Jim is a native of southern Minnesota who, after graduating from Macalester College with a mathematics degree in 1996, hung a right turn on I-80 and didn't stop until he hit the west coast. After arriving in California, he worked as a computer programmer in San Fancisco on the Y2K switch. Really. (Insert "Office Space" joke here). Jim finally got his act together and did something constructive when he went to the University of California, Berkeley to get his Master's dergee in Public Health. After a brief stint as a tuberculosis outbreak epidemiologist, he returned to Berkeley and received an M.A. in biostatisics and a Ph.D. in epidemiology (ask me about it!). His research interests include causal inference, computational statistics, simulating the spread of infectious diseases, and statistical modeling. In his spare time he goes backpacking, hiking, and spends quality time with his wife, Kate, and his 1 y.o. daughter, Julia.