ANA BELL

I'm Ana Bell, a lecturer in the EECS Department at MIT for Introduction to Computer Science and Programming using Python (6.0001), Introduction to Computational Thinking and Data Science (6.0002), and an instructor for these on edX. I received my Bachelor of Applied Science in 2007 from the University of British Columbia in Canada. I received my MA in 2009 and my PhD in 2013 from Princeton University. My research was in computational biology with the Troyanskaya Lab, specifically using computational techniques to answer the questions: what do genes do, and how do genes interact with each other and other small molecules?

I now have a book published, called Get Programming: Learn to code with Python, from Manning Publications. My aim was to write an easy-to-follow book that guides anyone who has never programmed before through short lessons and exercises, with the ultimate goal of having them learn their first real programming language! The book ramps up slowly, and I hope it makes programming not intimidating. You don't have to make a career out of programming -- harness its power to help you automate small tasks in your life!

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CV + Courses Taught

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  • MIT, Fall 2014 - present
    6.0001 - Introduction to Computer Science and Programming Using Python
  • MIT, Fall 2014 - present
    6.0002 - Introduction to Computational Thinking and Data Science
  • MIT, 2013
    6.00 - Introduction to Computer Science and Programming
  • MITx on edX, Fall 2013 - present
    edX 6.00.1x - Introduction to Computer Science and Programming Using Python
  • MITx on edX, Fall 2013 - present
    edX 6.00.2x - Introduction to Computational Thinking and Data Science
  • W.E.B. Dubois Scholars Institute, 2009 and 2012
    Computer Engineering
  • Princeton University, 2009
    ISC 234 - Introduction to Computer Science for Integrated Science
  • Princeton University, 2008
    CS 126 - Introduction to Computer Science

My CV last updated December 2015

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Projects

I wrote a book! Get Programming: Learn to Code with Python.
There is also a companion video series in the works! Get Programming with Python in Motion


My podcast with Podcast.__init__.

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Address

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ray and Maria Stata Center, Room 32-G885
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
Email: anabell [ at ] mit [ dot ] edu
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