Free Software Carpentry Instructor Training

Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry workshops focus on practical computational “lab skills” for practicing researchers. This two-day class is designed to prepare you to be a Software Carpentry instructor, introducing a handful of key research findings and showing how they can be used to help people learn better and faster. Classes are Dec. 14 at 9 a.m. and Dec. 15 at 4 p.m.

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Text Mining Workshop, Part 2 – Practice

Friday, Dec 8h from 11am-12pm

314 Main Library

In this workshop, we will use MALLET, a java based package, to construct and analyze a topic model. Topic models are a computational method of identifying and grouping interrelated words in any set of text. This workshop will focus on how to correctly set up the code, understand the output of the model, and how to refine the code for best results. No experience necessary. You do not need to have attended Part I in order to attend this workshop.

Text Mining Workshop: Topic Modeling Part 1 – Theory

Wednesday, Dec 6th from 11am-12pm

314 Main Library

Topic models are a computational method of identifying and grouping interrelated words in any set of texts. In this workshop, we will focus on how topic models work, what kinds of academic questions topic models can help answer, what they allow researchers to see, and what they can obfuscate. This will be a conversation about topic models as a tool and method for digital humanities research. In part 2, we will actually construct some topic models using MALLET.

Introduction to Python for ArcGIS with Savvy Researcher

Friday, December 1, 1 – 4 p.m., Main Library, room 314

GIS experience needed: Beginner to Intermediate; Python experience NOT required

Visit the Scholarly Commons website more upcoming workshops, and to register.

Programming tools are now a standard feature within GIS software packages and allow GIS users to automate, speed up, and become more precise in their data management and analytic work. This workshop is designed for GIS users who have little to no experience with computer programming and will cover core programming concepts related to GIS using the Python programming language. The workshop will focus on guiding attendees through hands-on exercises designed to provide the essential skills to programmatically manipulate data as part of a GIS workflow. This workshop is designed to be preparation for the following workshop on Advanced Python for ArcGIS, but may be taken independently.

Writer’s Workshop Weekly Graduate Writing Groups

  • Thursday, November 30, 1 – 4 p.m., Undergraduate Library, room 251
  • Friday, December 1, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Undergraduate Library, room 251
  • Saturday, December 2, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Undergraduate Library, room 251

Want to meet your writing goals in a distraction-free setting? Join the Writer’s Workshop for sustained writing in the company of your colleagues from across the disciplines. Each session will begin with a short conversation about goals and end with a wrap-up of accomplishments. Commit to a writing routine by regularly attending one of these groups. Continue reading

Building a Relationship with an Academic Press

Thursday, November 16, noon – 1 p.m., Swanlund Administrative Building, room 500

Join the University of Illinois Press for an informative, wide-ranging conversation about publishing with an academic press. Daniel Nasset, senior acquisitions editor, and Michael Roux, marketing and sales manager, will give brief presentations on their roles at the University of Illinois Press. The session will be of interest to both first book and seasoned authors. If you plan to attend, RSVP to Kelley Frazier at

Software and Data Carpentry Workshops Reach Over 27,000 Learners

Software and Data Carpentry workshops are held all around the world. The combined sessions have brought over 27,000 learners into workshops to learn to better use “R and Python to work with data, write functions, and initialize repositories in git”.

The Data Carpentry community has reviewed its assessment results and published an article on the impact of these sessions.

Read the article

Software Carpentry Instructor Training

Software Carpentry Workshop: Instructor Training

12/14-12/15/2017, 9:00am-4:00pm

1030 National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)

This two-day class will introduce participants to a handful of key research findings and show how they can be used to help people learn better and faster. We will look at the cognitive differences between novices, competent practitioners, and experts; why those differences require different pedagogical approaches; how to design formative assessments to provide feedback to both instructors and students while learning is taking place; how to mitigate cognitive load during learning; how concept maps can be used both to design lessons and to communicate those designs; how practices similar to pair programming and test-driven design can be used in education; and how teaching is a performance art.

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4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, in the Beckman Institute Auditorium.

Laura Kiessling, a professor of chemistry at MIT, will present the 2017 Beckman-Brown Lecture on Interdisciplinary Science, “Cell Surface Glycans as Cellular IDs.”  A reception will follow. The annual lecture honors Arnold O. Beckman, the founder of the Institute, and Theodore “Ted” Brown, the founding director.

Social Desirability in Survey Research Webinar

Wednesday, November 1, noon, online


Researchers who study sensitive social topics are often confronted with the problem of survey measurement error due to social desirability concerns. This webinar will provide an overview of this important issue and consider various methodologies for addressing it. The Survey Research Laboratory is offering two webinars on survey research methodology during the Fall 2017 semester. The webinars are free to University faculty, staff and students and begin at noon.