Past Events

  • Aug
    3

    An overview of methods for moving files onto and off of Oscar. Topics covered include: Linux command line tools for file transfer (scp, rsync, sftp), GUI-based file transfer applications, mounting Oscar’s filesystem using CIFS, and using Globus on Oscar.

    This will be a virtual workshop. Registered participants will receive an email with instructions for connecting via Zoom the day of the workshop.

    Registration: Google Forms

    Computing, HPC, Research
  • The second Dr. Samuel M. Nabrit Conference for Early Career Scholars will take place August 3-5, 2020. Hosted by the Department of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry at Brown University, conference sessions will convene online via Zoom from 1:00 - 5:30 pm EDT August 3, 4 and 5. The purpose of this conference is to showcase the research achievements of outstanding molecular life scientists from historically underrepresented groups. Featuring keynote presentations by Breann Brown, Ph.D. (Vanderbilt University) and Saul Villeda, Ph.D. (UCSF), the conference program also includes short talks, small group discussions, poster sessions, a faculty panel and a junior researchers’ roundtable. To apply, please visit the conference website .

     

    Biology, Medicine, Public Health, Identity, Culture, Inclusion, Research, Training, Professional Development
  •  

    Mass Polarization in the US and Elsewhere

     

    Jesse Shapiro, Eastman Professor of Political Economy

    Shapiro will discuss trends in mass political polarization across demographic groups within the US and across different countries and will discuss possible causes of these trends in light of the evidence.

     

    Please note this talk is restricted to Brown Faculty only. An event link will be sent to registered participants before the talk.

    To register, please visit the DSI Eventbrite page.

     

     

  • Jul
    31
    10:00am - 12:00pm

    CCV Office Hours

    Drop in on the Zoom meeting to ask members of CCV’s High-Performance Computing (HPC) team your questions about using Oscar or any other research computing topics you are interested in.

    Computing, HPC, Research
  • Join the Carney Institute for a weekly informal gathering on methods for brain science, featuring rotating topics selected by the Brown brain science community. Vote for your preferred topic using this form.

    This week’s topic is animal behavioral monitoring. We will be joined by David Sheinberg, professor of neuroscience at Brown.

    Please note, this workshop requires you to be logged into Zoom through your Brown account. Click to learn more .

    Biology, Medicine, Public Health, CCBS, CTN, Psychology & Cognitive Sciences, Research
  • Jul
    27
    3:00pm - 4:00pm

    Workshop - Advanced Slurm

    This workshop is for people who are already familiar with Slurm, but would like to use Slurm’s more powerful features. Topics covered include: dependencies for conditional execution of jobs, job arrays for parameter sweeps, dealing with hundreds or thousands of small tasks, how to limit the number of jobs running at once, and how to cancel multiple jobs.

    This will be a virtual workshop. Registered participants will receive an email with instructions for connecting via Zoom the day of the workshop.

    Registration: Google Forms

    Computing, HPC, Research
  • Sun Maybury-Lewis

     

    Chromatin and Transcriptional Networks Regulating Mammalian Neural Stem Cells

     

    Advisor: Ashley Webb, Ph.D.

    Biology, Medicine, Public Health, Graduate School, Postgraduate Education, Research
  • Jul
    24
    10:00am - 12:00pm

    CCV Office Hours

    Drop in on the Zoom meeting to ask members of CCV’s High-Performance Computing (HPC) team your questions about using Oscar or any other research computing topics you are interested in.

    Computing, HPC, Research
  • Join the Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Institute at 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 23, for a webinar where you can find out how to get support during challenging times.

    Panelists include Stephen Sheinkopf, Ph.D., co-leader of the Hassenfeld Institute’s Autism Initiative and director of the Rhode Island Consortium for Autism Research and Treatment (RI-CART), and Joanne Quinn, executive director of The Autism Project and a member of the Hassenfeld Institute’s partnership with the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Toy Design Program.

    This event is free and open to the public.

    To learn more about our Autism Initiative, visit our website.

    Biology, Medicine, Public Health, Psychology & Cognitive Sciences
  • This workshop will cover basic performance optimization techniques using MATLAB, including: code profiling, pre-allocation, sequential memory access, vectorization, and efficient matrix-vector storage and operations. We will assume that participants have a basic understanding of the MATLAB programming language.

    This will be a virtual workshop. Registered participants will receive an email with instructions for connecting via Zoom the day of the workshop.

    Registration: Google Forms

    Computing, HPC, Research
  • This series of faculty for faculty talks is an opportunity for faculty to share current data science–related research activities with other faculty colleagues in an informal environment. The talks will be presented at a very general level, to stimulate discussion and interdisciplinary interchange of ideas.

    Our goal is to provide a networking venue that promotes research collaborations between faculty across all disciplines; awareness of the breadth of data science–related research at Brown; and a forum for faculty to share their expertise with one another.

    Participation is limited to Brown faculty members. Please click here to register, and the Zoom link will be sent to you before the event. 

    Jonathan Pober, Department of Physics: Mapping the Universe with Radio Astronomy and Big Data 

    The field of “21 cm cosmology” is one with a simple premise: all the neutral hydrogen gas in the Universe can be traced through its unique radio wave emission (the “21 centimeter line”). Mapping the hydrogen in the Universe in this way offers an unparalleled probe of cosmic evolution, the formation of the first stars and galaxies, and the make-up of the Universe. However, the hydrogen signal is swamped by other radio emission – both human-generated and astrophysical – and, to date, it has not been successfully measured. Extracting the signal from these contaminants will require that the radio telescopes performing the observations are modeled with a precision never before achieved in radio astronomy. In this presentation, I will highlight what a successful 21 cm cosmology experiment / analysis pipeline might look like, with an emphasis on the multiple data science challenges that arise as we attempt to make this measurement.

    Register here.

  • Jul
    17
    10:00am - 12:00pm

    CCV Office Hours

    Drop in on the Zoom meeting to ask members of CCV’s High-Performance Computing (HPC) team your questions about using Oscar or any other research computing topics you are interested in.

    Computing, HPC, Research
  • Facilitating Active Learning in all Kinds of Teaching

    The facilitation of active learning on the part of our medical students and residents is the main function of all medical educators. The more learners are asked to recall, expand, prioritize, summarize, differentiate, and connect (insert additional active verbs here!), the deeper their understanding will be. This workshop will review how to incorporate active learning into various kinds of instructional practice, and will provide concrete, easy to implement tips for educators.

    This session is part of a “by-request” series of workshops on teaching and learning. Once restrictions on gatherings have been lifted, departments or other groups can request this workshop as an in-person session by filling out this form , or emailing [email protected] .

    Learning Objectives:

    After this session participants will be able to:

    • Recognize the importance of active learning
    • Describe techniques to facilitate active learning that are appropriate to various kinds of teaching
    • Apply techniques to facilitate active learning to their own teaching

    REGISTER HERE

    Biology, Medicine, Public Health, Education, Teaching, Instruction, Teaching & Learning, Training, Professional Development
  • Jul
    13

    An introduction to Oscar, Brown’s research computing cluster, for new users. Participants will learn how to connect to Oscar (ssh, VNC), how to navigate Oscar’s filesystem, and how to use the module system to access software packages on Oscar.

    This will be a virtual workshop. Registered participants will receive an email with instructions for connecting via Zoom the day of the workshop.

    Registration: Google Forms

    Computing, HPC, Research
  • Jul
    10
    10:00am - 12:00pm

    CCV Office Hours

    Drop in on the Zoom meeting to ask members of CCV’s High-Performance Computing (HPC) team your questions about using Oscar or any other research computing topics you are interested in.

    Computing, HPC, Research
  •  Carney Methods Meetups

    Join the Carney Institute for a weekly informal gathering on methods for brain science, featuring rotating topics selected by the Brown brain science community. Vote for your preferred topic using this form.  

    This week’s topic is Deep sequencing platforms/technologies. We will be joined by Christoph Schorl, assistant professor of biology (research) at Brown and facility director of the Brown Genomics Facility. 

    Please note, this workshop requires you to be logged into Zoom through your Brown account. Click to learn more .

    Biology, Medicine, Public Health, CCBS, CTN, Psychology & Cognitive Sciences, Research
  • A practical introduction to version control for software management using Git. Topics covered include: creating a repository, checking the status of a repository, committing changes, viewing changes, reverting to older versions of files, and setting up a remote repository.

    This will be a virtual workshop. Registered participants will receive an email with instructions for connecting via Zoom the day of the workshop.

    Registration: Google Forms

    Computing, HPC, Research
  • Join the Carney Institute for Brain Science for a conversation on how emotions can foster disease prevention behaviors during the COVID-19 pandemic with Oriel FeldmanHall, assistant professor of cognitive, linguistic and psychological sciences at Brown University.

    This event will be moderated by Diane Lipscombe, Reliance Dhirubhai Ambani Director of the Carney Institute, and Christopher Moore, associate director of the Carney Institute.

    Biology, Medicine, Public Health, Psychology & Cognitive Sciences, Research
  • Jun
    29
    All Day

    Brown Unconference

    Zoom

    The first Brown Unconference is a remote gathering which provides an opportunity for researchers across campus to come together and explore advances in computational sciences at the intersection of data science and AI with other sciences including biology, physics, chemistry, engineering, neuroscience and cognitive science.

    Our goal is to foster an accessible and welcoming environment open to members of the Brown community across all disciplines and levels of expertise. We want to celebrate Brown’s uniqueness and help foster collaborations across disciplines. Students and postdocs are especially encouraged to present their research to the broader community. The Unconference will include opportunities to meet researchers across scientific interests, hear from invited speakers, and receive feedback from diverse points of view.

    We encourage submissions at all points of the scientific process.

    Important Dates

    • Abstract Submission Deadline: June 15, 2020
    • Conference: June 29-30, 2020

    Schedule
    We will host the following events distributed across the two days of the conference. Please find instructions on how to get involved in the next section. The detailed schedule will be published closer to the conference.

    • Lightning talks: 2-3 minute talks (2 slides max) – for those who may be in the early stages of their research, to introduce themselves, share their interests, pitch projects, or simply network with other members of the conference.
    • Short talks: 12 minute talks – for those ready to present their research in an informal setup. Presented research can be in progress and data can be preliminary.
    • Networking & Mind Match: Tailored social and networking programming. The unconference is a safe space to share ideas so feel free to send work in progress. Members of the Brown community from all academic backgrounds are encouraged to submit an abstract!

    Register to Attend
    Register to attend the conference virtually . By registering, you will receive a notification when we announce the schedule with links to the Crowdcast pages.

    Submit an Abstract
    If you’re interested in talking about your research, please submit an abstract .

    Biology, Medicine, Public Health, CCBS, Psychology & Cognitive Sciences, Research
  • Inaugural DSI Faculty for Faculty Research Talk  

    This is an opportunity for faculty to share current data science–related research activities with other faculty colleagues in an informal and interdisciplinary environment. More about this series on our website .

    Please register for this event by Friday, June 26, 8 am. And please note, this presentation/discussion is restricted to faculty members. 

    Roberta DeVito, DSI and Biostatistics

    Reproducibility in the Big-Data Era

    Researchers are facing the urgent challenge of efficiently dealing with a large amount of experimental data. These big and high-throughput data are a rich, complex, and diverse collection of high-dimensional data sets and have the potential to lead to discoveries, advances, and knowledge that were never accessible before via compelling statistical analysis. With these different sources of big-data sets, new statistical analyses that integrate multiple, somewhat diverse studies, are crucial to understand and gain knowledge in high-dimensional statistical research.

    In this talk, I will talk about my research on both theoretical and computational methods for dimension reduction allowing for the joint analysis of multiple high-throughput experiments, simultaneously achieving two goals: a) to capture common component(s) across studies and b) to estimate the specificness that is unique to each study. When considering multiple studies, some measurements reappear across studies, and the true signal is more likely to be reproducible among the studies. However, high throughput experiments display both artifactual and intrinsic sources of variation. I will then present several different applications: microarray gene expression in cancer, nutritional epidemiological data in seven different countries, 12 brain regions in tissue studies.

  • How do we maintain a routine for our children when there is no routine? Join experts from the Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Institute on Thursday, June 25, at 4 p.m. for a live Q&A session on establishing and maintaining healthy routines during the pandemic and the transition to summer. Panelists include Elissa Jelalian, Ph.D., and Whitney Evans, Ph.D. This event is free and open to the public.

    Dr. Jelalian is associate director of The Miriam Hospital’s Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center; co-leader of the Hassenfeld Institute’s Healthy Weight, Nutrition and Fitness Initiative; and professor of psychiatry and human behavior and of pediatrics at the Warren Alpert Medical School.

    Dr. Evans is a registered dietician and assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior at the Alpert Medical School and The Miriam Hospital’s Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center.

    Biology, Medicine, Public Health, Psychology & Cognitive Sciences, Research, Social Sciences
  • Jun
    25
    12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Presentation Basics

    Presentation Basics

    Love ‘em or hate ‘em, your basic didactic presentation isn’t going anywhere. If you’ve been asked to give a lecture or talk, or if you’re interested in improving talks that you have already developed, this workshop is for you. We will discuss the basics of high-quality didactics- how to communicate your content, what visuals to include (or delete), and how to make the most of your presentation style.

    This session is part of a “by-request” series of workshops on teaching and learning. Once restrictions on gatherings have been lifted, departments or other groups can request this workshop as an in-person session by filling out this form , or emailing [email protected] .

    Learning Objectives:

    After this session participants will be able to:

    • Identify common mistakes in academic presentations
    • Determine best practices in presentation development
    • Design high-quality slides

    REGISTER HERE

    Biology, Medicine, Public Health, Education, Teaching, Instruction, Teaching & Learning, Training, Professional Development
  • Carney SciCom is a two-part workshop for Brown University trainees focused on science communication skills. The goal of these workshops is to empower trainees to share their research with broad and diverse audiences. In this session, participants will learn best practices for designing interactive scientific posters.

    Torrey Truszkowski, research compliance manager in the Office of Research Integrity at Brown, will demonstrate how to design interactive, dynamic scientific posters. Sara Feijo, communications and outreach manager at the Carney Institute for Brain Science, will share tips for presenting posters at conferences.

    Design experience is not required for this workshop.

    Note: This is the second workshop in the series. The first workshop, entitled “Carney SciCom Workshop: Scientific poster design ,” will be held on Tuesday, June 16. 

  • Jun
    22
    3:00pm - 4:00pm

    Workshop - Basic Bash

    This workshop will cover basic shell scripting in Bash: variables, loops, pipes and more so participants can learn to automate work with Bash. We will assume participants have some familiarity with the linux command line.

    This will be a virtual workshop. Registered participants will receive an email with instructions for connecting via Zoom the day of the workshop.

    Registration: Google Forms

    Computing, HPC, Research
  • COVID-19 DATA TUTORIAL III

    We’ll look at COVID-19 data from the COVID Tracking Project and walk through statistical techniques for using the data to infer how many new infections are being generated by the average infectious person. Minimal prerequisite knowledge will be assumed, and all are welcome.

    Please register for the event below!

     

    Please visit our GitHub  page and also Babylon House for more information on these events. 

    Hosted by Samuel Watson, Dir. of Graduate Studies, Data Science Initiative. Organized by the Data Science Initiative

  • This virtual symposium will feature MGH-Brown T32 Training Program in Recovery and Restoration of CNS Health and Function, the 2020 John M. K. Mislow, M.D., Ph.D. Memorial Lecture, science blitz presentations by T32 postdoctoral fellows, and a panel discussion on the neuroscience of consciousness, neuroethics, and coma recovery. There will also be an update on the neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of consciousness, and the emerging science on the assessment and rehabilitation of people recovering from severe disorders of consciousness.

    Plenary Speakers:

    • Melanie Boly, M.D., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin

    • Brian Edlow, M.D., Massachusetts General Hospital

    • Niko Schiff, M.D., 2020 Mislow Lecturer, Weill Cornell Medicine 

    Agenda:

    1:00 p.m. Welcome | Leigh Hochberg, M.D., Ph.D.
    1:10 p.m. Neural Correlates of Consciousness: Integrating Findings from Lesion, Stimulation and Recording Studies | Melanie Boly, M.D., Ph.D.
    2:00 p.m. Science Blitz | Ryan Solinsky, M.D.
    2:05 p.m. Science Blitz | Zeyang Yu, Ph.D.
    2:10 p.m. Mapping the Connectivity of Consciousness | Brian Edlow, M.D.
    3:00 p.m. Science Blitz | Tina Chou, Ph.D.
    3:05 p.m. Science Blitz | Adam Khalifa, Ph.D.
    3:10 p.m. Break
    3:30 p.m. Recovery of Consciousness after Severe Brain Injury | Nicholas Schiff, M.D.
    4:20 p.m. Ethics, Neuroscience of Consciousness, Coma Recovery |
    Melanie Boly, M.D., Ph.D.; Brian Edlow, M.D.; Nicholas Schiff M.D.; Joseph Giacino, Ph.D.
    4:55 p.m. Closing Remarks | Leigh Hochberg, M.D., Ph.D.
    5:00 p.m. Adjourn


    Learning Objectives: 
    Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

    • Describe the criteria that distinguish coma from vegetative state from minimally conscious state.
    • Describe key neuroanatomic structures engaged in the maintenance of consciousness.
    • Integrate information about clinical trials that use either imaging, deep brain stimulation or pharmacotherapies to promote understanding and/or recovery from severe disorders of consciousness, and to refer patients and their families to appropriate clinical trials.

    Target Audience: This activity is intended for graduate students, neuroengineers, neurologists, neuroscientists, neurosurgeons, nurses, nurse practitioners, postdoctoral fellows, psychologists, research fellows from academic institutions and hospitals in the United States.

    Faculty:

    • Joseph Giacino, Ph.D., Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital – Moderator
    • Leigh Hochberg, M.D., Ph.D., Massachusetts General Hospital, Brown University, Providence VAMC – Course Director

    Hosted by: Brown University’s Carney Institute for Brain Science and School of Engineering, Massachusetts General Hospital’s Department of Neurology and Center for Neurotechnology and Neurorecovery, Providence VA Medical Center, VA RR&D Center for Neurorestoration and Neurotechnology, Partners Healthcare. 

    Accreditation: Partners HealthCare System is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    Partners HealthCare System designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    For more information, contact Beth Travers .

    Biology, Medicine, Public Health, Research
  • Carney SciCom is a two-part workshop for Brown University trainees focused on science communication skills. The goal of these workshops is to empower trainees to share their research with broad and diverse audiences. In this session, participants will learn best practices for designing informative and engaging scientific posters.

    Andrew Creamer, Brown University Library’s scientific data management specialist, and Kelsey Sawyer, biomedical life sciences librarian, will discuss scientific criteria for successful posters, and share resources for designing conference posters. Jaci DaCosta, art director in the Office of University Communications, will discuss design principles — including typography, contrast and accessibility — and demonstrate how to adapt designs for multimedia. DaCosta will develop a poster template, which will be shared with participants following the workshop.

    Design experience is not required for this workshop. However, it is recommended that participants familiarize themselves with Adobe InDesign. Introductory courses to the Adobe Creative Suite are available through Brown’s LinkedIn Learning in Workday.

    RSVP is required. 

    The second workshop in this series, entitled “Carney SciCom Workshop: Interactive scientific posters ,” will be held on June 23.

  • Jun
    15

    An introduction to Oscar, Brown’s research computing cluster, for new users. Participants will learn how to connect to Oscar (ssh, VNC), how to navigate Oscar’s filesystem, and how to use the module system to access software packages on Oscar.

    This will be a virtual workshop. Registered participants will receive an email with instructions for connecting via Zoom the day of the workshop.

    Registration: Google Forms

    Computing, HPC, Research
  • Jun
    12
    10:00am - 12:00pm

    CCV Office Hours

    Drop in on the Zoom meeting to ask members of CCV’s High-Performance Computing (HPC) team your questions about using Oscar or any other research computing topics you are interested in.

    Computing, HPC, Research