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Kate Hertweck
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Preparing students to work with computers
As I gear up to teach bioinformatics again (lecture + lab, to undergraduates), I've been thinking about ways to ease the pain of introducing novice learners to coding and data management. I feel like I'm pretty good at helping students overcome challenges s...

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Why I sign reviews.
https://twitter.com/rmflightI have been signing my manuscript reviews since I joined NESCent as a postdoc in late 2011. That organization upheld a strong commitment to open science (as evidenced by their data archival efforts since closing their doors last ...

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Learn how to use the free online teaching tool Socrative (http://www.socrative.com) to assess student learning during workshops.

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Classroom informatics: Managing students, information, and communication.
One of my biggest challenges as an educator is helping students manage information. I don't believe it's my job to impart information to students, but to help them learn to think about information and integrate it into their knowledge structures more effect...

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Bioinformatics "Purity Test": Need more questions!
I'm prepping for the new class I'm teaching this semester, Bioinformatics for Research, and I need help! It's a graduate level class that I'm designing to introduce our Master's students to the basic computational skills they will require to perform common ...

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Getting ready for Botany 2015!
I'm heading off to Edmonton this weekend for Botany 2015 . This conference is co-hosted by a handful of professional societies, a few for which I've maintained membership for several years (Botanical Society of America and American Society of Plant Taxonomi...

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Debriefing from TACC Summer Supercomputing Institute
I had such good intentions to blog more this summer during my reprieve from class planning, but that obviously didn't work out. A short blog post describing my adventure at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) Summer Supercomputing Institute (SSI) in ...

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Self evaluation for teaching an undergraduate bioinformatics course
I wrote several lengthy posts last fall and winter that reflected on my preparations to teach a new course this spring (bioinformatics lecture and lab for undergraduate biology majors, main post here ). The logistics and intellectual drain of new course pre...

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Under-appreciated Texas wildflowers
In my ongoing quest to balance the computational aspect of my work , I've been working with the East Texas Master Naturalists to continue developing their herbarium collection of local, native plants. It's been a great synergistic relationship: they teach m...

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Data Carpentry hackathon for genomics
I'm pleased to report back from the Data Carpentry (DC) genomics hackathon, which I attended last week with ~26 other folks at Cold Spring Harbor Labs in New York. The goal of this meeting was to develop modules for a DC workshop focused on analysis of next...
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