Archive for February 6th, 2012

Designing Conference Posters

In a previous life, Colin Purrington taught evolutionary biology at Hudson
University for fourteen years. Today, he engages in a wide range of
pursuits, including offering high-quality tips on designing conference
posters. He bills his suggestions as “gratuitous advice on how to prepare
posters for scientific meetings, research conferences, and similar gathering
of nerds.” His humorous tone belies a distinct commitment to this area of
visual representation, and his suggestions are contained with three areas:
“What sections to include”, “Dos and DON’Ts”, and “Presenting your poster”.
Visitors can skip around to any of these suggestions, and they will find
Purrington’s style both down-to-earth and practical. The information here
includes sample posters and basic suggestions about what information to
include on such a poster. One area not to miss is “Making sure your poster
doesn’t suck”, which recommends that potential poster-presenters have their
friends look at their work when they aren’t present and stick post-it notes
with suggestions on said poster. Overall, this is a great site, and one
that’s worth sharing with friends and colleagues. [KMG]

Reposted from the Nov. 11, 2011 Scout Report.

THATCampVA 2012

Application Deadline: Thursday, March 1

Unconference Dates:

Friday, April 20
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 21
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Scholars’ Lab
Alderman Library

THATCampVA 2012 will be held on Friday and Saturday, April 20-21, 2012. Friday will open at 3:00 with your choice of two-hour workshops, one focusing on DIY Aerial Photography and the other on the newly-launched Neatline.  And then on Saturday the THATCampVA unconference itself, with sessions generated by the participants, will be held 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Opportunities for social time with friends old and new will be available on Friday night, April 20, at nearby establishments.

Please visit our THATCampVA 2012 website for more information and to register to attend.

Copyright 101: An Introduction to Copyright in a Digital Age

Wednesday, February 8
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Scholars’ Lab, Alderman Library 4th Floor

University Associate General Council Madelyn Wessel will join us in the Scholars’ Lab for the first of a series of four talks on the basics of current US copyright law and practice for scholars and researchers where she will discuss fair use and multimedia in the classroom and on the web.

GIS Workshop: Finding US Census Data

Wednesday, February 8
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Brown Library Electronic Classroom
Clark Hall

Repeats on:
Thursday, February 9
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Brown Library Electronic Classroom
Clark Hall

The United States Census has made big changes in their surveys and in the online tools to find and use US Census datasets. Join us for a hands-on session introducing the newly redesigned American Factfinder online tool for discovery and access to free data from the US Census. No experience working with US Census data or geographic information systems is required.

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February 2012