Classes and Events

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Take advantage of customized programming for faculty, staff, and student researchers at any of the Research Hub locations or online. Classes and events at all three Hub locations are available on the Research Hub Events Calendar.

In-person and online attendance options are available for most classes.

Request an HSL class for a group or ask us about other topics by contacting Ask A Librarian.

Suggest a class or event topic for the Research Hub by contacting hsl-hubprograms@listserv.unc.edu.

The Research Hub @ HSL offers classes throughout the year on the topics listed below. Filter the list by topic category to quickly review the classes of most interest to you.

ArcGIS I (with health data focus)

This hands-on workshop provides an overview of ArcGIS software for beginners. Data resources from the UNC Libraries are introduced, and the core functionality of the software is demonstrated and explored with hands-on exercises.

Category: Data Visualization & GIS
Sponsor: Research Hub

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ArcGIS II (with health data focus)

This hands-on short course builds upon the introductory ArcGIS I (with health data focus) class offered previously. Exercises focus on a variety of the tools and functionality of ArcMap, including importing, geocoding, joining, and manipulating data within ArcMap. Prerequisites: This course presumes at least beginner experience in using ArcGIS, so attendees should have some prior experience.

Category: Data Visualization & GIS
Sponsor: Research Hub

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Basic Endnote

This Basic Endnote Class covers the fundamental functions of the Endnote software. Build your library, managing your sources, and inserting your citations into your documents will be the focus of what we will cover. This class is structured for new to beginning users.

Category: Literature Searching & Citation Management
Sponsor: Health Sciences Library

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Basic F1000 Workspace

This F1000 Workspace class covers the fundamental functions of the F1000 system. Creating your account, managing your sources, and inserting your citations into your documents will be the focus of what we will cover. This class is structured for new to beginning users. We will also cover transferring citations from other management systems such as RefWorks and EndNote into F1000 Workspace.

Category: Literature Searching & Citation Management
Sponsor: Health Sciences Library

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Basic Mendeley

This Basic Mendeley class covers the fundamental functions of the Mendeley system. Creating your account, managing your sources, and inserting your citations into your documents will be the focus of what we will cover. This class is structured for new to beginning users.

Category: Literature Searching & Citation Management
Sponsor: Research Hub

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BBTools: A Toolbox for High Throughput Sequencing Data Analysis

The BBTools suite contains tools that assist with multiple types of high throughput (HT)-sequencing data analysis.  After an overview of tools included in the BBTools toolbox, we will learn how to use “bbduk” (decontamination using k-mers) for scanning/trimming data to remove adapter contamination. This will be followed by “bbmap” (sequence data aligner) which we will use to align the test data sequence.

Series: Basic Bioinformatics Tools
Category: Bioinformatics
Sponsor: Research Hub

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Designing Effective Posters

The UNC HSL staff will teach you about poster design elements, the design process, and how to get started creating a poster in PowerPoint.

Series: Accelerate Your Research
Category: Presentation Support
Sponsor: Research Hub

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Differential Expression Analysis of RNAseq Data

RNAseq provides a snapshot of the transcription state of the cells from which RNA was harvested. One of the most common applications of this sequencing data is to look at changes in the transcriptome state between two or more conditions the cells were exposed to. We will discuss the various considerations in analyzing RNAseq data and run through a practical example using DESeq2.

Series: Basic Bioinformatics Tools
Category: Bioinformatics
Sponsor: Research Hub

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Finding Funding/Grants

The class covers how to create an account in PIVOT/COS, how to create a basic funding search, and how to save searches. It also provides ideas on other resources available to find funding/grants opportunities.

Series: Accelerate Your Research
Category: Grant Funding
Sponsor: Research Hub

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Intro to 3D Printing

Interested in 3D printing but don’t know where to start? Come learn about some tools that will help you bring your ideas to the physical world.

Category: Prototyping
Sponsor: Research Hub

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Intro to Census Concepts

Do you know that variables like income and educational attainment are no longer part of the decennial census? Do you understand the differences between the decennial long form methodology and that of the American Community Survey (ACS)? If your answer to these questions is no, please attend this class before coming to the data access classes. We compare and contrast content and methodology of the decennial census long form and the ACS, and review Census terminology and geographies.

Category: Data Sources
Sponsor: Research Hub

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Introduction to Clinical Genomics (NIH class via videoconferencing)

This class describes how to access information about genes and their variants associated with diseases and the impact of variants on drug response and dosing guidelines. The class also provides an introduction to determination of the impact of the variants on function, pathogenicity or deleteriousness. Topics to be covered include: Types of sequence variants, nomenclature for the description of sequence variants by the Human Genome Variation Society (HGVS), introduction to resources to access information about genes and their variants associated with diseases, introduction to resources to obtain information about the impact of variants on drug response and dosing guidelines, and introduction to resources for functional, pathogenicity, or deleteriousness annotation of variants.

Series: Basic Bioinformatics Tools
Category: Bioinformatics
Sponsor: Research Hub

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Introduction to i2b2

i2b2 is a self-service, cohort discovery tool developed by the NC TraCS Institute. i2b2 allows you to explore and query clinical data that have been deidentified and aggregated. You can use i2b2 to evaluate the feasibility of a study and explore new areas of research. Data domains include demographics, encounter details, diagnoses, and procedures and recently added patient vitals and laboratory tests.

To use i2b2, you must have a valid UNC-Chapel Hill ONYEN and have completed the 1.5 hour Introduction to i2b2 training. For more information and to register for training visit http://tracs.unc.edu/index.php/services/biomedical-informatics/i2b2

Category: Clinical Research
Sponsor: Research Hub

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Introduction to Next Generation Sequencing Data and Quality Control

Genome wide analysis of gene expression has been a popular technique since the advent of microarrays. Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) technology was applied for this purpose early in the life cycle and has since become one of the most popular uses of NGS. We start with a general overview of NGS technologies and consider commonly used data formats. Because of time/space constraints, we use a small subset of sequences (derived from a real dataset). The instructor introduces FastQC which is a popular application used for quality control (QC) of NGS data. We then take a look at examples of results from FastQC (aside from the one we will run on our test data). This is followed by an overview of data scanning/trimming programs. These programs look for contaminating sequences (e.g. adapters) and can also trim data based on various other criteria.

Series: Basic Bioinformatics Tools
Category: Bioinformatics
Sponsor: Research Hub

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NIH Biosketch & Federal Public Access Policies

This class covers the NIH and AHRQ Public Access Policies and their compliance requirements, including a hands-on tour of the bibliography management and compliance monitoring functions in My NCBI. The class also introduces the new NIH Biographical Sketch format requirements effective for NIH and AHRQ grant applications submitted on or after May 25, 2015. It includes a walk through of the logistical steps in My NCBI for 1) NIH/AHRQ Policy compliance and 2) preparing a bibliography with a public link for addition to the new Biosketch. Participants have the opportunity to login and follow along with their own My NCBI accounts. The target audiences for this session include NIH- or AHRQ-funded investigators, including trainees, and research staff serving as delegates for investigators.

Series: Accelerate Your Research
Category: Funding Agency Compliance
Sponsor: Research Hub

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Systematic Reviews, Part 1: Laying the foundation

This 90-minute session leads you through the foundational aspects of conducting a systematic review. We give a brief background and history of a systematic review and consider why you might want to conduct one. The class also outlines the steps of conducting a systematic review and discusses some of the methods and processes involved, such as: creating and refining a topic, developing a protocol, selecting and searching databases, managing your results, and sifting and selecting studies.

Series: Accelerate Your Research
Category: Literature Searching & Citation Management
Sponsor: Research Hub

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Systematic Reviews, Part 2: Performing the review

This 90-minute session continues the journey from laying the foundation of your review to actually performing it and preparing for publication. In this class we talk about: screening processes, data extraction and the details to include, quality assessment of selected studies, and qualitative synthesis. We also discuss some tools that are available to aid you in these steps.

Series: Accelerate Your Research
Category: Literature Searching & Citation Management
Sponsor: Research Hub

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Tableau I (with health data focus)

Tableau is a user-friendly software application used to create static or interactive visualizations and dashboards. The drag-and-drop interface provides tools to build a variety of visualizations with no coding required, and visualizations can be embedded in websites by copying and pasting embed code. In this workshop, participants create basic visualizations and an interactive dashboard in Tableau Public.

Category: Data Visualization & GIS
Sponsor: Research Hub

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Tableau II (with health data focus)

This workshop helps attendees improve upon basic web-based interactive visualizations and dashboards covered in Tableau I. Topics covered include: Dashboards, Stories, Filters and linked visualizations, Custom maps, and more! Note: Participants should create an account at public.tableau.com before the workshop in order to save their work to the web.

Category: Data Visualization & GIS
Sponsor: Research Hub

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UNC Open Access Policy: What it means for you

In April 2015, the UNC Faculty Council recommended that the University adopt an open access policy in order to disseminate the fruits of its research and scholarship as widely as possible.  Scholarly articles will be deposited in an open access repository.  UNC implemented this Open Access Policy (http://policies.unc.edu/policies/open-access/) in January 2016. Join Julie Rudder, Repository Librarian for the Carolina Digital Repository in Library and Information Technology, and Anne Gilliland, Scholarly Communications Officer, as they demonstrate the self-submission form and answer frequently-asked questions about the policy.

Category: Funding Agency Compliance
Sponsor: Research Hub

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UNIX for Biologists, Part 1: Introduction

The ability to operate in a command line environment is becoming increasingly valuable in the genomics era. This workshop and the subsequent “UNIX for Biologists, Part 2: Killdevil” workshop are designed for experimental biologists who want to familiarize themselves with UNIX. This workshop provides a very basic introduction to the UNIX operating system. Participants learn how to login (software required/procedure) and interact with a UNIX server. We cover basic UNIX system commands for interacting with the server and navigating the file system. We also learn about UNIX directory structure organization and file permissions.

Series: Basic Bioinformatics Tools
Category: Bioinformatics
Sponsor: Research Hub

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UNIX for Biologists, Part 2: Killdevil

The ability to operate in a command line environment is becoming increasingly valuable in the genomics era. This workshop and the earlier “UNIX for Biologists, Part 1: Introduction” workshop are designed for experimental biologists who want to familiarize themselves with UNIX. This workshop provides a very basic introduction to the UNIX operating system. Participants learn how to login (software required/procedure) and interact with a UNIX server. We cover basic UNIX system commands for interacting with the server and navigating the file system. We also learn about UNIX directory structure organization and file permissions.

Series: Basic Bioinformatics Tools
Category: Bioinformatics
Sponsor: Research Hub

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Web Mapping with ArcGIS Online

You do not need to be a GIS expert or a web programmer to make great-looking, informative web maps. In this workshop, GIS Librarian, Amanda Henley, teaches participants the basics of ArcGIS Online, a popular web mapping tool. ArcGIS Online allows you to map your own data on top of an impressive library of base maps.

Category: Data Visualization & GIS
Sponsor: Research Hub

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Last modified: 05/28/17