R Workshops on Campus – Fall 2019

R Workshops on Campus

R is both a language and a softwware environment for statistical computing and graphics. R can be used through the amazing RStudio interface for even more performance, ease and Reproducible Research.

In the past years I have offered R and RStudio workshops within the Biochem Department (see links below.) However, multiple workshop series are now offered on Campus, some of them a complete course.

R classic and the more recent R Tidyverse use different approach and coding, the latter often used for data wrangling which is the process of cleaning and unifying messy and complex data sets for easy access and analysis.

Here are the options that are available this FALL. Note that some courses are starting very shortly in September and registration is required for most of them.

SSCC (Social Science Computing Cooperative)

These courses are (again) free but regular attendance is requested and expected for longer courses.

Relevant R courses are as follows (and tought within RStudio)

Title Date Time Instructor
R/RStudio for Independent Learners (i.e.R Classic) 9/3 9:00 – 10:30 Banghart
Tidyverse for Independent Learners 9/3 11:00 – 12:30 Banghart
Data Wrangling in R 9/4, 9/9, 9/11, 9/16, 9/18, 9/23, 9/25, 9/30, 10/2, 10/7 11:00 – 1:00 Banghart

Software and Data Carpentries

Note: These used to be completely free. It is now $10 that end up at $12.24 with fees. However, that covers multiple courses and perhaps prevents too many no show registrations.

Carpentry Date Time Registration link
Data Carpentry 9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/9 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m Register
Software Carpentry 9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/9 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Register

Software Carpentry

Software Carpentry aims to help researchers do their work in less time and with less pain by teaching basic research computing skills. These are hands-on workshops, and will cover basic concepts and tools, including program design, version control, data management, and task automation using bash (a commonly used Unix shell), Git, and Python. […]

Data Carpentry

Data Carpentry’s aim is to equip researchers with fundamental data skills for doing their work. These are hands-on workshops that cover basic concepts and tools to strengthen researchers’ data management, taught by other researchers, data librarians, and computer and data scientists. […]

R for Researchers (Steenbock Library)

  1. Workshops will be held 10 am-12 pm in Steenbock Computer Classroom 105
  2. Site with schedule: https://github.com/maglet/uw-r-workshops/
    a. FYI: R basics, data wrangling, visualization, reports, and version control basics will remain largely the same as last semester.
  3. Because we experienced many no-shows at the end of the series, we’re going to open registration 1-2 weeks before each workshop (with the exception of R basics).
  4. If you’d like to be a helper at any of these workshops, please reply to tobin.magle@wisc.edu. We’d love to have you!

Open Lab

Additionally, Sarah Stevens and I will continue to have Open Coding Labs every Tuesday 2:30-4:30 pm in the Biocommons Lounge at Steenbock library. This is a great opportunity to drop in and ask R or other coding/data questions. Feel free to work on your own projects in the Lounge with us and ask questions as they come up.


Title Date Instructor Helpers Registration
R basics Thursday9/5/2019 Tobin Magle Maria Kamenetsky, Sarah Stevens https://go.wisc.edu/00zpfk
R basics Friday 9/6/2019 Tobin Magle Sarah Stevens, Trisha Adamus, Nathaniel Grill, Heather Shimon https://go.wisc.edu/43uh8r
R data wrangling Friday 9/20/2019 Trisha Adamus Tobin Magle, Sarah Stevens, Trisha Adamus, Nathaniel Grill, Heather Shimon Opens 9/6/2019
R visualization Friday 9/27/2019 Tobin Magle, Sarah Stevens, Trisha Adamus, Nathaniel Grill, Heather Shimon Opens 9/20/2019
R text data Friday 10/04/2019 Sarah Stevens Tobin Magle, Nathaniel Grill, Heather Shimon Opens 9/20/2019
R reports Friday 10/18/2019 Tobin Magle Sarah Stevens, Trisha Adamus, Nathaniel Grill, Heather Shimon, Sailendharan Sudakaran Opens 10/4/2019
R version control basics Friday 10/25/2019 Tobin Magle Sarah Stevens, Nathaniel Grill, Sailendharan Sudakaran Opens 10/18/2019
R version control for collaboration Friday 11/1/2019 Sarah Stevens Tobin Magle, Maria Kamenetsky, Trisha Adamus, Nathaniel Grill Opens 10/25/2019
Unix shell basics Friday 11/15/2019 Maria Kamenetsky Tobin Magle, Sarah Stevens, Trisha Adamus, Nathaniel Grill Opens 11/1/2019
Using R in the shell Friday 11/22/2019 Tobin Magle Maria Kamenetsky, Sarah Stevens, Trisha Adamus, Nathaniel Grill Opens 11/15/2019


As there are so many R options on Campus I am not planning specific offerings for R or RStudio for the Fall. Of course if there is interest I’ll be happy to open classes and offer such courses here at Biochem as well. Here is the list of classes offered previously, with all materials online:

Please let me know if in-house Biochem session or in-house Open Lab would be useful to you. Perhaps a focus on Markdown and Reproducible research could be helpful, just let me know!

Jean-Yves Sgro
Biochemistry Computational Research Facility (bcrf)