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Event Calendar

Today - Wed, Jun 20, 2018

ninja at a computer

Summer Thesis Research Table

10:30 am - 11:30 am Frost Library, 1st floor research tables

The thesis research table is a regular meet-up for students who are starting work on a thesis project to find support from each other and from instructional staff. Each week will focus on an aspect of the research and writing process; topics will be determined by the group. These might be instructional activities, discussions, work sessions or whatever works for the group. Donuts and coffee will be served! Drop in or attend regularly. Hosted by Blake Doherty of Frost Library and Jessica Kem of the Writing Center.

Students Only

Scientific Programming with Python

Python is a freely distributable high-level programming language that has become very popular for everything from scripting applications and web-page generation to solving scientific problems. It shares many basic characteristics with languages like Mathematica, Matlab and Labview, and has an extensive set of numerical and scientific modules. In this class we will use Python to build instructions describing a scientific problem, and solve it using the college computing cluster.

This workshop is in three parts:

Monday through Wednesday, June 18 – 20, 6–9 p.m.; light dinner provided at 5:30 p.m.
(additional meetings may be arranged if there is interest).

Please register in advance:

https://www.amherst.edu/library/services/students/summer/response

Mon, Jun 25, 2018

Amherst College Travel Portal Training

We’re delighted to announce that the College has a new on-line travel portal which can be used to make air, hotel, car, and rail reservations (https://hub.fcm.travel/amherst). Your login is your Amherst College email and you will prompted to set up your password the first time you log in. In addition to best in class fare selections, other benefits of the tool include 24/7 worldwide emergency support, the ability to use your frequent flyer and membership numbers, travel policy guides, and phone access to travel agents as required. While training will be offered on campus in the near future, you’re invited to join one of our upcoming web classes on June 18 or June 25 from 10–10:45 a.m.

Meeting Password: Travel 18

Phone Dial-in
1-650-429-3300 Call-in toll number (US/Canada)
1-866-469-3239 Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada)
Meeting number (access code): 285 766 852

Wed, Jun 27, 2018

ninja at a computer

Summer Thesis Research Table

10:30 am - 11:30 am Frost Library, 1st floor research tables

The thesis research table is a regular meet-up for students who are starting work on a thesis project to find support from each other and from instructional staff. Each week will focus on an aspect of the research and writing process; topics will be determined by the group. These might be instructional activities, discussions, work sessions or whatever works for the group. Donuts and coffee will be served! Drop in or attend regularly. Hosted by Blake Doherty of Frost Library and Jessica Kem of the Writing Center.

Students Only

Thu, Jun 28, 2018

Debugging and Version Control for Programming

Want your computer code to be perfect? Start by realizing that you will make mistakes when writing it! In this class you’ll learn how to discover and fix your errors. We will cover basic principles of debugging applicable to any programming language, though examples will use the Python language and its standard debugger pdb. Sometimes you’ll also want to try out new ideas without ruining the code that’s already working. We will therefore learn the basics of using the Git version control system, which makes it easy to fall back to an earlier version of your code if necessary. Git is also an important tool for working collaborating with others, so that you can safely experiment with taking their code in new directions.

Thursday, June 28, 6–9 p.m.; light dinner provided at 5:30 p.m.

Please register in advance:

https://www.amherst.edu/library/services/students/summer/response

Mon, Jul 9, 2018

Interactive Data Visualization on the Web

The World-Wide Web is a set of computer technologies that publish and display information over the Internet in a highly interactive manner. Snazzy, interactive visualizations of information produced by science or the digital humanities are all over the Web and easier to create than ever before. In this example-based course you’ll learn about:

• Enough Web plumbing (HTML, CSS, SVG) to write your own web pages;
• A programming language to manipulate your web pages (JavaScript);
• A visualization library (D3) that will make your data sparkle.

This workshop is in three parts:
Monday through Wednesday, July 9–11, 6–9 p.m.; light dinner provided at 5:30 p.m.
(additional meetings may be arranged if there is interest).

Please register in advance:

https://www.amherst.edu/library/services/students/summer/response

Tue, Jul 10, 2018

Interactive Data Visualization on the Web

The World-Wide Web is a set of computer technologies that publish and display information over the Internet in a highly interactive manner. Snazzy, interactive visualizations of information produced by science or the digital humanities are all over the Web and easier to create than ever before. In this example-based course you’ll learn about:

• Enough Web plumbing (HTML, CSS, SVG) to write your own web pages;
• A programming language to manipulate your web pages (JavaScript);
• A visualization library (D3) that will make your data sparkle.

This workshop is in three parts:
Monday through Wednesday, July 9–11, 6–9 p.m.; light dinner provided at 5:30 p.m.
(additional meetings may be arranged if there is interest).

Please register in advance:

https://www.amherst.edu/library/services/students/summer/response

Wed, Jul 11, 2018

ninja at a computer

Summer Thesis Research Table

10:30 am - 11:30 am Frost Library, 1st floor research tables

The thesis research table is a regular meet-up for students who are starting work on a thesis project to find support from each other and from instructional staff. Each week will focus on an aspect of the research and writing process; topics will be determined by the group. These might be instructional activities, discussions, work sessions or whatever works for the group. Donuts and coffee will be served! Drop in or attend regularly. Hosted by Blake Doherty of Frost Library and Jessica Kem of the Writing Center.

Students Only

Zotero Workshop

Want to make your research process more organized and efficient? Attend a one-hour tutorial to get started with Zotero! Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free application that helps you collect, manage, and cite your sources. It's available in all computer labs on campus and you can download it on your personal computer for free. If you're interested but can't make it to the workshop, click on the more information link below to see the full workshop schedule or to make an individual appointment.

Interactive Data Visualization on the Web

The World-Wide Web is a set of computer technologies that publish and display information over the Internet in a highly interactive manner. Snazzy, interactive visualizations of information produced by science or the digital humanities are all over the Web and easier to create than ever before. In this example-based course you’ll learn about:

• Enough Web plumbing (HTML, CSS, SVG) to write your own web pages;
• A programming language to manipulate your web pages (JavaScript);
• A visualization library (D3) that will make your data sparkle.

This workshop is in three parts:
Monday through Wednesday, July 9–11, 6–9 p.m.; light dinner provided at 5:30 p.m.
(additional meetings may be arranged if there is interest).

Please register in advance:

https://www.amherst.edu/library/services/students/summer/response

Fri, Jul 13, 2018

Amherst College student presents a research poster

Workshop: Effective Poster Design

Through examples, analysis, and discussion, we will determine what makes a research poster successful, and we will discuss visual design and rhetoric, effective use of graphics, and how to engage your audience. This workshop is part 1 of the poster design series; for part 2 (an introduction to the software for poster design), go to https://tinyurl.com/AmherstPoster.

This workshop is required for all SURF students, but other Amherst College students are welcome to attend as well.

Led by Kristen Greenland, Science Librarian, and Jessica Kem, Director of the Writing Center.

Students Only

Mon, Jul 16, 2018

Constructing Posters for High-Impact Communication (PowerPoint)

Part 2 of the poster design series

All summer research students are invited to describe their efforts and results at the annual Summer Research Poster Presentation on September 9. This class will help you produce a large-format poster that will get your message across here and at many other conferences.

This workshop will build on the design principles shared in Part 1 to show you how to lay out your poster, including adding text, photos, illustrations, and graphics, and applying special effects. You have two options:

• Microsoft PowerPoint is a popular program to build computer presentations, and it can also be used to lay out print posters. It is not the best tool for the job but it is more readily available and perhaps more familiar to you. PowerPoint is part of Microsoft Office, which students, faculty, and staff can download for free.
• Adobe InDesign is the industry standard tool for creating posters as well as newsletters, brochures, and other print media. It is very similar to Photoshop and Illustrator but has other features that make it the best tool for combining text and graphics. Students can use InDesign on their own computers with an Adobe Creative Cloud license.

This workshop is repeated thrice, with different tools:

• PowerPoint: Monday, July 16, 6–8 p.m. or
• InDesign: Tuesday, July 17, 6–8 p.m. or
• PowerPoint: Wednesday, July 25, 6–8 p.m.

Light dinner provided at 5:30 p.m. before each meeting.

Please register in advance:

https://www.amherst.edu/library/services/students/summer/response

Tue, Jul 17, 2018

Constructing Posters for High-Impact Communication (InDesign)

Part 2 of the poster design series

All summer research students are invited to describe their efforts and results at the annual Summer Research Poster Presentation on September 9. This class will help you produce a large-format poster that will get your message across here and at many other conferences.

This workshop will build on the design principles shared in Part 1 to show you how to lay out your poster, including adding text, photos, illustrations, and graphics, and applying special effects. You have two options:

• Microsoft PowerPoint is a popular program to build computer presentations, and it can also be used to lay out print posters. It is not the best tool for the job but it is more readily available and perhaps more familiar to you. PowerPoint is part of Microsoft Office, which students, faculty, and staff can download for free.
• Adobe InDesign is the industry standard tool for creating posters as well as newsletters, brochures, and other print media. It is very similar to Photoshop and Illustrator but has other features that make it the best tool for combining text and graphics. Students can use InDesign on their own computers with an Adobe Creative Cloud license.

This workshop is repeated thrice, with different tools:

• PowerPoint: Monday, July 16, 6–8 p.m. or
• InDesign: Tuesday, July 17, 6–8 p.m. or
• PowerPoint: Wednesday, July 25, 6–8 p.m.

Light dinner provided at 5:30 p.m. before each meeting.

Please register in advance:

https://www.amherst.edu/library/services/students/summer/response

Wed, Jul 18, 2018

ninja at a computer

Summer Thesis Research Table

10:30 am - 11:30 am Frost Library, 1st floor research tables

The thesis research table is a regular meet-up for students who are starting work on a thesis project to find support from each other and from instructional staff. Each week will focus on an aspect of the research and writing process; topics will be determined by the group. These might be instructional activities, discussions, work sessions or whatever works for the group. Donuts and coffee will be served! Drop in or attend regularly. Hosted by Blake Doherty of Frost Library and Jessica Kem of the Writing Center.

Students Only

Investigating Networks with Gephi

Gephi is a freely distributable tool for exploring and analyzing networks, with or without a geographic component. Related items can be associated with each other with different colors based on their properties, and clusters of connections and other patterns can be easily visualized as you rotate and arrange the network. Terrific for social network analysis (e.g. who’s writing to who) and economic analysis (e.g. what one country is selling to others) and even for studying biological networks!

Wednesday, July 18, 6–8 p.m.; light dinner provided at 5:30 p.m.

Please register in advance:

https://www.amherst.edu/library/services/students/summer/response

Tue, Jul 24, 2018

Writing Scientific Papers with LaTeX

LaTeX is a computer language for the creation of high-quality scientific and technical documents. In addition to structuring your writing in the usual paragraphs and sections, its features include mathematical equation typesetting, bibliographies, and automatic numbering of sections, equations, references, tables, and figures. LaTeX is built upon a lower-level typesetting language called TeX, and is open-source and free to use. It’s available in a number of packages that you can install on your own computer, and is most easily composed using a dedicated editor and interpreter. We recommend the following:

• Macintosh: MacTeX + TeXShop
• Windows: MikTeX + TexStudio

Tuesday, July 24, 6–8 p.m.; light dinner provided at 5:30 p.m.

Please register in advance:

https://www.amherst.edu/library/services/students/summer/response

Wed, Jul 25, 2018

ninja at a computer

Summer Thesis Research Table

10:30 am - 11:30 am Frost Library, 1st floor research tables

The thesis research table is a regular meet-up for students who are starting work on a thesis project to find support from each other and from instructional staff. Each week will focus on an aspect of the research and writing process; topics will be determined by the group. These might be instructional activities, discussions, work sessions or whatever works for the group. Donuts and coffee will be served! Drop in or attend regularly. Hosted by Blake Doherty of Frost Library and Jessica Kem of the Writing Center.

Students Only

Constructing Posters for High-Impact Communication (PowerPoint)

Part 2 of the poster design series

All summer research students are invited to describe their efforts and results at the annual Summer Research Poster Presentation on September 9. This class will help you produce a large-format poster that will get your message across here and at many other conferences.

This workshop will build on the design principles shared in Part 1 to show you how to lay out your poster, including adding text, photos, illustrations, and graphics, and applying special effects. You have two options:

• Microsoft PowerPoint is a popular program to build computer presentations, and it can also be used to lay out print posters. It is not the best tool for the job but it is more readily available and perhaps more familiar to you. PowerPoint is part of Microsoft Office, which students, faculty, and staff can download for free.
• Adobe InDesign is the industry standard tool for creating posters as well as newsletters, brochures, and other print media. It is very similar to Photoshop and Illustrator but has other features that make it the best tool for combining text and graphics. Students can use InDesign on their own computers with an Adobe Creative Cloud license.

This workshop is repeated thrice, with different tools:

• PowerPoint: Monday, July 16, 6–8 p.m. or
• InDesign: Tuesday, July 17, 6–8 p.m. or
• PowerPoint: Wednesday, July 25, 6–8 p.m.

Light dinner provided at 5:30 p.m. before each meeting.

Please register in advance:

https://www.amherst.edu/library/services/students/summer/response