Bio-engineer 30 years ago, I PhD recently on the opposite scale: the World's ecology and sustainable development indicators.
I find Foldit inspiring for the research process and it's link with development and what we call "technological lock in" in History: one step back, 2 steps forwards can help humanity to go out of the current unsustainable high carbon societies lock-in.
From the game point of view, I like evolving and scripting in order to learn what is a beautiful protein.
-Oct 2012: Joined L'Alliance Francophone
-Apr-Sep 2013: rank 1 symmetric evolvers
-May 2013: Joined Beta Folders
-Nov 2013: first time our group solution further used in Science
-Dec 2013: Came back to L'Alliance Francophone
-Apr 2014: lonesome soloist then Boinc.be, then founded the unconventional Soloists virtual group, then joined Go Science for the CASP11 race. We ended on rank 4. Nice to have many good evolvers there: this helps a lot for my solos.
-May 2014: strange feeling beeing CASP11 solo n°1 after 5 puzzles (2 after 8 puzzles, 8 at the end). This encouraged me to concentrate on solos.
-May 2014: Got Master soloists.
-Aug 2014: Solo rank 10
-Oct 2014: prediction solo rank 1 !!
-10 March 2015: Solo 2 (during 1 day !)
-Best solo rank ever: 2 (Prediction 1, Pilot 1, CASP11 2, overall 2, design 2, symmetry 2, ED 2, PC 3, HF 46).
-Best Foldit contribution ever (Nov 2015): Solo 2 + Evo 3 = 5 (total rank = 1)
-Sept 2016: Our group solution used in science (Nature paper)!
-nov 2017 Pilot soloist 1 after 10 puzzles
-June 2018, co-authored a Human Computation paper on player's vision
-July 2018, co-authored as most Players on a Nature paper on collaborative protein prediction
-June 2019, co-authored among Foldit Players on a Nature paper protein design by Citizen Scientists
-Dec 2019: rank 1 evolvers (best rank ever: sym 1, prediction 1, pilot 1, design 2, overall 3, ED 3, CR 5, CASP 8, PC 7).
-Feb 2019: best foldit contribution total with Solo 2 + Evo 1 = 3 (total rank 1).
-May 2021: rank 1 solo (Best solo rank ever: 1 (Prediction 1, Pilot 1, CASP11 2, overall 2, design 2, symmetry 2, ED 2, PC 3, HF 46).
Soloists chart /Evolvers chart / Group chart
I've made three coronavirus videos demonstrating how to get started:
Also this one:
demonstrates how to use the remix tool manually to fix bad loops. This technique can be used on coronavirus puzzle 1814c and many other design puzzles.
The Intro Puzzles page on the Foldit wiki links to tips for each intro puzzle, including videos.
Retired Medical Technologist. Worked in clinical immunology lab in teaching hospital. Currently volunteering for Audubon Society, Soaring Club, and my city's CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) program.
Actively folding proteins since February 2018.
An educated redneck cowboy from Dallas, Texas, USA.
When I was in grad school in 1985 in the Biostatistics and Bioinformatics research department of the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center at the State University of New York at Buffalo, my master's thesis was going to be the development and presentation of a computer program that predicted the secondary structures of proteins based on their amino acid sequences.
Tertiary structure (i.e. folding) prediction at that time was a pie-in-the-sky fantasy. Imagine my delight, in 2008, to find out that not only are people determining tertiary structures of proteins, but they've made a *game* of it.
I play to win; but I am not always in a serious mood. You can sometimes find me in Veteran chat cuttin' up with my trusty cyber-horse "Trigger" (https://foldit.fandom.com/wiki/Trigger,_the_equine_Sysop). Say howdy if you see us.
Foldit bragging rights:
I am the proud winner of the only trophy ever presented by Foldit. Read about it at https://fold.it/portal/node/987550 .
Got to represent Foldit players in an interview about Citizen Scientists that was published in Nature magazine. Read about it at https://www.nature.com/news/2010/100804/pdf/466685a.pdf .
Also got to represent Foldit players through interviews for children's science magazine Muse, Volume 17, Number 3, and the University of Washington's alumni magazine Columns, March 2011 issue.
Photographer, videographer, blogger, and webmaster. I have studied health and nutrition for over thirty years. Ask me what you will about the subject.
Retired from Foldit in 2014 after the death of player and beloved friend auntdeen (https://fold.it/portal/user/99169) broke my heart and my spirit. Returned in 2020, to help kick COVID-19 in its viral butt.
I like science and i like puzzles.
Originally a Boing Boing recruit, found myself addicted within about 18 mins. Made myself at home ever since.
I've worked in the fields of architecture, auto-identification (barcoding), industrial design, and software publishing. I'm an inventor. I've always loved polyhedra and three-dimensional mathematical models.
I have 25 years of professional experience in IT, rewrote ray tracing software in x86 assembly language, built a 3d interface for LCD shutter glasses so I could play Descent stereoscopically in 1996, optimized Raistmer's SETI at home in SSSE3 assembly, created and sold computer art, wrote up and filed patents, trademarks, domains.
I like to push frontiers and discover new ones.
I have funded and built a series of workstations exclusively for use with Foldit, running 24/7 reaching a historical 25.000.000 moves on may 7th 2012 at 15:45 UTC. Just over a year later Fold.it introduced a new achievement to honor breaking a new frontier, the 50 Megamoves limit: http://fold.it/portal/node/994984
I reached Global Soloist Rank #1 position for the first time on june 24, 2012 at 14:00 CET.
Contenders is my home and I feel happy being among like-minded souls who are passionate about what they do.
List of news related to puzzles we (all) worked on: