BIG Data

Jan 18: Behavioral genetics curriculum

In collaboration with Michelle Thornton (Central High School, Philadelphia) and a previous undergraduate Hadley King, Craig and Dr. Kulathinal’s curriculum on using behaviroal genetics to understand the link between genotype and phenotype was accepted to GSA Prep. This curriculum, designed for intermediate level Biology students, focuses on connecting physical observations with the immense amounts of data available in model organism databases. For more information, check out the curriculum here.

Jan 15: flyDIVaS goes live!

A first live version of flyDIVaS is now available to the public for testing! flyDIVaS is a database aimed at understanding characteristics of divergence and selection in Drosophila and includes full access to new alignments and PAML results for across the 12 Drosophila species originally released by Clark et al. 2007. Check out flyDIVaS at

Oct 1: BIG Data in the Social Sciences

Craig provides opening slides at the interdisciplinary seminar entitled BIG Data in the Social Sciences co-hosted by the departments of Management Information Systems (Fox School of Business) and Biology. Over 50 students and researchers attended this seminar from schools including Tourism, Library Sciences, Law, Anthropology, Business, and Science and Technology. Craig discussed the emergence of BIG data in the social sciences and the need for new training methods. Craig also introduced new open-source training modules for BIG Data created this past summer while training NSF REU students in the Kulathinal lab and Yoo lab.