CURRICULUM VITÆ

DOWMAN PARKS VARN

October 2012



CONTACT INFORMATION

Complexity Sciences Center & Department of Physics
University of California
One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616
Cell Phone: +01 (646) 228 7256
E-mail: dpv@ComplexMatter.org
Web site: www.WissenPlatz.org

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Place of Birth: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA
Marital Status: Single (Divorced), no children
Year of Birth: 1964
Citizenship: USA

PROFESSIONAL INTERESTS

Scientometrics ♦ Pharmacovigilance ♦ Crystallography ♦ Complex Systems

EDUCATION

  • PhD, Physics, University of Tennessee [Knoxville, TN] (December 2001).
    Title of Thesis: Language Extraction from Zinc Sulphide; Research Advisor: Geoffrey S. Canright.
  • MA, Physics, University of Virginia [Charlottesville, VA] (August 1994).
  • BS, Physics, Clemson University [Clemson, SC], cum laude, with Senior Departmental Honors, (May 1986).
    RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center, Indiana University [Bloomington, IN] (November 2011 - present). Scientometrics
  • Visiting Scholar, Complexity Sciences Center, University of California, Davis [Davis, CA] (January 2012 - August 2012). Scientometrics
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Biomedical Informatics, Columbia University [New York, NY] (September 2009 - September 2010). Pharmacovigilance; statistical inference; multiple hypothesis testing.
  • Postdoctoral Guest Scientist, Max-Planck-Institut für Physik komplexer Systeme [Dresden, Germany] (June 2004 - May 2006). Reverse Monte Carlo modeling of disordered systems; maximum entropy methods for ε-machine reconstruction from power spectra.
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Santa Fe Institute [Santa Fe, NM] (January 2002 - August 2003, February 2004 - May 2004). Treatment of the general case of reconstructing the ε-machine from power spectra; simulation of deformation faulting in close-packed crystals and demonstration of the origin of long-range memories from short-range interactions.
  • NSF/SFI Graduate Fellow, Santa Fe Institute [Santa Fe, NM] (February 2001 - December 2001). Application of computational mechanics to the analysis of x-ray diffraction spectra of disordered close-packed structures.
  • Graduate Research Assistant, University of Tennessee [Knoxville, TN] (May 1999 - January 2001). Analysis of how symmetry considerations can lead to degenerate and disordered ground states in five families of polytypes.
  • Graduate Research Assistant, University of Virginia [Charlottesville, VA] (June 1988 - June 1990). Many-body perturbation theory calculation of photoionization cross sections for atomic argon, emphasizing satellite structures.
    TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • Assistant Lecturer, Coker College [Hartsville, SC] (March 2009 - April 2009). I taught introductory statistics.
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Tennessee [Knoxville, TN] (August 1996 - May 1999). I taught laboratories in introductory physics and graded exams for introductory physics classes.
  • Adjunct Instructor, College of Charleston [Charleston, SC] (January 1995 - May 1996). I taught lectures and laboratories in introductory, non-calculus based physics.
  • Adjunct Instructor, Charleston Southern University [Charleston, SC] (January 1995 - May 1995). I lectured in modern physics to Masters students in education.
  • Adjunct Instructor, Trident Technical College [Charleston, SC] (January 1994 - May 1996). I taught lectures, laboratories and problem sessions in both calculus and non-calculus based introductory physics.
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Virginia [Charlottesville, VA] (August 1986 - May 1989). I taught laboratories and problem sessions in introductory physics and graded exams for introductory physics classes.
    ADDITIONAL TEACHING ACTIVITIES

  • Guest Lecturer, Phys 250 Natural Computation & Self-Organization, University of California, Davis [Davis, California] (Winter 2007; Spring 2012; Spring 2013). I gave two lectures on power spectra from symbol sequences and ε-machine spectral reconstruction theory.
  • Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften (Long Night of the Sciences), Max-Planck-Institut für Physik komplexer Systeme [Dresden, Germany] (2004, 2005 and 2006). I gave demonstrations and explanations of chaos to local German citizens.
    RESEARCH COMMUNICATIONS

  • DP Varn, GS Canright, & JP Crutchfield, "Inferring planar disorder in close-packed structures via ε-machine spectral reconstruction theory: examples from simulated diffraction spectra," Acta Crystallographica A: Foundations of Crystallography 69 pp. 413-426 (2013b). [abstract] citations: 0
  • DP Varn, GS Canright, & JP Crutchfield, "ε-Machine spectral reconstruction theory: a direct method for inferring planar disorder and structure from X-ray diffraction studies," Acta Crystallographica A: Foundations of Crystallography 69 pp. 197-206 (2013a). [abstract] citations: 0
  • K Haerian, D Varn, S Vaidya, L Ena, HS Chase, & C Friedman, "Detection of pharmacovigilance-related adverse events using electronic health records and automated methods," Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics 92(2) pp. 228-234 (2012a). [abstract] citations: 4
  • DP Varn, GS Canright, & JP Crutchfield, "Inferring planar disorder in close-packed structures via ε-machine spectral reconstruction theory: structure and intrinsic computation in zinc sulphide," Acta Crystallographica B: Structural Science 63, pp. 169-182 (2007a). [abstract] citations: 4
  • DP Varn & JP Crutchfield, "From finite to infinite range order via annealing: the causal architecture of deformation faulting in annealed close-packed crystals," Physics Letters A 324/4, pp. 299-307 (2004a). [abstract] citations: 12
  • DP Varn, GS Canright, & JP Crutchfield, "Discovering planar disorder in close-packed structures from x-ray diffraction: Beyond the fault model," Physical Review B 66, pp. 174110 (2002a). [abstract] citations: 18
  • DP Varn & GS Canright, "The crystal problem for polytypes," Acta Crystallographica A: Foundations of Crystallography 57, pp. 4-19 (2001a). [abstract] citations: 9
    INVITED RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS

  • "The Effect of Geospatial Movement on Career Trajectories for a Cohort of Physicists as Measured by Institutional Placement: Connecting Model Parameters to Empirical Data," Scientific Workforce & Modelling Symposium, George Washington University, Biostatistics Center, [Rockville, MD] (03/2013)
  • "A Multi-Agent Dynamical Systems Approach to Modelling Competition and Cooperation between Scientists," Scientific Workforce & Modelling Symposium, George Washington University, Biostatistics Center, [Rockville, MD] (09/2012)
  • "Modelling the Scientific Workforce: A Progress Report," Scientific Workforce & Modelling Symposium, George Washington University Biostatistics Center, [Rockville, MD] (04/2012).
  • "Structural Complexity in Disordered, Layered Crystals," Seminar, Max-Planck-Institut für Mathematik in den Naturwissenschaften, [Leipzig, Germany] (May 2006). [abstract]
  • "Structural Complexity in Disordered, Layered Crystals," Seminar, Center for Nonlinear Studies, Los Alamos National Laboratory, [Los Alamos, NM] (April 2006). [abstract]
  • "Structural Complexity in Disordered, Layered Crystals," Science of Complex Systems Seminar, Center for Computational Science and Engineering, University of California, Davis [Davis, CA] (February 2006). [abstract]
  • "Methods of Pattern Inference from Symbol Sequences: Practical Computational Mechanics," Nonlinear Time Series Analysis Seminar, Max-Planck-Institut für Physik komplexer Systeme [Dresden, Germany] (February 2005). [abstract]
  • "Pattern, Prediction and Computation in One-Dimensional Sequences," Nonlinear Time Series Analysis Seminar, Max-Planck-Institut für Physik komplexer Systeme [Dresden, Germany] (January 2005). [abstract]
  • "A Novel Approach to Discovering and Describing Planar Disorder in Layered Materials from their Diffraction Spectra," Nonlinear Dynamics and Complex Systems Seminar, University of Illinois [Urbana-Champaign, IL] (April 2004). [abstract]
  • "Pattern Discovery from Power Spectra: An Overview and Report on Recent Developments," Dynamics of Learning Seminar, Santa Fe Institute [Santa Fe, NM] (March 2004). [abstract]
  • "A Novel Approach to Discovering and Describing Planar Disorder in Close-Packed Structures from X-ray Diffraction Spectra," Seminar, Center for the Study of Complex Systems, University of Michigan [Ann Arbor, MI] (November 2002). [abstract]
  • "Language Extraction from Zinc Sulphide," Dynamics of Learning Seminar, Santa Fe Institute [Santa Fe, NM] (November 2001).
  • "Language Extraction from Zinc Sulphide ~or~ Talking to Rocks Isn't Just for Mystics Anymore," Researchers' Colloquium, Santa Fe Institute [Santa Fe, NM] (April 2001).
  • "The Crystal Problem for Polytypes," Condensed Matter Seminar, Indiana University [Bloomington, IN] (April 2000).
    CONTRIBUTED RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS

  • "Inferring Spatial Patterns from Power Spectra," Seminar, 89th Statistical Mechanics Conference, Rutgers University [New Brunswick, NJ] (May 2003).
    POSTER PRESENTATIONS

  • "Discovering Planar Disorder in Close-Packed Structures," Spring Science Symposium, Santa Fe Institute [Santa Fe, NM] (May 2002).
  • "Language Extraction from Zinc Sulphide," Dynamics Days 2002 [Baltimore, MD] (January 2002).
    CONFERENCES ATTENDED

  • American Medical Informatics Association Annual Symposium [San Francisco, CA] (November 2009).
  • Southern Atlantic Coast Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers Spring Meeting, University of South Carolina [Columbia, SC] (March 2009).
  • American Physical Society March Meeting, [Pittsburgh, PA] (March 2009).
  • Nonlinearities--From Turbulent to Magic, Niels Bohr Institute [Copenhagen, Denmark] (May 2006).
  • 89th Statistical Mechanics Conference, Rutgers University [New Brunswick, NJ] (May 2003).
  • Dynamics Days, [Baltimore, MD] (January 2002).
  • Complexity from Microscopic to Macroscopic Scales: Coherence and Large Deviations, NATO Advanced Study Institute, [Geilo, Norway] (April 2001).
    HONORS AND AWARDS

  • NSF/SFI Physics Graduate Fellowship at the Santa Fe Institute (2001).
  • Inducted into Sigma Pi Sigma (1999).
  • Highest overall score on the Ph.D. written exam at the University of Tennessee (1998).
    PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) (2009 - 2010).
  • American Physical Society, Southeastern Section (APS) (2008 - 2009).
  • American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) (2008 - 2009).
  • Southern Atlantic Coast Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers (SACS-AAPT) (2008 - 2009).
  • South Carolina Academy of Science (SCAS) (2008 - 2009).
  • Anacapa Society (2008 - present).
  • Society of Physics Students (SPS) (1982 - 1986).
    ACADEMIC SERVICE

  • Referee for Advances in Complex Systems, Scientific Reports.
  • Reviewer of posters for American Medical Informatics Association Annual Symposium (2009).
  • Reviewer of applications for the Santa Fe Institute's Complex Systems Summer School (2003).
  • Vice-President, Society of Physics Students, Clemson University Chapter (1985 - 1986).
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