Learning from our search history

Origin of the idea Recently the team I work with has had a few new members and I’ve been thinking lately of ways we could try to help them. The team leader was traveling this week, which gave me the opportunity to come up with a new type of session and test it out. That’s the origin of this learning from our search history idea. We tested it today and I’m quite happy with the results so far, so I thought it would be useful to document what we did and share it with others.

Conference feelings: from newbie to sponsor

In the summer of 2008, nearly 12 years ago, I attended my first R/Bioconductor conference: BioC2008. Just last week I went to my second rstudio::conf(2020) which I greatly enjoyed. After some tweets exchanges today, I started reflecting on my journey and wanted to share my thoughts. Why I like going to conferences I typically enjoy going to conferences, though I also end up exhausted. via GIPHY Part of it could be the traveling and all that goes with it, but I think that conferences are mostly mentally taxing.

Windows user space issues with installing R packages

Are you a Microsoft Windows R user? Does your Windows username include a space? Like Firstname Lastname. Then you might occassionally run into issues installing packages due to spaces. Solutions You could either re-install Windows with a username that has no spaces such as Lastname 1, but that’s probably not an easy option. Or you can: Edit your TMP and TEMP environment variables to a location with no spaces, like C:\TEMP following instructions like these ones.

The evolution of my academic career as seen through posters and talks thanks to hugo academic 4.1

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.

CDSBMexico: remember to apply for BioC2019 travel scholarships

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.

The power of tapping into your community for support

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.

Asking for help is challenging but is typically worth 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.

A knot of threads: from CSHL to LCG-UNAM to Aldo Barrientos to diversity scholarship opportunities

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.

Steps for writing a Twitter summary conference blog post

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.

R Gene Regulatory Interaction Formulator For Inquiring Networks

This blog post was written by ME Martinez-Sanchez, S Muñoz, M Carrillo, E Azpeitia, D Rosenblueth and originally posted at the CDSB blog.1 In this blog post we will describe the package rGriffin (Martinez-Sanchez, Muñoz, Carrillo, Azpeitia, et al., 2019) that was one of the projects developed during the TIB2018-BCDW. We hope to continue developing Griffin and rGriffin (Martinez-Sanchez, Muñoz, Carrillo, Azpeitia, et al., 2019). If you have ideas, suggestions or bugs, please contact us via rGriffin GitHub repo.