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Type of Event

Event Calendar

June 2019

Thu, Jun 6, 2019

"The Writers' Retreat" comic illustration of imaginary writing place, by Grant Snider, by permission.

Write-On-Site (for Faculty & Staff)

9:00 am - 12:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Faculty and Staff are invited to an informal, drop-in writing space. If writing with others inspires you to maintain a regular writing practice, please join us. Light refreshments will be available. Hosted by the Writing Center.

Tue, Jun 11, 2019

The watershed has the typical triangular shape, with the larger portion extending to the top of the Holyoke range and narrowing as it proceeds downhill to the reservoir.

Mapping Geographic Data with ArcGIS

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are a powerful tool to discover spatial relationships and illuminate your research with intuitive maps:

• Illustrate historic sites and extract features from old maps;
• Spatially correlate census, economic, and other data;
• Display geologic formations and delineate watersheds;
• Track human, animal, and plant populations; and
• Map locations from a GPS receiver.

You will learn about:

• Constructing and Sharing Maps (including with Google Earth);
• Mapping Named Data (including census data and street addresses);
• Mapping Coordinate Data (including using a GPS receiver);
• Mapping Image Data (including scanned maps and satellite data); and
• Extracting Map Features

This workshop is in four parts:

• Tuesdays, June 11,18, 25, and July 2

Snacks and drinks will be provided!

Please register in advance:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScijz6Qre8lrzSjOJrujtOXhGpKob9m...

Registration Required

Wed, Jun 12, 2019

Writing While Researching

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Frost Library, 211 (CHI Seminar Room)

Designed for students at the start of a large scholarly project, this workshop will introduce writing techniques for taking effective and versatile notes, processing what you learn as you read, and developing your own ideas in relation to the texts you’re reading. Bring a reading from your project, as we’ll practice the techniques together. Taught by Jessica Kem, director of the Writing Center.

Students Only
Registration Required

Manipulating Images with Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop is the industry-standard program for image creation and editing. Images created in Photoshop can be incorporated into other documents such as Word, InDesign, PowerPoint, and Web pages. Using Photoshop you can easily crop and merge photos (e.g., “Photoshop me in!”) and retouch them to create sharper, more vibrant, and blemish-free images. Students can use Photoshop on their own computers with an Adobe Creative Cloud license.

• Wednesday, June 12
• 6-8 p.m.

Snacks and drinks will be provided!

Please register in advance:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScijz6Qre8lrzSjOJrujtOXhGpKob9m...

Registration Required

Thu, Jun 13, 2019

"The Writers' Retreat" comic illustration of imaginary writing place, by Grant Snider, by permission.

Write-On-Site (for Faculty & Staff)

9:00 am - 12:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Faculty and Staff are invited to an informal, drop-in writing space. If writing with others inspires you to maintain a regular writing practice, please join us. Light refreshments will be available. Hosted by the Writing Center.

Exploring Data with Excel

Excel is an essential tool for organizing and exploring data from all fields of research. Its flexible tabular format provides a convenient display of data, and it provides many functions for basic statistics, selection, summary, and plotting. In addition, if you understand Excel, you will also be familiar with Google Docs online spreadsheets. If you’ve been a casual user of Excel, there are many capabilities and tricks that you may not be aware of. Come and find out what you’ve been missing. Excel is part of Microsoft Office, which Amherst students, faculty, and staff can download for free.

• Thursday, June 13
• 6-8 p.m.

Snacks and drinks will be provided!

Please register in advance:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScijz6Qre8lrzSjOJrujtOXhGpKob9m...

Registration Required

Mon, Jun 17, 2019

A stylized representation of two intertwined python snakes

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 four parts:

• Mondays, June 17, 24, and July 1, 8

Snacks and drinks will be provided!

Please register in advance:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScijz6Qre8lrzSjOJrujtOXhGpKob9m...

Registration Required

Tue, Jun 18, 2019

All-Staff Meeting

President Martin and members of the senior staff will share their reflections on the year, update you on college priorities and developments in staff life, and respond to your questions and comments.

The watershed has the typical triangular shape, with the larger portion extending to the top of the Holyoke range and narrowing as it proceeds downhill to the reservoir.

Mapping Geographic Data with ArcGIS

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are a powerful tool to discover spatial relationships and illuminate your research with intuitive maps:

• Illustrate historic sites and extract features from old maps;
• Spatially correlate census, economic, and other data;
• Display geologic formations and delineate watersheds;
• Track human, animal, and plant populations; and
• Map locations from a GPS receiver.

You will learn about:

• Constructing and Sharing Maps (including with Google Earth);
• Mapping Named Data (including census data and street addresses);
• Mapping Coordinate Data (including using a GPS receiver);
• Mapping Image Data (including scanned maps and satellite data); and
• Extracting Map Features

This workshop is in four parts:

• Tuesdays, June 11,18, 25, and July 2

Snacks and drinks will be provided!

Please register in advance:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScijz6Qre8lrzSjOJrujtOXhGpKob9m...

Registration Required

Wed, Jun 19, 2019

Summer Thesis Research Table

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Frost Library, Research Tables (1st floor)

The thesis research table is a regular meet-up for students who are starting work on a thesis (or other similar long-term research projects). Each week, we’ll start with reflective accountability check-ins and then focus our discussion on a particular aspect of the research and writing process. Drop in or attend regularly. We'll provide the donuts! Hosted by Frost Library and the Writing Center.

Students Only
A diamond shape with three-node network suggesting the merging and forking of a set of code.

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 collaborating with others, so that you can safely experiment with fixing errors in their code and taking it in new directions.

Snacks and drinks will be provided!

Please register in advance:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScijz6Qre8lrzSjOJrujtOXhGpKob9m...

Registration Required

Thu, Jun 20, 2019

"The Writers' Retreat" comic illustration of imaginary writing place, by Grant Snider, by permission.

Write-On-Site (for Faculty & Staff)

9:00 am - 12:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Faculty and Staff are invited to an informal, drop-in writing space. If writing with others inspires you to maintain a regular writing practice, please join us. Light refreshments will be available. Hosted by the Writing Center.

Fri, Jun 21, 2019

ninja typing on a computer

Productive Habits for Big Writing Projects

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Frost Library, 211 (CHI Seminar Room)

If you are getting started on a long-term writing project such as an honors thesis, you may have good intentions about setting deadlines and staying motivated, but you may also recognize that you've never done this before. Learn practices that will help you start and complete a project you can be proud of while minimizing agony and despair. This workshop will introduce you to strategies for establishing good habits early, for breaking a large project into smaller chunks, and for addressing procrastination and writer’s block. Please bring your calendar.

Students Only
Registration Required
ninja sitting at a laptop

Productive Habits for Big Writing Projects

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Frost Library, 211 (CHI Seminar Room)

If you are getting started on a long-term writing project such as an honors thesis, you may have good intentions about setting deadlines and staying motivated, but you may also recognize that you've never done this before. Learn practices that will help you start and complete a project you can be proud of while minimizing agony and despair. This workshop will introduce you to strategies for establishing good habits early, for breaking a large project into smaller chunks, and for addressing procrastination and writer’s block. Participants should bring their calendars. Led by Jessica Kem, director of the Writing Center.

Students Only
Registration Required

Mon, Jun 24, 2019

A stylized representation of two intertwined python snakes

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 four parts:

• Mondays, June 17, 24, and July 1, 8

Snacks and drinks will be provided!

Please register in advance:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScijz6Qre8lrzSjOJrujtOXhGpKob9m...

Registration Required

Tue, Jun 25, 2019

The watershed has the typical triangular shape, with the larger portion extending to the top of the Holyoke range and narrowing as it proceeds downhill to the reservoir.

Mapping Geographic Data with ArcGIS

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are a powerful tool to discover spatial relationships and illuminate your research with intuitive maps:

• Illustrate historic sites and extract features from old maps;
• Spatially correlate census, economic, and other data;
• Display geologic formations and delineate watersheds;
• Track human, animal, and plant populations; and
• Map locations from a GPS receiver.

You will learn about:

• Constructing and Sharing Maps (including with Google Earth);
• Mapping Named Data (including census data and street addresses);
• Mapping Coordinate Data (including using a GPS receiver);
• Mapping Image Data (including scanned maps and satellite data); and
• Extracting Map Features

This workshop is in four parts:

• Tuesdays, June 11,18, 25, and July 2

Snacks and drinks will be provided!

Please register in advance:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScijz6Qre8lrzSjOJrujtOXhGpKob9m...

Registration Required

Wed, Jun 26, 2019

Summer Thesis Research Table

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Frost Library, Research Tables (1st floor)

The thesis research table is a regular meet-up for students who are starting work on a thesis (or other similar long-term research projects). Each week, we’ll start with reflective accountability check-ins and then focus our discussion on a particular aspect of the research and writing process. Drop in or attend regularly. We'll provide the donuts! Hosted by Frost Library and the Writing Center.

Students Only

Thu, Jun 27, 2019

"The Writers' Retreat" comic illustration of imaginary writing place, by Grant Snider, by permission.

Write-On-Site (for Faculty & Staff)

9:00 am - 12:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Faculty and Staff are invited to an informal, drop-in writing space. If writing with others inspires you to maintain a regular writing practice, please join us. Light refreshments will be available. Hosted by the Writing Center.