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Data Visualization Workshop

A well-designed figure can have a huge impact on the communication of research results. This workshop will introduce key principles and resources for visualizing data:

  • Choosing when to use a visualization
  • Selecting the best visualization type for your data
  • Choosing design elements that increase clarity and impact
  • Avoiding visualization issues that obscure or distort data
  • Finding tools for generating visualizations

Date: Thursday, July 7

Time: 12 - 1 pm

Location: Bioscience Library Training Room, 2189 VLSB (inside the library). Please, no food or drink in the Training Room.

Open to all interested students and researchers; no registration is required.

Questions? Contact

Jun 23, 2016 | Categories: News, Workshops | Becky Miller

New bioscience journals

The Life and Health Sciences Division of the UC Berkeley Library has recently purchased access to the following subscription resources:

  • Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine and its associated Subject Collections offer review articles on the molecular and cellular bases of disease, translational medicine, and emerging therapeutic strategies. With the addition of CSH Perspectives in Medicine, UC Berkeley researchers now have access to all of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press journals.
  • Current Protocols in Stem Cell Biology provides protocols for the isolation, characterization, and differentiation of embryonic and adult stem cells.
  • Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE): Developmental Biology offers video articles on research methodologies in the field of developmental biology in vitro and in vivo at the molecular, cellular, tissue, organ and whole organism levels.
  • Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews (WIREs):

    • WIREs Developmental Biology is published in association with the Society for Developmental Biology and covers topics in cell and molecular biology, stem cell biology, plant biology, evolutionary biology, anatomy, physiology, and neuroscience.
    • WIREs RNA offers review articles on topics related to RNA, including structure and dynamics, evolution and genomics, interactions with proteins and other molecules, translation, processing, disease and development, and methods.
    • WIREs Systems Biology and Medicine covers topics in medicine, biology, physiology, computational biology and modeling, and bioengineering.

For more information, please contact

Apr 22, 2016 | Categories: News, Resource update | esmith

Open Genomic Data Repositories & Analysis Resources workshop

This workshop will introduce you to the rich ecosystem of genomic data repositories and analysis tools available for discovery and utilization of open genomic data. We will focus on a handful of bioinformatics tools that are accessible to researchers without programming expertise. We will also review current publisher and funder data sharing policies to understand "open data" as it relates to genomic research.

We will spend the last 45 minutes of the workshop on a hands-on gene expression reanalysis use case that shows you how to:

  • Search the Gene Expression Omnibus for datasets of interest
  • Use GEO2R to analyze gene expression data and generate a list of differentially expressed genes
  • Use pathway and network tools to interpret that gene list in a biological context

Date: Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Time: 12 - 1:30 pm; this is a hands-on workshop, so please bring your own laptop

Location: D-Lab Conference Room, 371 Barrows Hall

Please register:

(Space is limited, and registered and waitlisted attendees will have priority.)

Presenter: Dr. Megan Laurance is the Research Informationist at the UCSF Library where she uses her expertise in genomic data analysis and knowledge management to help researchers get up to speed on various bioinformatics methods, databases and software, and integrate those tools into their own data analysis and interpretation workflows. Prior to becoming the Research Informationist at UCSF in 2013, Dr. Laurance spent 12 years at a genomic software and database company, and spent 10 years at the bench as a researcher studying various topics including transplantation biology, transcription, and cancer.

Questions? Please contact

Apr 15, 2016 | Categories: News, Workshops | esmith

Laptop lending at the Bioscience Library

MacBook Air laptops are now available for lending at the Bioscience & Natural Resources Library. Students may check out laptops for one-day - long enough to finish that paper, use for a class presentation, or watch a few movies!

Laptops run Windows or OSX and are loaded with the following software: Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite, Java, Flash, RealPlayer, QuickTime, Silverlight. Technical details, circulation information, and the library's device lending policies can be found on the Library FAQ.

Apr 05, 2016 | Categories: News | skoskinen

NCBI Workshop: SRA and dbGaP

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On Wednesday, March 23 from 9 - 11 am PDT, NCBI staff will present a workshop for advanced users of SRA and dbGaP who are interested in using public datasets, and:

  • Use and move large genomic datasets,
  • Use cloud computing for analyzing genomic datasets,
  • Express an interest in doing parallel work on genomic datasets,
  • Or are well-versed in RNA-Seq, variant calling, or metagenomics.

The registration link lists the specific topics the workshop will cover. For a more general explanation of NCBI's genomic resources, please visit NCBI Learn for webinars and factsheets pertaining to dbGaP, SRA, and more.

Reposted from NCBI News.

Mar 17, 2016 | Categories: News, Workshops | esmith

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