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UPCOMING EVENTS

Upcoming Events

  • Software Carpentry: Unix, Git, and Python Date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022
    Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm
    Presenter: Ellie Kohler, Chreston Miller, Sarah Over & Nathaniel Porter
    Location:
    Campus: Blacksburg Campus

    Software Carpentry aims to help researchers get their work done in less time and with less pain by teaching them basic research computing skills. This hands-on workshop will cover basic concepts and tools for conducting research with data using the Bash Unix shell, version control with Git, and plotting and programming in Python. Learners are expected to attend the full two days.

    By the end of the workshop, learners will:

    • Manipulate files and data using a Unix shell, Git and Python
    • Automate operations on multiple files using a Unix shell and Python
    • Navigate and manipulate data in Python and Jupyter Notebooks
    • Familiarize themselves with common data types, programming concepts and procedures in Python
    • Practice project management and collaboration in Git
    • Identify and resolve errors independently
    • Identify options for self-directed and guided learning related to Unix, Git and Python
    • Practice creating functions, loops and conditionals to streamline and automate programs
    • Recognize key practices for annotating and documenting code

    The workshop is open to anyone. You do not need any programming experience to participate but you will need access to a Windows, Mac or Linux computer. The workshop will be hosted in person at 801 University City Blvd, Suite 21, Blacksburg, VA 24060 in room 2104; instructions for accessing course material and installing software will be sent in advance. For questions, contact Data Education Coordinator Nathaniel Porter (ndporter@vt.edu).

    For more information on the workshop, visit https://ndporter.github.io/2022-08-08-vt-swc-python/

    If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please email library-event-accessibility-g@vt.edu at least 10 business days prior to the event.

  • Archival Adventures: Melvin N. Gough Papers Date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022
    Time: 2:30pm - 4:30pm
    Location: Online

    It's time for an adventure! Join our community collections archivist, Anthony Wright de Hernandez, for a livestream on Twitch! Every week we explore and discuss materials from Special Collections and University Archives covering topics including university history, NASA pioneers, architecture, science fiction, cooking, LGBTQ+ history, Black history, urban legends, and more. Recordings of previous streams are available on the Libaries' Youtube page.

    Today, we head to the skies with the Melvin N. Gough papers. This episode will focus on his time as a test pilot in the early 20th Century. Check out the finding aid (https://ead.lib.virginia.edu/vivaxtf/view?docId=oai/lib.vt.edu/repositories/2/resources/1500.oai_ead.xml) and join us for the show!

    If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please email library-event-accessibility-g@vt.edu at least 10 business days prior to the event.

  • Software Carpentry: Unix, Git, and Python Date: Thursday, August 11, 2022
    Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm
    Presenter: Corinne Guimont, Alex Kinnaman, Sarah Over & Nathaniel Porter
    Location: Online

    Software Carpentry aims to help researchers get their work done in less time and with less pain by teaching them basic research computing skills. This hands-on workshop will cover basic concepts and tools for conducting research with data using the Bash Unix shell, version control with Git, and plotting and programming in Python. Learners are expected to attend the full two days.

    By the end of the workshop, learners will:

    • Manipulate files and data using a Unix shell, Git and Python
    • Automate operations on multiple files using a Unix shell and Python
    • Navigate and manipulate data in Python and Jupyter Notebooks
    • Familiarize themselves with common data types, programming concepts and procedures in Python
    • Practice project management and collaboration in Git
    • Identify and resolve errors independently
    • Identify options for self-directed and guided learning related to Unix, Git and Python
    • Practice creating functions, loops and conditionals to streamline and automate programs
    • Recognize key practices for annotating and documenting code

    The workshop is open to anyone. You do not need any programming experience to participate but you will need access to a Windows, Mac or Linux computer. The workshop will be hosted online using Zoom; instructions for accessing course material and installing software will be sent in advance. For questions, contact Data Education Coordinator Nathaniel Porter (ndporter@vt.edu).

    For more information on the workshop, visit https://ndporter.github.io/2022-08-11-vt-swc-python-online/.

    If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please email library-event-accessibility-g@vt.edu at least 10 business days prior to the event.

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