Fostering Community-Building and Networking
BIG DATA IN BIOLOGY SYMPOSIUM
The 1st Annual Symposium on Big Data in Biology (BDiB) was held May 10th, 2013, in NHB 1.720 on the UT campus. Hosted by the Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics and supported by the College of Natural Sciences Bioinformatics Initiative, this event showcased the excellent research done here at The University of Texas at Austin, including TACC (Texas Advanced Computing Center), that takes advantage of high throughput approaches, complex data and/or high performance computing.
The symposium provided an ideal opportunity for more than 140 registered attendees from UT Austin and nearby institutions with an interest in computational biology, bioinformatics, and systems biology to interact. A poster session following the symposium allowed trainees to explain their work and facilitate fruitful exchanges.
If you have any questions regarding next year's 2014 symposium, please contact Nicole Elmer.
Big Data in Biology Poster Session.
Keynote speaker, Nathan Price.
Byte Club (contact: Dhivya Arasappan)
This club is intendsed to bring the UT Bioinformatics community together to share tricks and tips, and to help resolve bioinformatics issues we may all face. The meetings include a short talk followed by general discussions about new tools, pipelines, publications etc. Some of the meetings also include brief how-to tutorials. Meets every third Wednesday of each month from 3 to 4 pm.
The NGS Club (contact: Scott Hunicke-Smith)
The NGS Club meets every third Thursday of the month and is intended to bring together the knowledgeable and the novice around NGS topics. Each meeting features a stimulating talk and an open environment for any questions on NGS.
Directed by Dr. Scott Hunicke-Smith, the GSAF provides next-gen sequencing and data processing services. For protocols, scripts, and details in pricing see https://wikis.utexas.edu/display/GSAF/Home+Page
Currently in beta testing, Appsoma (https://appsoma.com/home) – developed by CSSB Fellow Zack Simpson (http://www.mine-control.com/zack/ ) – lets the user run any app anywhere, any time. Using a concept called "Somas" (which combine code, data, and computing environment) developers can publish apps to any user, who can then run them without worrying which operating system or computer language they use. UT EID login available for more compute resources.
The BioITeam (bio - i - team, short for bioinformatics team) is a consortium of bio-computing scientists at The University of Texas comprised of scientists from CCBB, CSSB, GSAF, SSC, and TACC. Maintains a wiki with many useful tools at https://wikis.utexas.edu/display/bioiteam/Home
Software Carpentry Bootcamp (http://software-carpentry.org/)
Various reading groups organized by researchers, covering specialty topics