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April 11, 2016 @ 8:00 am - April 12, 2016 @ 4:30 pm

What: The goal of this workshop is to help scientists and engineers become more productive by teaching them basic computing skills like program design, version control, testing, and task automation. In this two-day boot camp, short tutorials will alternate with hands-on practical exercises. Participants will be encouraged both to help one another, and to apply what they have learned to their own research problems during and between sessions. Examples will be targeted toward the life sciences.

Who: The course is aimed at graduate students, postdocs and other scientists who are familiar with basic programming concepts (like loops, conditionals, arrays, and functions) but need help to translate this knowledge into practical tools to help them work more productively.

Where: Research Hub Open Study and Event Space, Health Sciences Library, 2nd floor, UNC

When: April 11-12. We will start at 9:00 and end at 4:30 each day.

Content: The syllabus for this boot camp will include:

  • using the shell to do more in less time
  • building programs in R
  • using version control (e.g. Git) to manage and share information
  • working with relational databases

Dr. Ethan White, Associate Professor, Dept. of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida
Dr. Karen Cranston, Research Scientist, Dept. of Biology, Duke University

Requirements: If you are bringing a Linux or Mac OS X laptop, everything you’ll need on the first day is already installed. If you are bringing a Windows laptop, please see the pre-workshop installation instructions on the registration page under Setup.

Registration: Enrollment is limited to 32 attendees on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please register here. We’d particularly like to encourage small collaborating groups to sign up together.

Cost: FREE!

Contact:More information (including course materials, testimonials, etc.) is available at the Software Carpentry website (http://software-carpentry.org).  Please mail hurlbert@bio.unc.edu with questions.


**Co-sponsored by the Renaissance Computing Institute**



April 11, 2016 @ 8:00 am
April 12, 2016 @ 4:30 pm
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