New Biomedical and Programming Workshops at the Health Sciences Library

Check out several new workshops at the UC Health Sciences Library this November!

All workshops will be held in the HSL Troup Learning Space G005G

Registration available at

Thursday, November 12, 2015, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

NLM Biomedical Informatics: Bedside to Bench with NCBI

This workshop is designed for both researchers and clinicians who are looking to identify NCBI resources for research, clinical and educational purposes. Participants will learn about NCBI, NCBI’s “Information Hubs”, and NCBI’s experimental databases. The bulk of the workshop will involve an interactive hands on demonstration of a case study where participants will assist in the diagnosis of a genetic condition, identify genetic tests for disease confirmation, and help determine of the molecular etiology of the disease all while using NCBI resources. Many of the resources used for the demonstration are new or often over looked resources that are highly useful to the basic, translational and clinical research communities.

Thursday, November 19, 2015, 9:00 am – 10:30 pm

Bioinformatics: Seeking and Finding Data

In this workshop researchers will learn to navigate the bioinformatics tools Ensembl and Cytoscape to discover information about genes, gene variants, proteins, biological pathways, comparative genomics, molecular interactions, and phenotypes associated with disease.

Thursday, November 19, 2015, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Introduction to Python

Come and learn this widely used, general purpose, high-level programming language. Python is often used as a scripting language for applications such as data processing, parsing and web services. This workshop will cover the basics of Python, including variables and data types, arrays, dictionaries, operators, conditions, loops, and functions. The focus will be on the hands-on exercises to help provide a better understanding of Python to the attendees. No programming experience is necessary.  Beginners are encouraged to attend. For supplemental information on this workshop, Registration is required for this workshop.

In addition to these workshops, we will also be teaching a data management workshop in collaboration with the Science and Engineering Libraries.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 – 850D Baldwin

Managing Data from Generation to Preservation

This 3 hour activities based workshop will examine data management principles for the various phases of data. Participants will create a data set and apply principles covering topics such as types and formats of data, file naming conventions, Readme files, metadata, backup and archiving data using UC resources, roles and responsibilities regarding data and university and national data policies.

Contact Kristen Burgess, Assistant Director for Research and Informatics, Health Sciences Library at with any questions! We look forward to seeing you in November!

Health Sciences Library Research Series 10/21-10/24


As part of Research Week 2013, sponsored by UC Health and University Academic Health Center, the UC Health Sciences Library is planning a week-long library research series.  Sessions will focus on funding, authorship issues, data management and datasets/tools.

All sessions listed in the Research Series below take place in the UC Health Sciences Library Electronic Classroom (MSB G005G).

Register for the sessions at Walk ins are welcome!

Show Me the Money
Monday, Oct. 21, 1 to 2 p.m.
Find out who funds research studies and trials and get tips for finding these sources.

Manage Your Research Identity
Monday, Oct. 21, 2 to 3 p.m.
Learn to manage your research identity using unique author identifiers. This course will provide an overview of ORCID, My ResearcherID, and the Scopus Author ID.

Data Management Planning
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 1 to 2 p.m.
Get introduced to the importance of data management planning with tips for creating a data management plan and an overview of tools in the library to help with the process.

Discovering Datasets
Thursday, Oct. 24, 1 to 2 p.m.
Learn out about data repositories including government data sets, figshare and Dryad.

NCBI Tools
Thursday, Oct. 24, 2 to 3 p.m.
Get information and training on the use of biomedical and genomic information databases of the National Center for Biomedical Informatics (NCBI).

Research Series


The Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library invites you to join them for a new Research Series the week of July 29th – August 2nd.  Sessions will be held from 12:00pm – 1:00pm in the classroom on the G-level of the Health Sciences Library.

Topics include:

  • Show Me the Money
  • NCBI Tools: An Introduction to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) Databases
  • Discovering Datasets
  • Research Data Management 101
  • Unique Author Identifiers: Manage Your Research Identify

Feel free to bring your lunch to these interactive learning sessions. The sessions are open to all. Seats are limited. View the complete Research Series schedule and register online at: