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Data Visualization Day 2020

The Hewlett Packard Enterprise Data Science Institute and University of Houston Libraries will co-host the UH Annual Data Visualization Day 2020 to be held on March 16 at MD Anderson Library. Register

UH Annual Data Visualization Day 2020

UH Annual Data Visualization Day 2020

The event will feature presentations and demos on data visualization and interpretation in all fields of research and academia. Students may enter a data visualization contest.

Data Visualization Day 2020 Schedule

9 a.m.
Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion
Opening Remarks

  • Claudia Neuhauser, associate vice president for research and technology transfer and director of the UH HPE Data Science Institute
  • Marilyn Meyers, interim dean of UH Libraries

9:15 a.m.
The Future of Data Visualization
Lindita Camaj, UH Valenti School of Communication

9:45 a.m.
Training Astronauts Using Hardware In-the-Loop Simulations and VR
Angelica Garcia, NASA
   
10:30 a.m.
The Human Body Project and the Anatomage Table
Lisa Ostrin, UH College of Optometry

11:00 a.m.
Interpretation of Machine Learning with Visualization and HPE AI Solutions
Soumyendu Sarkar, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

11:30 a.m.
The Sampled City – Visualizing Granularity and Connection in Health
Dan Price, UH Honors College and HPE Data Science Institute

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Demonstration of Visualization Tools
Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion

Introduction to Tableau
MD Anderson Library, Basement Level, Room 10-F

Register for Data Visualization Day 2020

Student Artist Reception February 13

Student Artist Reception February 13

Student Artist Reception February 13

The Architecture, Design, and Art Library will host an opening reception for student artist Reema Farra Yeager on February 13 at 12 noon. Her exhibit, All Roads Lead to Home, will be on view through April 2020.

Reema was born in South Dakota, grew up in California, North Dakota, and Damascus, Syria, and is currently based in Houston. In 2007 Reema received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Art Institute of Houston in Interior Design, and has been a practicing designer for over ten years. Currently, Reema is a Master of Fine Arts candidate at the University of Houston in Interdisciplinary Practice and Emerging Forms focusing on transmedia storytelling, which is the use of digital and analog media to tell narrative stories across platforms.

Upcoming OER Events

University of Houston Libraries will host several events related to open educational resources this semester.

Open Educational Resources Office Hours

Stop by to learn about open educational resources (OER). The OER Coordinator will be available in the Faculty Cafe to answer your questions, including helping to find and evaluate OER for your courses. These events are in partnership with Faculty Engagement and Development.

Tuesday, January 21, 1 – 2 p.m.
Tuesday, January 28, 1 – 2 p.m.
Tuesday, February 4, 1 – 2 p.m.
Tuesday, February 11, 1 – 2 p.m.
Tuesday, February 18, 1 – 2 p.m.


Alternative Textbook Incentive Program Lunch and Learn
Wednesday, January 22 | 12 – 1:30 p.m. | Ezekiel W. Cullen Room 33 (Faculty Cafe)

The Alternative Textbook Incentive Program awards UH instructors who replace a required traditional textbook in their course with open educational resources (OER) or other freely-available resources. Ariana Santiago, the OER Coordinator, will share information about the incentive program, including tips for preparing a successful application. The deadline for proposals for Summer 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021 is Friday February 21. This event is in partnership with Faculty Engagement and Development.

Box lunches are provided to the first ten attendees to arrive.


Alternative Textbook Incentive Program: Faculty Insights
Friday, February 7 | 10 – 11 a.m. | Agnes Arnold Hall Room 210

Due to the high costs of commercial textbooks, 37% of UH students don’t purchase required textbooks; they also report earning poor grades, taking fewer courses, and not registering for specific courses due to textbook costs. Through the Alternative Textbook Incentive Program (ATIP), UH instructors replace traditional textbooks with open or alternative textbooks in their courses, allowing all students free and immediate access to course materials. This presentation will share ATIP application information and insights from faculty who participated in the 2019-20 ATIP cohort.

Register here

This event is part of the Emerging Trends in Educational Technology lecture series, a partnership of the Office of the Provost and the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.

By on January 21st, 2020 in Announcements, OER, Student Success

Student-Curated Harlem Renaissance Exhibition

Elijah Caldwell

Elijah Caldwell

A student-curated exhibition is now on display at University of Houston Libraries Special Collections.

Blacker than a Thousand Midnights: Picturing the Black Spirit in Harlem Renaissance Graphic Arts was curated by students in last semester’s class, Art History 4394-6394 The Harlem Renaissance, taught by Dr. Caroline Goeser. The exhibition includes books of the Harlem Renaissance from Special Collections’ Rare Books Collections and artwork by student Elijah Caldwell.

The exhibition will run through Friday, March 27. A related exhibition will open at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Hirsch Library as Echoes of Harlem: The Graphic Work of Aaron Douglas, March 10 – June 27.

Research Workshops Spring 2020

University of Houston Libraries announces its spring 2020 research workshop series for faculty, staff, and students, offering a variety of research tools and practices. Register

Tableau I – Introduction
Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 10:00am – 11:30am
MD Anderson Library Training Room 106-R
In this workshop, participants will use Tableau Public to create interactive data visualizations. It 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.

Core Data Management Practices for UH Researchers
Thursday, January 30, 2020, 10:00am – 11:30am
MD Anderson Library Training Room 106-R
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 II – Calculations and analytics
Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 10:00am – 11:30am
MD Anderson Library Training Room 106-R

In this workshop, 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.

Finding Social Science Data
Thursday, February 6, 2020, 10:00am – 11:30am
MD Anderson Library Training Room 106-R
Participants will be introduced to some library-subscription sources for social science data (including business and sales data) as well as some portals for open data (such as census and demographic data). Participants will also learn tips for finding data and discuss how to evaluate the quality of data sources.

Tableau III—Logical functions and customize dashboard
Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 10:00am – 11:30am
MD Anderson Library Training Room 106-R
In this workshop, participants will learn to use logical functions to determine if certain condition is true or false. It 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.

Data Archiving and Sharing
Thursday, February 13, 2020, 10:00am – 11:30am
MD Anderson Library Training Room 106-R
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.

Introduction to R for Absolute Beginners
Tuesday, February 18, 2020, 10:00am – 12:00pm
MD Anderson Library Training Room 106-R
R is an open source software for statistical computing and graphics. This workshop is for individuals 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.

Finding STEM Data
Thursday, February 20, 2020, 10:00am – 11:30am
MD Anderson Library Training Room 106-R
Participants will be introduced to some library-subscription sources for STEM-related data as well as some portals for open data. Participants will also learn tips for finding data and discuss how to evaluate the quality of data sources.

Selecting Journals for Publishing Your Research
Tuesday, February 25, 2020, 10:00am – 11:30am
MD Anderson Library Training Room 10-G
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 a good choice for publishing your research.

UH Libraries Receives $100,000 Gift for OER

University of Houston Libraries has received an anonymous gift of $100,000 to support the expansion of open educational resources (OER).

OER are teaching and learning tools, either in the public domain or released with an open license, that anyone can freely use and re-purpose. As universities across the U.S. have embraced OER, academic libraries have become central to the adoption of open educational materials in the classroom.

Commercial textbook costs have risen more than four times the rate of inflation over the past few decades, which have both financial and academic impact on many University of Houston students. A survey conducted by the UH Student Government Association found that over 37% of UH students reported not purchasing a required textbook due to cost.

While expensive textbooks prevent students from accessing course materials, OER provide free and immediate access to course materials, allowing students to be prepared on the first day of class, earn better grades, and stay enrolled in the course.

To help eliminate this barrier to student success, UH Libraries has created the Alternative Textbook Incentive Program (ATIP) for faculty to adopt OER for their curricula. Co-sponsored by the UH Office of the Provost, ATIP provides awards to faculty who take steps to implement an open or alternative textbook. In the 1st year of ATIP, 16 projects were awarded, resulting in student cost savings of over $203,000 for the 2018-19 academic year. In the 2nd year, 23 projects were awarded, with projected student cost savings of over $757,000 for the 2019-20 academic year.

ATIP is part of the burgeoning OER initiatives at UH. Ariana Santiago, open educational resources coordinator at UH Libraries, facilitates outreach and education for faculty on OER-related topics, and coordinates a growing community of practice on OER.

“This significant gift will allow UH Libraries to expand the OER program to improve the academic experience of our students,” said dean of UH Libraries Lisa German. “With this donation, we’ll be able to increase incentives for faculty who implement OER and increase the opportunity for students to academically succeed.”

By on November 26th, 2019 in Announcements, Featured, OER, Student Success

Paws and Relax Fall 2019

Local organization Faithful Paws will bring certified therapy dogs to the MD Anderson Library for three sessions of end-of-semester stress relief. Drop in for petting, snuggling and treat-feeding with these gentle and friendly canines.

Paws and Relax

Paws and Relax

  • Monday, December 2: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. (concurrent with Finals Mania) 106-T and Liaison Services, behind Red Elevators
  • Tuesday, December 3: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. 106-T and 2nd floor
  • Wednesday, December 4: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. 106-T and 2nd floor
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By on November 19th, 2019 in Announcements, Featured, Student Success

Student Artist Reception November 8

Morgan Stahl

Morgan Stahl

The Architecture, Design, and Art Library will host an opening reception for student artist Morgan Stahl on November 8 at 12 noon. Her exhibit, Steel Time Capsule, will be on view through January 2020.

Steel Time Capsule is a collection of various memories and representations of myself, my family, and our experiences. Whether it is an item from my grandparent’s house or moment from a fun family vacation, I documented many things from my childhood through my art and sketches,” Stahl said.

Stahl is a designer from Baltimore, Maryland. She moved to Houston to study architecture at the University of Houston. She is in her fifth and final year of school and will graduate in May 2020. Stahl works at DEK Studio as a design professional on various small residential and commercial projects. She first started sketching in middle school while also taking many art classes in and outside of school to continuously learn more about design and art. Growing up in a small but tight knit family has influenced most of her work. Her art is representative of family and the emotions that come with those experiences.

The reception is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served, and the first 10 guests will receive a free gift.

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

New Student Art Exhibit

Emmanuel Oluwaseyi Bamtefa

Emmanuel Oluwaseyi Bamtefa

The Architecture, Design & Art Library is pleased to present a new student art exhibit.

Emmanuel Oluwaseyi Bamtefa’s Culture for the People will be on display August through October.

Bamtefa is a visual artist from New York and of Yoruba descent. He has been an active artist since 2012 and is interested in portraiture and figure painting. Bamtefa is in his senior year at the University of Houston School of Art.

Artist Statement
“As an artist, I look to introduce life of a certain people that is not familiar to the western world. I want to introduce people to a major people’s way of life through imagery and abstraction using different mediums. In this exhibition, I will focus on abstraction of reality from today’s society coming from my upbringing with the things I learnt from my perspective to things that I felt was necessary to talk about.”

A reception will be held on August 9 at 12 noon, free and open to the public. The first 10 guests will receive a gift.