Karibu! Welcome!

Email: gregor.passolt [at] gmail
Office: UW Tower, 18th Floor

Mailing Address:
Box 359476
Seattle, WA 98195-9476

My Research page

I'm a Data Scientist with Partners for Our Children, a child welfare research & policy center at the University of Washington.

My focus at POC is the Child Well-Being Data Portal, where we try to make administrative data digestible and understandable so anyone can get a sense of the state of Washington's child welfare system. We also are working on several research projects.

I spend most of my time programming in R. I'm the maintainer of two packages on CRAN (rlandscape and vitality), though I have to admit to being a little lax in their maintenance. I'm interested in data visualization, and always looking for ways to improve my workflow, optimizing reproducibility, scalability, and generalizability.

I’m a graduate of the Quantitative Ecology and Resource Management (QERM) program at the University of Washington. I defended my master's thesis in the spring of 2012. My master's work was highly interdisciplinary and involved collaboration with Jim Anderson (fisheries) and Sandor Toth (forestry). I also completed the Center for Studies in Demography & Ecology's training program. See my research page for a rundown of my projects.

After studying math at Harvey Mudd College (c/o ’06), I spent a bit over two years teaching math and physics in Tanzania with the Peace Corps.

Since leaving Tanzania I’ve forgotten a lot of Swahili, but there’s quite a bit left and I love any opportunity to practice.

I like games a lot; my absolute favorites are sheepshead and go, but backgammon, euchre, cribbage, and lots of modern board games are always welcome.

If you're interested, at the bottom of the page you can see a reasonably up-to-date resume, my master's thesis, and a textbook for the Tanzanian Basic Applied Mathematics A-level Course that I wrote while in the Peace Corps. I'm currently working with Tetea, an NGO that provides educational resources  for students and teachers in Tanzania, to convert past national exams to LaTeX form and provide solutions. If you know LaTeX and would like to help out, let me know!

--last updated January 2014

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