The hugo-academic theme which powers my website is active and frequently updated. I don’t update my website that frequently anymore, but I recently found about many of their changes when I made the CDSB website. We are delighted to share with you our new webpage at with both English and Spanish support Estamos encantados de compartirles nuestra nueva página web que viene en español e inglés It'll replace/remplazará a https://t.

These past months I’ve been mostly working on one huge project which might be close to an end, hopefully! This project involves a massive manuscript with many supplementary figures and tables. Today we sent it out to other members in our team, and to celebrate, I’m now writing more 😅: though this is a blog post. I’m allowing myself to do so before I dive into the pile of tasks I haven’t completed1.

This blog post was first published at the CDSBMexico website. #CDSBMexico: remember to apply for BioC2019 travel scholarships!! Due date is March 15th Let us help you! Here we give you some ideas 💡We can also give you feedback via Slack ✅#rstats #bioconductor @Bioconductor #bioc2019 #diversity #LatAm #rstatsES — ComunidadBioInfo (@CDSBMexico) March 1, 2019 About 10 months ago we announced our plans to start a new community of R/Bioconductor developers in Mexico and Latin America.

In the past months I’ve had a recurrent conversation with many people. This conversation is typically started with the question: why do you like living where you live? Some of them might be considering moving to the city I live in for work, some of them are thinking about leaving, some are happy here. Ultimately, everyone is different and what makes some happy might not be for the rest. Some friends want to live in larger cities, others want different climates, others want to move in with their long distance relationship partners, etc.

This week the owner of my favorite Mexican restaurant in Baltimore, Rosalyn Vera, got death and arson1 threats. I could have been a bystander, but I tapped into my network and asked for help and she has received it. It’s been great to see the power of the community in action. The backstory So, I use R and Bioconductor for work and I get to witness the warmth and mostly friendly #rstats community where daily people ask for help and get it.

Recently I’ve been thinking on the subject of asking for help. In short, it’s hard to ask for help. It involves admitting to yourself that you can’t solve the problem alone, opening yourself up, hoping that another person will understand you and guide you in the right direction. Thus it can be painful if your request for help is misunderstood, met with criticism or ignored. Regardless of these obstacles, I think that the potential rewards make it worth it.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve started to write this post in my mind since May 2018. Today I’m finally typing it on the computer. This will be a rather long post that ties in several threads. I’ll talk about Cold Spring Harbor’s Biology of Genomes conference and its relationship to my undergrad in Mexico. I’ll also introduce you to Aldo Barrientos (1987-2011) who was was my undergrad classmate.

I recently wrote several blog posts with many tweets1 as a way of taking notes during the American Society of Human Genetics 2018 conference. A few friends asked me how I did this so fast. The process can be summarized into the following main steps. Save links of tweets you want to highlight in your post. Use a hugo-powered blog to obtain the code for embedding tweets easily2. Proofread, edit and post.

Continuing from my ASHG18 day 1 post, day 2, day 3 and day4 here’s my list of tweets from day 5. 6C 9:15 am Jane Loveland Wish that gene annotation was consistent across databases? Jane Loveland is speaking about the new #MANE project which aims to converge transcript annotation between @GencodeGenes and @NCBI RefSeq in 30 min 09:15-09:30, Room 6C, Talk 302 #ASHG18 — Ensembl (@ensembl) October 20, 2018 Jane Loveland: there are two comprehensive transcript annotations, RefSeq and Gencode.

Continuing from my ASHG18 day 1 post, day 2, day 3 here’s my list of tweets from day 4. 6F 11:00 am Cecilia Lingdren Got there at the end :P Had #diversitymatters and many flags including the rainbow one in her last slide. Benjamin Neale .@bmneale points out dimorphism in research participation - women more likely to participate (generally and in UK Biobank) and yet comparatively understudied #ASHG18