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UPCOMING EVENTS

Upcoming Events

  • Software Carpentry - Bash, Git, and Python Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2019
    Time: 8:30am - 4:00pm
    Presenter: Jonathan Bradley, Chreston Miller
    Location: Newman 207A
    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 using the Python programming language, including program design, version control, data management, and task automation. Participants will be encouraged to help one another and to apply what they have learned to their own research problems.

     

    Workshop Objectives:

    By the end of this workshop, you will know how to use...

    • The Unix Shell

      • Files and directories

      • History and tab completion

      • Pipes and redirection

      • Looping over files

      • Creating and running shell scripts

      • Finding things

    • Version Control with Git

      • Creating a repository

      • Recording changes to files: add, commit, …

      • Viewing changes: status, diff, …

      • Ignoring files

      • Working on the web: clone, pull, push, …

      • Resolving conflicts

      • Open licenses

      • Where to host work, and why

    • Programming in Python

      • Using libraries

      • Working with arrays

      • Reading and plotting data

      • Creating and using functions

      • Loops and conditionals

      • Defensive programming

      • Using Python from the command line

  • Software Carpentry - Bash, Git, and Python Date: Thursday, May 23, 2019
    Time: 8:30am - 4:00pm
    Presenter: Jonathan Bradley, Chreston Miller
    Location: Newman 207A
    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 using the Python programming language, including program design, version control, data management, and task automation. Participants will be encouraged to help one another and to apply what they have learned to their own research problems.

     

    Workshop Objectives:

    By the end of this workshop, you will know how to use...

    • The Unix Shell

      • Files and directories

      • History and tab completion

      • Pipes and redirection

      • Looping over files

      • Creating and running shell scripts

      • Finding things

    • Version Control with Git

      • Creating a repository

      • Recording changes to files: add, commit, …

      • Viewing changes: status, diff, …

      • Ignoring files

      • Working on the web: clone, pull, push, …

      • Resolving conflicts

      • Open licenses

      • Where to host work, and why

    • Programming in Python

      • Using libraries

      • Working with arrays

      • Reading and plotting data

      • Creating and using functions

      • Loops and conditionals

      • Defensive programming

      • Using Python from the command line

  • Data Visualization and Design for Everyone with Tableau and Illustrator Date: Tuesday, May 28, 2019
    Time: 8:00am - 12:00pm
    Presenter: Jonathan Briganti, Kelsey Hammer & Michael Stamper
    Location: Torgersen 1120
    Campus: Blacksburg Campus

    Description:

    Data is everywhere, from surveys and social media to molecular modeling and journal metrics. Learn the visualization process from start to finish: use Tableau Prep to clean and prepare your data, add Tableau Desktop to create clear and flexible charts and diagrams, then use Adobe Illustrator to customize your visualizations for web, posters and infographics. This workshop covers beginner and intermediate levels; no experience is necessary with Tableau or Illustrator.

     

    Objectives:

    • Distinguish between tabular and relational databases and identify advantages of each

    • Evaluate data preparation needs and implement in Tableau Prep

    • Create 3 types of visualizations in Tableau Desktop

    • Apply data visualization design principles to improve initial draft visualizations

    • Manipulate vector graphics to create an infographic using Adobe Illustrator

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