Here is a table of available workshops; sign up for workshops via this form.  

All university-paid fellows should participate in the Science Writing series on June 11 and July 2.

 

Summer 2021
Workshop & Minicourse Schedule

Date 

Topic

Presenters

Additional Description

June 3
1:00p-3:00p EDT

Lab Safety

Bill Nelligan

Required for all on campus students.

In person: Exley 150                                         

June 3
3:30p-4:30p EDT

Animal Training

Pete Shatos

Required for any students working with animals.

In person: Exley 150 

June 4

3:30p-5:00p EDT

Introduction to Raspberry Pi

Kelly Thayer

Are you interested in using computers to control devices? Are you interested in going beyond the capabilities of Arduino? Or maybe you just want to build your own mini-computer the size of a credit card! This is the first workshop in a series for building your own Raspberry Pi minicomputer. Join Prof. Thayer to learn more about the Pi, and write your first program for the Pi in preparation for building your minicomputer in the upcoming workshops. Knowledge of Python is useful but not required to participate.​

Meeting ID: 586 776 0570

June 7-8 4:00p-5:30p

June 9
3:30p-5:00p EDT

 

Working with Unix: Text Editors (& Getting Started with Cluster)

                        

Kelly Thayer

                                    

Will you be using the high performance cluster in your research?  Or perhaps you are just curious about working with a new operating system.  Join us for a three-part introduction geared towards teaching you the essentials of getting started with working in the UNIX environment on Cottontail, Wesleyan’s own supercomputer! Topics covered include an overview of HPC, logging in remotely, working with text editors, basic UNIX commands, and essential scripting skills.

June 7 UNIX: Introduction to the High Performance Cluster

June 8 UNIX: Text Editors

June 9 UNIX: Essential Shell Scripting 

Meeting ID: 586 776 0570

June 7

11:00-1:00p, 2:00p-4:00p EDT

Working with R

Robert Kabacoff

Zoom Link

June 8

11:00-1:00p, 2:00p-4:00p EDT

Working with Python

Pavel Olienikov

Zoom Link

June 11

10:00-11:00; 11:30a-12:30p EDT

Science Writing and Reporting your Research 1

Beth Hepford; Lauren Silber

Writing for STEM disciplines differs from the writing you will encounter in other courses.  STEM writing is structured and intentional.  These workshops are designed to introduce you to common structural patterns in STEM writing and help you present your work in the most effective way possible.

Zoom Link

June 16

3:30p-5:00p EDT

 

 

Molecular Visualization with VMD and PyMol

Kelly Thayer

Will you be working with PDB files in your research?  Perhaps you are curious about how to display and color your own figures, wish to explore a macromolecule, or render your own publication quality figure, or even make an animated figure for your powerpoint slides to impress your audience.  Learn how with two of the most powerful molecular visualization software packages: Visual Molecular Dynamics (VMD) and PyMol!

Meeting ID: 586 776 0570

June 18

10:00a-11:00a EDT

Publish or Perish

Barbara Jean Juhasz, Francis Starr, Ellen Thomas

Join Profs. Barbara Juhasz, Francis Starr and Ellen Thomas discuss scientific publishing and preparing your work for publication.  All of them have valuable experiences as editors and reviewers for scientific journals and will also give pointers on how to address reviewers’ concerns. 

They recommend reading this article before attending the workshop:

How you should read Coronavirus studies, or any science paper.

Link:
https://www.nytimes.com/article/how-to-read-a-science-study-coronavirus.html

Zoom meeting: Link
In person room: Shanklin 107

June 23

3:30-5:00p EDT

 

 

Data Visualization with Python

Kelly Thayer

Do you need to graph your data with publication quality clarity?  Are you interested in 3D graphics? Python’s matplotlib provides a flexible array of utilities to quickly analyze and graph your data.  Learn how to quickly create and customize graphs of your data using Python. Programming knowledge is helpful but not necessary. 

Meeting ID: 586 776 0570

June 25

11:00-12:30p EDT

Exploratory data analysis and Visualization

Robert Kabacoff

Zoom Link

June 28

11:00-12:30p EDT

Exploratory data analysis and Visualization

Robert Kabacoff

Zoom Link

June 29

11:00-12:30p EDT

Exploratory data analysis and Visualization

Robert Kabacoff

Zoom Link

June 30

11:00-12:30p EDT

Exploratory data analysis and Visualization 

Robert Kabacoff

 

Zoom Link

June 30

12:00p-1:00p EDT

Financial Education Lasts a Lifetime

McNair Program

Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 945 2748 9608

Passcode: summer2021

June 30
3:30p-5:00p

Data Analysis with MATLAB

 

Kelly Thayer

Do you need to automate analysis and graphing of your datasets?  Would the power of built-in functions advance your analysis capabilities?  Learn how to quickly analyze datasets and create professional publication quality graphics with MATLAB! BYOD (Bring your own data) or work with our test set.  We are here to help you unleash the power of MATLAB. Prior MATLAB experience is not required. 

Meeting ID: 586 776 0570

July 2

10:00-11:00; 11:30a-12:30p EDT

Science Writing and Reporting your Research 2

Beth Hepford; Lauren Silber

Writing for STEM disciplines differs from the writing you will encounter in other courses.  STEM writing is structured and intentional.  These workshops are designed to introduce you to common structural patterns in STEM writing and help you present your work in the most effective way possible.

Zoom Link

Jul 7

1:00p-
2:30p EDT 

Resume and Cover Letter Writing

Jacob Gonzalez

 This interactive workshop is ideal for all students. If you are just getting started writing your first resume and/or cover letter, we’ll help you leave with an awesome first draft. Maybe you need a resume and/or cover letter revamp? We can help you improve your resume or cover letter (no matter how good it is). Learn insider tips to assure your resume/cover letter gets noticed by employers. 

 

Meeting ID: 970 5653 2199
Passcode: 567502

July 7

3:30-5:00p EDT

 

 

Introduction to Machine Learning

Kelly Thayer

Join us for an introduction to Machine Learning where we will talk about how tools like deep learning and neural nets can be used to make predictions about data. We will introduce the general principles used in learning, common pitfalls, and how to avoid them.  We will also preview a variety of the models that can be used in machine learning, several of which are the focus of the subsequent workshops.

Meeting ID: 586 776 0570

July 9

12:00p-1:00p 

University of Maryland College Park Graduate School Admissions Information Session

McNair Program

Zoom Link - CANCELLED 

July 12

2:30p-4:30p

Single-molecule Imaging 1

Candice Etson

POSTPONED TO FALL 

July 12-15

To Be Scheduled

Single-molecule Imaging 2

Candice Etson 

POSTPONED TO FALL 

July 13

1:00p-4:30p EDT

Fun in the Makerspace

Shawn Lopez

 

Come see what the Ideas Lab Makerspace has to offer! Centered around the production of a laser-cut box made from 1/8th inch MDF, we will learn the basics of digital fabrication technology. From pixels and vectors to sandpaper and glue, activate your hands, your mind and your imagination. No experience necessary, but it will help if you’ve used Illustrator and Photoshop before.

In Person, limited to 12 seats

July 14
3:30p-5:00p EDT

 

Markov State Models with Object Oriented Programming

Kelly Thayer

Are you interested in applying machine learning techniques to data sets? In today's workshop, we will discuss Markov state models. Programming of machine learning tools is heavily reliant on object oriented programming, so if your Python OOP skills are a little rusty, we will also help you brush up for this workshop and ML in general.

Meeting ID: 586 776 0570

July 15

1:00p-4:30p EDT

Fun in the Makerspace

Shawn Lopez

 

Come see what the Ideas Lab Makerspace has to offer! Centered around the production of a laser-cut box made from 1/8th inch MDF, we will learn the basics of digital fabrication technology. From pixels and vectors to sandpaper and glue, activate your hands, your mind and your imagination. No experience necessary, but it will help if you’ve used Illustrator and Photoshop before.

In Person, limited to 12 seats

July 16

11am-12pm

Mindfulness

Rabbi David Teva

POSTPONED TO FALL 

July 16

2:30p-4:30p

 

Single-molecule Imaging 3

 Candice Etson

POSTPONED TO FALL 

July 19

1:00p-2:30p EDT

Poster Preparation and Presentation

Jeffrey Goetz

Learn about the considerations that go into making a standout conference poster in this session with Jeffrey Goetz, Associate Director of Wesleyan’s Center for Pedagogical Innovation and head of the Wesleyan Presentation Studio. How do you design a poster that conveys all the information you want while also being engaging enough to draw people in? What do you need to think about with respect to colors, sizes, imagery, and – of course – content? Once you have the ideas, what considerations go into an effective digital presentation that are unique to the medium, and how will you create a short video to connect with more people? We’ll help you conceive and create the perfect poster for your research and answer your questions about the process.

Zoom link

Meeting ID: 971 7097 6591

Passcode: 281665

July 20

10a-11a EDT

Design Break: Drawing With Code

Christopher Chenier

Join Professor of the Practice Chris Chenier for a fun, hands-on workshop looking at the ways artists and designers use code to draw with computers. Professor Chenier will share quick and easy tips for writing software to generate patterns, interactive sketches, and animations. Participants will leave the session having written their own programs using the accessible and free coding platform, Processing. 

 

Bring a laptop. No prior experience coding necessary!

July 21
3:30-5:00p EDT

 

 

Hidden Markov Models with SciKit LearN

Kelly Thayer

Interested in learning more about Machine Learning? In today's workshop we will explore the construction of Hidden Markov Models using the SciKit Learn toolbox. This is one of the central components on which TensorFlow is constructed. It will therefore give you a primer on how TF ML works.

Meeting ID: 586 776 0570

July 28
3:30p-5:00p EDT

Neural Networks with TensorFlow

 

Kelly Thayer

Are you interested in how Machine Learning can be used to extract patterns and make predictions? In this workshop we will use Google's TensorFlow program to complete an end to end project.  This illustrates how ML projects can be accessible to the beginner using high end tools which can even be implemented without software installation.

Meeting ID: 586 776 0570

July 29
1:15p-
2:30p EDT

Poster Session