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

Nov. 14 Beckman Tech Talk Features Microscopy Suite’s Services

As part of the Beckman Institute’s Tech Talk series, Scott Robinson, manager of Beckman’s Microscopy Suite, will provide an overview of current services and then discuss upcoming instrumentation available for clients. The talk will be from noon-1 p.m. Nov. 14 in Room 5602. The next talk in the series features the Biomedical Imaging Center on Dec. 12.

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.