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BootsMcGraw

Overall Soloist Rank 10 Overall Soloist Score 2984

Level 1 0 / 100 XP

Rank 10

Score 2984

Profile

Started
December 6, 2008
Group
Contenders
Recipes
BootsMcGraw's recipes
Player ID
82314
IRC Name
BootsMcGraw
About Me

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.

My tetramer design for puzzle 2121 was chosen as the Design of the Month - April 2022. https://youtu.be/V_nQ5bd9oUs?t=329


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.

Ranks

Puzzle CategorySolo RankEvolver Rank
Overall 10 18
Symmetry 11 10
Design 11 15
Small Molecule Design 12 11
Intermediate 11 13
Novice 14 18
Prediction 15 17
Electron Density 26 25
Advanced 28 -
Beginner 2165 -
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Soloist Puzzle Scores

PuzzleBest ScorePointsRankAchieved
2202: Two-sided Strand Binder Design: Round 6 18,981 21 34 minutes ago
2204: SARS-CoV-2 helicase CACHE Challenge: Round 1 15,266 19 1 day ago
2201: Monkeypox H3 Binder Design: Round 4 13,538 57 9 3 days ago
2200: Revisiting Puzzle 150: Rosetta Decoy 12 11,314 50 13 5 days ago
2199: Two-sided Strand Binder Design: Round 5 19,193 41 12 5 days ago

Evolver Puzzle Scores

PuzzleBest ScorePointsRankAchieved
2199: Two-sided Strand Binder Design: Round 5 19,653 19 5 6 days ago
2193: Symmetric Pentamer Design with AlphaFold Predictions 21,096 1 15 21 days ago
2192: Monkeypox H3 Binder Design: Round 2 13,643 1 13 24 days ago
2191: Electron Density Reconstruction 12 18,699 1 17 26 days ago
2188: Revisiting Puzzle 147: Rosetta Decoy 10 11,959 1 12 about 1 month ago

Achievements


Junior Soloist
Achieved Soloist rank 30 or better in at least 5 puzzles
Veteran Soloist
Achieved Soloist rank 20 or better in at least 10 puzzles
Master Soloist
Achieved Soloist rank 10 or better in at least 15 puzzles
Junior Evolver
Achieved Evolver rank 30 or better in at least 5 puzzles
Veteran Evolver
Achieved Evolver rank 20 or better in at least 10 puzzles
Master Evolver
Achieved Evolver rank 10 or better in at least 15 puzzles
Junior Debugger
Reported 1 bug that was fixed by the Foldit team
Veteran Debugger
Reported 3 bug that was fixed by the Foldit team
Master Debugger
Reported 8 bug that was fixed by the Foldit team
Junior Consultant
Provided 1 feature/suggestion feedback that was implemented by the Foldit team
Veteran Consultant
Provided 3 feature/suggestion feedbacks that were implemented by the Foldit team
Master Consultant
Provided 8 feature/suggestion feedbacks that were implemented by the Foldit team
Baby Steps
Complete 10 moves
Step Routine
Complete 100 moves
Moving Up
Complete 1000 moves
Professional Mover
Complete 10000 moves
Mover and Shaker
Complete 100000 moves
Perpetual Motion Machine
Complete 1000000 moves
Beyond Perpetual Motion
Complete 10000000 moves
Sidechains
Finish all of the 'Sideschains' intro puzzles
Backbone Packing
Finish all of the 'Backbone Packing' intro puzzles
Hydrogen Bonding
Finish all of the 'Hydrogen Bonding' intro puzzles
Hydrophobics and Hydrophilics
Finish all of the 'Hydrophobics and Hydrophilics' intro puzzles
Protein Design
Finish all of the 'Protein Design' intro puzzles
Tools and Types
Finish all of the 'Tools and Types' intro puzzles
Sequences
Finish all of the 'Sequences' intro puzzles
More Molecules
Finish all of the 'More Molecules' intro puzzles
Conditional Quests
Finish all of the 'Conditional Quests' intro puzzles
Blueprints
Finish all of the 'Blueprints' intro puzzles
Evolver
Improve someone else's solution by evolving it
Teamwork
Share a solution with your group