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Research Workshops Fall 2019

Starting next week, University of Houston Libraries will offer a series of workshops for faculty, staff, and students to hone their skills on a variety of research tools and practices. Register

Finding Data Workshop
Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 10:00am – 11:30am
Participants will be introduced to commonly-used library data sources and open data portals, and will learn tips for finding data and discuss how to evaluate the quality of data sources.

Introduction to Network Analysis: Basic Concepts, Applications, and Tools
Thursday, September 26, 2019, 10:00am – 11:30am
Network analysis is a research method that scholars in disciplines from public health, to business, sociology and etc. use to explore and visualize relationships between objects, entities, or people. This workshop takes an introductory look at the components of the method and discusses ways that researchers are currently employing it.

Core Data Management Practices for Researchers
Thursday, October 3, 2019, 10:00am – 11:30am
This workshop presents the basic elements of data management that are essential for UH researchers in all disciplines. Topics include: Data management plans, file organization and documentation, storage and backup, security, compliance with funder and university policies, data preservation, and archiving. 

Tableau I – Introduction
Wednesday, October 9, 2019, 10:00am – 11:30am
Participants will use Tableau Public to create interactive data visualizations. The workshop will cover an overview of the program and provide hands-on experience creating basic charts and maps, as well as creating interactive web-based visualization dashboards. It will also discuss publishing to the Tableau Public web server.

Tableau II – Calculations and analytics
Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 10:00am – 11:30am
Participants will use more advanced features in Tableau to manage data, such as join, union and edit data. Participants will also use calculations and parameters to make views more interactive. It will cover analytics to help spot trends and forecast data. Taking Tableau I prior to this workshop is strongly encouraged.

Selecting Journals for Publishing Your Research
Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 10:00am – 11:30am
This hands-on workshop discusses factors that could influence your choice of journals for academic publishing, including journal impact, publish frequency, review process, and other factors. Participants will leave the workshop with resources, handy tools, and strategies for making good choice for publishing your research.

Tableau III – Logical functions and customize dashboard
Wednesday, October 30, 2019, 10:00am – 11:30am
Participants will learn to use logical functions to determine if certain condition is true or false. The workshop will also cover building customized dashboard to make your visualization more appealing. Taking Tableau I and Tableau II prior to this workshop is strongly encouraged.

Introduction to R for Absolute Beginners
Thursday, November 7, 2019, 10:00am – 12:00pm
R is an open source software for statistical computing and graphics. This workshop is for people who want to begin to learn this powerful analysis tool but have little or no experience in any programming languages. The first half of this 2-hour workshop will focus on some basic concepts of coding and the second half will feature hands-on activities to learn basic R skills, such as installing R packages, importing files, and exploring data. Some troubleshooting tips and R resources will also be provided.

Data Archiving and Sharing
Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 10:00am – 11:30am

Increasingly research funders and academic publishers request or require that we share a portion of our data. This workshop covers a spectrum of sharing and archiving options, discusses considerations for choosing an option, and presents tips and tricks for preparing data for sharing and archiving. The content will be focused on a broad understanding relevant for researchers of all disciplines and at all stages of their academic career.

Poetry and Prose: New Grad Students

Update 9/17/19: Due to the tropical storm and weather forecast for tomorrow, Poetry & Prose has been rescheduled for October 16.

The 2019-2020 season of Poetry and Prose kicks off October 16, featuring new graduate students in the University of Houston Creative Writing Program. The long-running reading series, highlighting the work of UH faculty, students, alumni and other well-known writers, takes place in the Honors College Commons, MD Anderson Library at 5:30 p.m., and is free and open to the public.

Readers for October 16:

Erik Brown (MFA Poetry) received a BA in English and Creative Writing at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Erik comes to Houston from a seven-year career in fundraising and has helped raise millions of dollars for research into psychedelic-assisted therapies.

Christopher Miguel Flakus (MFA Poetry) has published work in The Huffington Post, Akashic Books: Mondays are Murder Noir Series, Indietronica, Outlaw Poetry, Glass Mountain Magazine, In Recovery Magazine, Glass Poetry, Black Heart Magazine, and elsewhere. In 2017 he was awarded the Fabian Worsham Prize for fiction. He is the author of the chapbooks Bear Down Into Hell With Me (As Only a True Friend Would), and Thirst, and Other  Poems  through Iron Lung Press, as well as the chapbooks Christiana, and Dialogos: Mexico City Poems from Analog Submission Press. He is the co-editor of Defunkt Magazine, a literary magazine focused on outsider writing and art. Christopher grew up in Mexico City and writes in both English and Spanish.

Joshua Steven Gregory (MFA Poetry) was born in Philadelphia, PA and is from southern New Jersey and Vermont. He has been awarded scholarships from the Colgate Writers’ Conference and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA for his work. He is also a recent graduate of Harvard Divinity School where he studied religion and ethics and practiced healthcare chaplaincy. He currently serves as Editor-at-Large for Peripheries Journal based out of the Center for the Study of World Religions (CSWR) at Harvard. Most recently, his poems have appeared in the Colorado Review and Denver Quarterly.

Gabriella Adriana Iacono (MFA Poetry) grew up in Staten Island, New York, where she earned her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from the College of Staten Island CUNY. She has worked in public education since 2014, and has served as an editor for NYSAI Press. Iacono is currently working on her first collection of poems.

Dan Kennedy (PhD Fiction) holds an MFA from Virginia Tech, where he won the Emily Morrison Prize in fiction. He grew up in rural Pennsylvania and graduated from Boston University with a BA in English; he was also a member of BU’s Division 1 wrestling team. His stories have appeared in BULLGhost Parachute, and Typehouse Literary Magazine. He’s currently at work on his first novel.

Aris Kian (MFA Poetry) is an inaugural member of CoogSlam, the 4th in the nation collegiate slam team. She has work published in Underground Journal. She was a blogger for AfroVibes Media and co-hosted poetry workshops for Writers in the Schools. She has been a featured reader for Write About Now Poetry (w/ CoogSlam), The Vibe Experience, and Glass Mountain.

Katie Milligan (MFA Fiction) grew up in Maine and earned her BA in English and Psychology from Dartmouth College. She has recently lived in Boston and New Hampshire, where she worked by day on the health innovation team at an HR consultancy and by night/weekend as a fiction student at GrubStreet, a Boston writing center.

Kaitlin Rizzo (MFA Poetry) prefers her cities underwater. After being raised in the hurricane lands of Florida, she now lives in Houston where she is a first year MFA in poetry. Three years after writing her first poem about the painter Artemisia Gentileschi, she is still happily obsessed and is now at work on her first collection of poetry about Gentileschi’s life.

giovanni singleton (PhD Poetry) holds an MFA from the New College of California and is the author of Ascension (Counterpath Press, 2011), which won the California Book Award Gold Medal, and of the poetry/art collection AMERICAN LETTERS: works on paper (Canarium Books, 2018). She received the African American Literature and Culture Society’s 2018 Stephen E. Henderson Award for literary achievement and served as the 2017-18 Holloway Lecturer in Poetry and Poetics at the University of California, Berkeley. Her work has appeared in Poem-a-Day, Poetry, What I Say: Innovative Poetry by Black Writers in America, Best American Experimental Writing, Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology, The Ecopoetry Anthology, and elsewhere. Her writing has also been exhibited in the Smithsonian Institute’s American Jazz Museum and on the building of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She is founding editor of nocturnes (re)view of the literary arts, a journal dedicated to experimental work of the African Diaspora and other contested spaces.

Daniel Tompkins (MFA Poetry) is a poet and writer originally from Virginia. His work has appeared in Rattle, Chaleur, Twyckenham Notes, and The Visible Poetry Project, and his first Chapbook, You Are No Phoenix, You Are Merely Aflame, is set to be published by Finishing Line Press.

By on September 10th, 2019 in Announcements, Featured, Student Success

OER Discussion Group

University of Houston Libraries will host a series of open educational resources (OER) discussion group meetings for faculty. Meetings will be held from 12 pm – 1 pm in the MD Anderson Library Training Room 10-G (basement level) on the following dates:

  • Friday, September 27
  • Friday, October 18
  • Friday, November 15

Snacks will be provided, and attendees are welcome to bring lunch. Sign up here. Walk-ins are welcome.

View all upcoming OER events at UH

By on September 6th, 2019 in Announcements, Featured, OER

Into the Archives: GCAM

University of Houston Libraries Special Collections hosted a class conversation with Judy Reeves from the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum of GLBT History (GCAM) this week. Reeves is a founding member and current curator of GCAM. She is a longtime activist in the community, having devoted many hours to organizations such as Pride Houston, Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church, and the Houston GLBT Caucus.

From left: Judy Reeves, Vince Lee, Leandra Zarnow

From left: Judy Reeves, Vince Lee, Leandra Zarnow

Assistant professor Leandra Zarnow of the UH department of History led her class, “Issues in Feminist Research: Into the Archives,” in a lively talk with Reeves and Vince Lee, archivist of the LGBT History Research Collection at UH Special Collections.

The GCAM Digital Archive is available online at the UH Digital Library. More than 30 years of Houston LGBTQ history is preserved and presented in this digital collection which contains over 100 LGBT newspaper issues from central Texas, the Dallas/Fort Worth area, and other Texas regions, from the 1970s through the early 2000s.