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Recent stories published by Colorado State University’s official news outlet, Source.

Colorado launches environmental justice tool

Scene showing different Colorado landscapes as the state launches EnviroScreen, an environment mapping tool.

This week marks the launch of Colorado EnviroScreen, the interactive online environmental justice tool to help disproportionately impacted communities and designed by three Colorado State University entities for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).

More specifically, EnviroScreen identifies the Colorado communities that have been most impacted by systematic barriers to health and wellness and the cumulative impact of environmental pollution.

CSU Libraries’ Geospatial Centroid was a partner in developing this tool.

Read more about this project on Source

Reconnecting with the vanished world of feminist publishing

Shane Snowdon

Many of today’s advances toward gender equality are the result of second-wave feminism, a 25-year-long movement that revolutionized the lives of women and members of the LGBTQ+ community.

Shane Snowdon, a second-wave feminist and the 2022 recipient of the Colorado State University Libraries’ Friedman Feminist Press Collection research grant, will study how the movement’s writing “personalized the political” and reflected unprecedented, intensely personal accounts of women on its front lines.

“With the Friedman Collection, we can gather on three shelves the books that changed the world,” Snowdon said. Being involved in “second-wave feminism changed my life and many others; there aren’t many places where you can see the books that did that.”

Despite its vital role in supporting activists, much of the second wave’s writing has fallen into “undeserved obscurity” — a trend that Snowdon believes the Friedman Collection can help reverse.

Read more about this collaboration on Source.

Project to lower textbook costs at CSU gets a $75,000 boost

Books at the Morgan Library

Gov. Jared Polis’ administration recently announced nearly $1 million in support for 20 projects designed to lower textbook costs and improve student success at 35 institutions of higher education — including Colorado State University.

The Colorado Commission on Higher Education has awarded CSU $75,000 to support a project to lower textbook costs in high enrollment courses with an increased focus on diversity, equity and inclusion.

The grant has been administered to CSU Libraries, and will be distributed through targeted outreach to departments, rather than a general call as in previous years, though this could change if funds are left over.

Projects will be evaluated on criteria such as: enrollment, drop/withdraw/fail rates, cost savings potential, and commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice. GT Pathways courses will be heavily weighted.

Read more about this project on Source

UPCOMING EVENTS

Workshop – Beyond Spreadsheets: Data Management & Analysis

Date: August 9, 10 and 11
Time: 9 a.m. to Noon. The room will be open at 8:30 a.m. for set-up.
Location: In-person only, Morgan Library Room 174

Sign up for Beyond Spreadsheets: Data Management & Analysis

Spreadsheets are a solid starting point for researchers to manage data, but the limitations can be frustrating. If you’re ready to take your research data to the next level with free and open-source software capable of automating tasks and promoting reproducibility, this workshop is for you.

This intensive, in-person workshop series led by CSU Libraries’ data specialists will increase your understanding and skills through hands-on training guided by experts.

This workshop series is designed for graduate-level and post-doc researchers new to Python, from any discipline, who want to more efficiently and effectively manage and analyze their data.

  • Day 1: Data Organization and Cleaning with Excel and Open Refine
  • Day 2: Data Management Using Databases and Intro to Python
  • Day 3: Data Analysis and Visualization with Python
Workshop – R for Geospatial Data

Date: August 9, 10 and 11
Time: 9 a.m. to Noon. The room will be open at 8:30 a.m. for set-up.
Location: In-person only, Morgan Library Room 203

Sign up for R for Geospatial Data

Geospatial data has become increasingly common in nearly every discipline, from natural resources to urban planning, archaeology to military tactics, engineering to epidemiology, politics to environmental justice, and more. In this workshop you will learn how to better handle, analyze and visualize spatial data using R, a popular programming language.

This intensive, in-person workshop series led by CSU Libraries’ data specialists will increase your understanding and skills through hands-on training guided by experts.

This workshop series is designed for researchers at any level that have a basic understanding of R and RStudio.

  • Day 1: Introduction to spatial data formats (vector and raster) and importing, cleaning, and manipulating spatial data
  • Day 2: Spatial analysis and basic plotting
  • Day 3: Spatial data visualization (static and interactive) and data sharing

 

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