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!

New HSL Classes!

Three new classes have been added to the regular HSL class schedule: Google Tips and Tricks , Citation Management Overview, and Prezi.  Come try out one of these new classes as well as any of our other regularly scheduled classes! A full schedule with times and descriptions is available online at

  • Google Tips and Tricks: In this class, students will learn to use Google for more than searching online. The course will cover advanced Google search tips, Google Reader to help manage your online reading, and several other Google tips and tricks.
  • Citation Management Overview: Learn about free and for-fee options available at UC and online. This session will introduce students to RefWorks, EndNote, Zotero, and Mendeley.
  • Prezi: Looking for a new presentation software? Make your presentations more visually exciting with Prezi, a web-based presentation software.