, the editorial board assumed you were using “soi” as the term used in Thailand for a side-street branching off a major street. Was that correct?