Suz tolwinski-ward

Statistical Climatologist,

Catastrophe Risk Model Builder,

Charles River Canoer

Teaching

One of my favorite parts about working at AIR Worldwide is that I'm constantly either teaching or learning across disciplinary boundaries-- usually informally as colleagues and I draw on our complementary areas of expertise to build models together. Below you can also find some of my teaching materials from more formal teaching opportunities I've had both at AIR and in my past academic life.

Souping up R with C++

AIR Worldwide Research Department Seminar, Fall 2015

Admit it: this little flaming R logo I made for my talk about souping up R code with C++ is awesome. And after you experience speedups in your own code with RCpp, you may even be moved to get the logo tattooed on your body! Tutorial slides and materials are here.

Crash Course in Applied ARMA modeling

AIR Worldwide Research Department Seminar, Fall 2014

Undergraduate Mathematical Modeling Mentor

University of Arizona Department of Mathematics, Spring 2011

Mentor for Math 485 (Mathematical Modeling) at the University of Arizona. The group of four undergraduate math majors I worked with examined how pathogen mutation can affect the spread of diseases through probabilistic numerical simulations using small-world networks. Their final project poster is here, and their final report is here.

Intro to Statistics and Biostatistics

University of Arizona Department of Mathematics, Fall 2010

Instructor for Math 263 (Introduction to Statistics and Biostatistics) at the University of Arizona. My students' evaluations of my teaching are here.

"Super-TA" for graduate-level Principles and Methods of Applied Math

University of Arizona Department of Mathematics, Fall 2007

**Fall 2007:**Super-TA for Math 583 (Principles and Methods of Applied Mathematics) at the University of Arizona. This is a core course for first-year graduate students in Applied Mathematics, which I had just passed the previous year.High School Physics and Astronomy Teacher

Concord Academy, MA, Fall2005-Spring 2006

I taught high school physics at Concord Academy in Concord, MA during my first year out of college. I also got to design and teach a pilot course teaching basic principles of physics through applications in astronomy and cosmology! Highlights included rapt looks on students faces when a) I taught the physics students about the Twin Paradox from Einstein's Theory of Special Relativity, b) I showed the astronomy kids the moon through a telescope one observing night, and c) I described how we'll never be able to learn anything beyond the light cone of our expanding universe. Great times molding young brains!