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.