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CEREO January 2017


This proposal development course will begin on Wednesday, February 15 from 11:30 till 1:30 in Lighty 280 and will continue every Wednesday thereafter for ~8-10 weeks (or as needed). If this does not work for you, please contact Emily Brashear at the email address below and we will discuss options.

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NASA Health and Air Quality Applied Sciences Team

All are welcome to the HAQAST 2, hosted by University of Washington at the Hotel Deca, Seattle WA.

February 27 – March 1, 2017.

Register for HAQAST 2 Open to all, meeting for HAQAST stakeholders and members of the public, February 27 (afternoon) and February 28 (all day)

HAQAST PI’s meeting registration (Note the registration link above is for stakeholders and members of the public. If you are a HAQAST member, please use this link)

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Opportunity at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

This research is part of a larger effort to understand, model, and improve drought resilience, especially in the face of changing water demands and changing climate. This fellowship will focus on the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) aspects of drought resilience, building on existing approaches. LCA is a tool to avoid shifting impacts in time, space, or environmental media, and there is a need to improve characterization of water use in this systems framework.

Location: Cincinnati, OH.

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Wanted, Human Nutrition Researchers

The Human Nutrition Grand Challenges reallocation leadership team would like to convene a focus group of WSU faculty currently conducting research related to human nutrition (or wishing to collaborate with human nutrition researchers).

Monday, February 20th

10:00 am-12:00 pm, Lighty 280 Conference Room

Send an email to Shelly McGuire if you are planning to attend this focus group.



The Art of Science Communication

An online training course available to ALL scientists and STEM professionals. This course will provide participants with fundamental training in science communication, focusing on how to present science to a non-expert audience in a formal setting. The course covers the important components of what makes for a successful presentation and participants will be able to utilize the skills learned during the course in their professional lives.

Winter Session Course: February 6th – March 27th

Cost: $25 for ASBMB members, $100 for non-members

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Food-Energy-Water collaboration

Interdisciplinary research teams poised to address food-energy-water (FEW) system challenges are encouraged to submit a proposal by Feb. 15 to participate in a tri-state workshop. Washington State University, University of Idaho and Oregon State University will convene the Tri-State FEW Workshop on April 10-11 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Researchers are invited to submit 1-page proposals for convening a multi-institutional team at the workshop. Travel support is available.

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Spring 2017 Intro and plotting/mapping with ggplot2!

Today was our first meeting of the Spring R group! We were playing catch up due to missing our first week (thanks ice storm) so we discussed the format of the working group as well as had a presentation about plotting/mapping using ggplot2.

We talked about the presentation schedule, the types of presentations, and future goals for the group. Our presentation schedule can be found on our main page. We still need people to present some Research Profiles on 2/8/17, 3/8/17, and 3/22/17. We still have a Package Introduction available (4/19/17) and packages we discussed profiling were Shiny or curl. If you have an interest in presenting a Research Profile or a Package Intro please contact Alli.

We also discussed going over dplyr, tidyr, R Markdown, and downloading high resolution graphics. We will cover these topics, and more, in our troubleshooting sessions and perhaps in full presentations if people desire.

Learning Opportunities

Relevant to our group we also talked about two workshops through CEREO on data carpentry and software carpentry. Thee data workshop will be held in 20-21 March, 2017.  Registration, limited to 30 participants, will open in February 2017. The software carpentry workshop will be held 6-7 April, 2017.  Registration, limited to 30 participants, will open in March 2017. More can be found here:

For our plotting exercises we went over the basic plotting syntax that exists in base R and then re-created some fancier plots using ggplot2. Additionally, responding to a question during the presentation, we added the equation and R2 for our regression lines to the plot using ggplot.

Basic R Plot:

ggplot plot with samples broken up by treatment: 

Packages required included:


We also had an example of a ggplot map:

The script for the plots, and the map with its data, can be found below:

Inset maps with ggplot

Plotting with ggplot