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New England Science Symposium - Call for Abstratcts
On behalf of the Harvard Medical School Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership and the Biomedical Science Careers Program (BSCP), we are asking for your help in identifying fellows/students (particularly African-American, Hispanic/Latino and American Indian/Alaska Native individuals) involved in biomedical or health-related scientific research who would benefit from presenting their research projects at the eighteenth annual New England Science Symposium (NESS) to be held on Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts.
The deadline to submit abstracts: Deadline extended to January 15, 2019
There is no registration fee for this symposium, but pre-registration is required.
To submit abstracts and to register:

Harvard Chan Bioinformatics Core: “Introduction to R (basic data skills) workshop to be held on January 28th and 29th, 2018.
Workshop description: This 1.5 day workshop will introduce participants to the basics of using R, a simple programming environment that enables the effective handling of data, while providing excellent graphical support.
During this workshop participants will learn how to use R for:
- exploring basic data structures
- inspecting and wrangling data
 installing & working with data analysis packages
- making publication-quality plots with the ggplot2 package
***This workshop does not require any prior programming knowledge, but is a prerequisite for upcoming RNA-seq and ChIP-seq workshops.***
Cost: $35 per participant.

Sponsored by the HMS Tools and Technology Committee and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI)
Registration link and more details about the workshop:

Emerson College is looking for early career scientists/science trainees to partner with Communication and Arts undergraduates as part of a Science Communication Collaborative. Dr. Amy Vashlishan Murray moderates this bi-annual collaborative at Emerson as part of her course, Science in Translation. Undergraduates in the course utilize the scientists as a source to learn about research and communicate about the scientist and his/her work in a variety of mediums. Scientists hone their communication skills and participate in the generation student work that can serve as tools for future communication of their work to lay audiences. A one-page description of the Collaborative is attached.
Participants should be available on Tuesday or Thursday afternoons from 12-1:30 pm for participation in several communication events and training workshops at Emerson (typically 5-6 meetings between January 14 and May 1). Please respond to Amy ( express interest. In doing so, kindly (1) identify yourself, (2) describe your research area, and (3) indicate your availability to attend an informational meeting on either Tuesday January 15th at 4pm or Wednesday January 16th at 12pm.

Bioinformatics Club, formed in July 2017, aims to provide a weekly meetup for those who like bioinformatics to learn and share knowledge and skills in the interdisciplinary field. We focus on three categories of topics: Statistics & Artificial Intelligence, Tools & Resources, and Data Visualization & Presentation. Each time a short talk (30-45min) for a specific topic will be given by a speaker, with a step-by-step tutorial and practical demo. It’s open & free to everyone, incl. all slides and learning materials. However, to keep the club running, we strong recommend that every member could present at least once in the club per year.

Harvard DataFest 2019. A two-day workshop held on January 22-23, 2019, and developed by data practitioners and researchers from across the university. Hosted by the Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS), the purpose of the workshop is for participants to develop skills in working with data. It is structured around the data lifecycle, includes lectures and hands-on sessions focused on data concepts, project planning and data science workflows, processing and analysis, and finally data dissemination. It is offered to faculty, post-doctorates, graduate and undergraduate students, and staff at Harvard University. More info and to register

Harvard Chan Bioinformatics Core: Introduction to the Command-Line Interface (Shell, Bash, Unix, Linux) | Thursday, January 17, 9am-5pm | Registration limited
In this 1-day hands-on workshop participants will learn the following:
-basic shell commands for navigating the file system, exploring file contents, performing basic operations, such as moving, copying, and renaming
-how to write shell scripts and use "for" loops for efficiently running the same commands on multiple files
-how to use HMS-RC's O2 cluster for high-performance computing (HPC)
Together, this knowledge is critical for researchers looking to improve efficiency when performing computational tasks and it forms the foundation needed to analyze high-throughput sequencing data.
***This workshop does not require any prior programming knowledge, but is a prerequisite for upcoming RNA-seq and ChIP-seq workshops.***

More info and to register:

Boston Biomedical Innovation Center (B-BIC): Fast Pitch for Funding is an event hosted by the Boston Biomedical Innovation Center, that provides you the opportunity to pitch a team of experts on your research. You will receive immediate feedback with the opportunity to apply for our grant programs which can provide up to $350,000 per project, business coaching, and project management.
Wednesday, January 29 | 10am-12pm | Northeastern University, 360 Huntington Ave, McLeod Suites, in the Curry Student Center (building 50). ROOM # 318, 320, 322, Boston, MA 02111
Note - This is not a public event. To protect our researchers and their ideas we only allow our experts and the people pitching to be in the room at the time of the event.
More info and to register

Department of Genetics Nanocourse - CB 399: "Algorithmic Thinking: How you should be thinking about your data"
WHEN: February 5 2019, 3–6 PM | WHERE: TMEC 306 | LECTURERS: Avery Davis Bell, Kate Lachance | COURSE DIRECTOR: Dr. Nils Gehlenborg
You do not need to register to attend the session on February 5.
See the nanocourse website for more information or to register for the complete nanocourse (two sessions).

Harvard Catalyst Course: Understanding Biomarker Science: From Molecules to Images | May 6-9, 2019 | Application due: March 14, 2019
Free to Harvard affiliates. This course will provide an overview of the translational biomarker development pipeline from discovery to applications and commercialization.
More info and to apply:

Harvard Chan Bioinformatics Core - Spring 2019 Trainings
Introduction to R | January 10 | 1:00-4:00pm (pre-requisite for all other courses in the series)
Introduction to the tidyverse data science packages and visualizations with ggplot2 | February 6 | 1:00-3:30pm
Gene annotations and functional analysis of gene lists | March 6 | 1:00-3:30pm
Generating research analysis reports with RMarkdown | April 3 | 1:00-3:30pm
More info and registration here:

Learn Biodesign at Harvard Medical School. Biodesign is coming to Harvard Medical School! Join a multidisciplinary team to learn about unmet clinical needs and take your solution from concept to creation in twelve weeks. Students will learn how to identify needs, assess opportunities, and cultivate a lasting competitive advantage for creating innovative products and services. Participants will be placed into multidisciplinary teams and work together to develop a concept and a viable business model. Biodesign is open to students from across Harvard and the Boston community who are enrolled in or have completed a graduate level program. Register for our info session on Tuesday, January 22nd. Applications are due by Tuesday, January 29th. This course is sponsored by the Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care.
Click here to learn more about the Biodesign course and to apply, or contact with any questions!