More Website Updates
2/16/2013 - 19:06:31

Once again, more website updates come in the middle of a Minnesota winter! It must be a good time for updating, since that's when the last update was too -- nearly two years ago! There are still more things to update, and hopefully some new pages to add. I'm still working on my Ph.D., but will hopefully finish "soon". I've spent the past year or so working on explicit polarization theory (X-Pol) and semiempirical quantum chemistry methods. In the process I wrote my own symmetric matrix diagonalization code, which should be available at the source code link fairly soon along with the other matrix computation codes that are already there.

Last June, I managed to photograph the transit of Venus with the sun. More details of how I did this are on the "Astrophoto: Transit of Venus with the Sun (2012)" link under the hobby section on the right.

Enjoy the updates to the site!

About Me

My name is Michael Mazack. I am an American of Polish, Swedish, and Ukrainian descent, and a Christian. I am married to my wife, Jane, who has a cooking blog on this site. I am originally from the Pacific Northwest, but moved to Minnesota to do my Ph.D. in scientific computation. I currently work at the University of Minnesota as a postdoctoral associate, developing computational chemistry and biophysical models with Jiali Gao.

During my undergraduate years, I received a few scholarships to go study abroad in Japan. It was a life changing experience, not only because I became fluent in Japanese, but because I was able to experience the Japanese way of life.

Some of my hobbies are cooking, hiking, fishing, canoeing, bird watching, amateur astronomy, coin collecting, カラオケ [karaoke], and IRC. I also enjoy bowling and watching both minor and major league baseball. I like cold war history, polka music, pinball, old TV shows, black liquorice, and a number of other things that seem to be disappearing from the face of the earth.

Please enjoy the website. よろしくお願いします。

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