CyVerse Seminar and Workshops

The IDI-BD2K project presents a seminar and workshop on CyVerse


“Computational Learning, Thinking, and Doing in 21st Century Biology”

Jason Williams
Assistant Director
External Collaborations Lead, CyVerse EOT
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Day: Dec. 3, 2019
Time: 12:00 -1:00pm
Place: Amphitheater JGD-123
Julio Garcia Diaz Building
Rio Piedras Campus
University of Puerto Rico


DAY 1: General Introduction to CyVerse- Transforming Science through Data-Driven Discovery

Date: Dec. 4, 2019
Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm
Place: Multipurpose Room
Natural Sciences Library

DAY 2: Using and Customizing Reproducible Workflows in CyVerse
CyVerse Workshop :

Date: Dec. 5, 2019
Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm
Place: Multipurpose Room
Natural Sciences Library

IDI-BD2K Poster Session – Wednesday November 7, 2018

Want to know what IDI-BD2K students did last summer? To kick off BD2K week, we will have a poster session Wednesday November 7 from 11:30AM-12:50PM in the lobby of the New Natural Sciences Building in UPR Rio Piedras.

Come see the student’s work and find out how you can participate in a summer internship at one of the National Institutes of Health funded Centers of Excellence in Biomedical Big Data to Knowledge.

Seminar: Exploring Data Science: Application to Biotech Manufacturing

NOTE: Room Change!

The IDI-BD2K program is pleased to present a seminar:

“Exploring Data Science: Application to Biotech Manufacturing”


Pablo J. Rosado, PhD
Senior Engineer, Amgen
Digital Integration and Predictive Technologies

Wednesday, October 3, 2018
New Natural Sciences
NCL A-231
Rio Piedras Campus
University of Puerto Rico
Flyer for seminar

New estimate of deaths from Hurricane Maria

Our friend and colleague, Rafa Irizarry, released a new analysis of death records recently released by the Institute of Statistics.

He has released a preprint on bioarxiv, and most of the data and all the code on github.

Report from the August 2018 Data Carpentry Workshop in Puerto Rico

The IDI-BD2K project organized a Data Carpentry Genomics workshop at the University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras Campus, sponsored by the South Big Data Hub.

The workshop was a resounding success with 35 learners registered, and 13 more on a waiting list. Attendees ranged from undergraduate and graduate students to faculty and staff. We need to do more Carpentries workshops!

Photo of workshop venue showing Participants in the Data Carpentry Genomics workshop
Participants in the Data Carpentry Genomics workshop

Instructors were Nelly Selem from Mexico and Humberto Ortiz-Zuazaga from Rio Piedras, and a group of volunteer helpers: Eveliz Peguero, Sebastian Cruz, Israel Dilán, Abraham Avelar, and Kevin Legarreta Gonzalez.

Carpentry workshops teach foundational coding and data science skills to researchers, so they are a great match for IDI-BD2K’s goal of creating diverse teams of scientists looking at turning biological data into biomedical knowledge.

Participants learned how to manipulate next generation sequencing data to see variants in a population of E. coli. To do this, they used cloud computing resources, logged in remotely, processed files on the command line, and wrote scripts to automate parts of the analysis.

Example responses from learners on something they learned at the workshop.
What I learned at the workshop.

The Carpentries also disseminate best practices on teaching in STEM, as informed by research and the instructor’s experience. The green and red papers on learners desks or laptops are one example. Learners are asked to place the green paper on their laptop if they complete an exercise, and a red one if they get stuck. This feedback helps maintain an appropriate pace for the workshop. I forgot to use the stickies the first day of the workshop, and at times we went too fast.

Square notes with learner feedback.
One thing I didn’t like about the first day of the workshop.

Seminar: “This is how it sounds like when doves cry … and coquies sing and monkeys howl and warblers tweet and …”

The IDI-BD2K program is pleased to present a seminar.

“This is how it sounds like when doves cry … and coquies sing and monkeys howl and warblers tweet and …”


Carlos Corrada, PhD
Department of Computer Science
Rio Piedras Campus
University of Puerto Rico

Wednesday, August 29
11:30 AM – 12:50 PM

NCL A-229
New Natural Sciences Building
Rio Piedras

Flyer for seminar.

Workshop: Design Thinking. August 13-16, 2018.




AUGUST 13TH-16TH, 2018



This 4-day workshop will introduce students to the design thinking process through a series of hands-on collaborative activities combined with theoretical and practical lectures. Students will focus on a design challenge of their choosing and ground their process in a human need. By utilizing creative problem solving techniques, students will seek to understand the problem from the user’s perspective, generate ideas, make their ideas tangible, and gather actionable feedback. Collaboration as well as communicating their ideas and crafting a compelling narrative will be a consistent thread throughout the workshop.


Data Carpentry Genomics workshop August 17-18, 2018

South Big Data Hub/DataUP/Georgia Tech are sponsoring a Data Carpentry Genomics workshop with IDI-BD2K in Rio Piedras August 17-18, 2018.

Genomics Project Organization

  • Data tidiness
  • Planning NGS Projects
  • Examining Data on NCBI SRA database

The Unix Shell

  • Files and directories
  • Pipes and redirection
  • Creating and running shell scripts
  • Organizing bioinformatics projects

Wrangling Genomics Data

  • Assessing Read Quality
  • Trimming and Filtering Reads
  • Variant Calling
  • Automation

Cloud computing

  • What is the cloud
  • Logging into the cloud
  • Setting up your environment
  • Moving data and results to and from the cloud

See the course page for details and registration: