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Mendeley, and GapMinder

Probably the most interesting and useful things (to me) explored on Day 1 of the workshop were Gapminder and Mendeley.

Mendeley is something I really need to help organize my research. I was saving papers in random folders on my drive with a system that made sense at one time, at least until it very messy. Mendeley allows tagging and exploring similar papers and generally much better organization. We also explored GapMinder. This appears to be a very fun and useful tool for data visualization. I appreciate how it allows one to interact with the data and explore relationships.

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Thomas Lane (Bioquest day 1)

The bulk of the first day regarded becoming aquatinted with tools thought to be commonly (or should) be used by scientists.  Such as: a way to organize resources (Mendeley), a way to quickly share indexed information (Diigo, although more like a glorified bookmarking system) and the basics of readers (such as Google Reader).  The most useful tool out of this set was Mendeley, the other two are really more of a personal preference of how one organizes information, perhaps unnecessarily adding layers of complexity.

The second portion of the Bioquest presentation regarding mathematical modeling was by far more applicable.  Gapminder is a useful tool that is very easy to jump into and start using (the applications are apparent).  The actual step by step process of modeling cancer in a specific case was insightful.  For experimentalists this offers a sort of step toward how computationalists approach questions/hypotheses, which seems like the major aim of this workshop.

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Bioquest Day 1

I really liked the visual representation of graphs in gapminder, however I wish it was easier to use for personal research.  I will be checking out the google version for my personal research.  I also was very interested in Mendeley but when I downloaded my papers into Mendeley it quickly reached capacity for personal papers.  I also didn’t see an option where I could automatically enter citations and have mendeley correct their order in the bibliography, which is something that endnote will do.

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Day 1

Gapminder and Mendeley were interesting to learn about and potentially useful, and the math and excel refreshers were a good way to get my brain back in gear for the semester.   I’m not so sure about the other online tools though.  I don’t really see myself ever using them, and I also have privacy concerns about the social aspects.

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Bioquest Day 1

Gapminder is pretty cool but I  don’t see myself ever using it.Mendeley seems to be very useful but I will have a difficult time switching over from endnote. Also the social parts of all the things we did creeps me out. With privacy being such a scarce commodity these days I’m hesitant to make more things public.

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BioQuest Day 1

Today was a great way to jump into working with a computer, with technology expanding and basically taking over learning as we know it; I was extremely happy to have learned about RSS and all its capabilities. As for the second half of the day, that is my element so that was a blast, I enjoyed seeing all the ways one could use excel to analyze data. Gapminder a program we looked at is wonderfully well thought out. It was remarkable to be able to control so many parameters and details about the graph and get a comprehensive visualization. The movie capabilities and the fact that there were links to the raw data that could be imported into excel really blew my mind. I can definitely see myself using this tool and am glad I got the opportunity to play with it today.

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Shalanda

Hello, my name is Shalanda Satchell and I’m a first year student in the Department of Mathematics at University of Tennessee. My current research interest is mathematical biology.  If you share my interests, review these links:

PEER Fellows Group Page in Mendeley lists journal articles of interest.  The research aim of the papers listed is at the interface of math and biology http://www.mendeley.com/groups/1328253/peer-2011-shared-papers/ .  You can also visit this page in google reader http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/505777/description

If you would prefer to read news articles:

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Tara Kemfort Introduction

My name is Tara Kemfort and I am a PEER student in the ecology and evolutionary biology department.  I did my undergraduate coursework in biology at Penn State.  My undergraduate thesis used population modeling techniques to examine the effects of investigator disturbance on the productivity of ring-billed gulls.  My research interests are in theoretical evolutionary ecology, particularly the evolution of dispersal, and I built my tracking system around these research areas.

My google reader page

My Diigo page

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Tanmoy intro

Hi Im frm INDIA n i did my master’s in biochem. i m in bcmb dept for phd.

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Sara – Introduction

My name is Sara Abdelmageed and I am a PhD student with the math department. I am at UTK as part of the PEER program. I have moved from NJ after completing my B.S with a double major in Mathematics and Biology at Ursinus College. I am interested in going into math biology research, specifically mathematical modeling of infectious diseases and epidemiology studies. I have previously done research, modeling and conducting sensitivity analysis on Vancomycin Resistant Enterococci, in order to see which factors are most influential when it comes to preventing an epidemic.

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