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NEWS

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

Florida man returns stolen guidebook to Morgan Library after 47 years

One summer day in 1974, one of the three copies of the popular Guide to the Colorado Mountains quietly disappeared from the Morgan Library. 

Its location was unknown until October, when someone sent an anonymous message to the library’s online chat service. The sender wanted to know if they could return a copy of Guide to the Colorado Mountains that belonged to the library nearly 50 years ago. 

Read the rest of the story on Source.

Creative submissions to Morgan Library coloring contest offer mental health boost

Since the semester began in August, the student employees at Colorado State University’s Morgan Library have been answering the same question over and over again: “When will the coloring contest come back?”  

“I feel like after almost two years of COVID, we just need a little bit of coloring,” said Megan Robertson, a senior English major who works at the library’s front desk.  

Read the rest of the colorful story on Source.

Library grant application now open

The Water Resources Archive is accepting applications for the Water Scholar Award to researchers who are studying topics related to western water. Grants of up to $1,500 will be awarded to researchers whose work would benefit from extensive use of the archive’s primary sources and other materials. 

Read more about the grant applications on Source.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Coding & Cookies Workshops for Researchers

The Coding and Cookies series will teach you the basics of how to use R programming and version control using git to make your research more efficient and reproducible.

Coding & Cookies is offered in collaboration with the Department of Statistics. After adapting our approach to support online learning in 2020, we will continue to use a flipped classroom format in Spring 2022. To get the most out of these workshops, attendees are encouraged to watch a recorded video and follow along with the exercises presented before attending the live workshops, which will be hybrid sessions offered both online via Zoom and in person in Morgan Library. At the live sessions, we will review key concepts and work through additional examples and questions, with individual help available. If sessions are full, interested students are encouraged to review these materials and get in touch with the instructors for follow-up questions.

Sessions will be led by experienced statistics graduate students and facilitated by Mara Sedlins, PhD, Data Management Specialist at the CSU Libraries, and Julia Sharp, Associate Professor of Statistics and Director of the Graybill Statistics and Data Science Laboratory.

New to R or RStudio? We encourage you to attend the first session, R Basics. A basic working knowledge of R and RStudio is helpful to get the most out of the rest of the sessions. 

R basics

Learning how to code involves an investment of time and effort up front, but will save you time and effort in the long run. In the R basics Coding and Cookies session, the basics of using tabular data in RStudio will be discussed. By the end of this session, you will be able to load data into R, calculate summary statistics, and create exploratory graphs using R’s basic graphics package. This session is geared toward beginners, so if you have experience using R, this may not be the class for you.

February 1st, 10:00-11:30am
Registration link (in person): https://colostate.libcal.com/calendar/12856/r-basics-2022-02-01-in-person
Registration link (online): https://colostate.libcal.com/calendar/12856/r-basics-2022-02-01-online

February 22nd, 10:00-11:30am
Registration link (in person): https://colostate.libcal.com/calendar/12856/r-basics-2021-02-22-in-person
Registration link (online): https://colostate.libcal.com/calendar/12856/r-basics-2022-02-22-online

Tidy Data in R

The process of generating data can be messy, and what you can do with your data depends strongly on how it is formatted. This month's coding and cookies will cover the definition of “tidy data”, a standardized way of formatting your data that makes it easier to work with. You will learn how to clean and reformat your data using a collection of R packages called the tidyverse. A basic working knowledge of R and R studio would be helpful for you to get the most out of this session.

March 22nd, 10:00-11:30am
Registration link (in person): https://colostate.libcal.com/calendar/12856/tidy-data-r-2023-03-22-in-person
Registration link (online): https://colostate.libcal.com/calendar/12856/tidy-data-r-2022-03-22-online

Data Visualization using ggplot2

So you’re familiar with R, but want to do more with your plots than the base graphics package.  In this month’s Coding and Cookies, the ggplot2 package in R will be discussed. After this session, you will be able to create a variety of plot types, alter their aesthetics, and create custom themes. A working knowledge of R and R studio and dplyr would be helpful for you to get the most out of this session.

April 5th, 10:00-11:30am
Registration link (in person): https://colostate.libcal.com/calendar/12856/data-viz-2022-04-05-in-person
Registration link (online): https://colostate.libcal.com/calendar/12856/data-viz-2022-04-05-online

Version Control using Git

We’ve all intuitively used some type of version control in our work such as saving multiple versions of a document. While easy, it can cause file bloat and ultimately become more complicated. Luckily, formal version control systems have been developed to streamline this process. In this month’s Coding and Cookies session, we will be covering version control using git. After this session, you’ll be able to create a git repository, make and add changes to the repository, and use GitHub to remotely store your repository.

April 19th, 10:00-11:30am
Registration link (in person): https://colostate.libcal.com/calendar/12856/version-control-2022-04-19-in-person
Registration link (online): https://colostate.libcal.com/calendar/12856/version-control-2022-04-19-online

Creative Writing Reading Series

Each fall and spring semester at Colorado State University, the Department of English welcomes distinguished literary voices to share their work and to engage with the local community. Visiting writers hold audience question-and-answer sessions, book signings, and other outreach activities. The series features Pulitzer Prize winners, U.S. poets laureate, National Book Critics Circle Award winners, Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award winners, NAACP Image Award nominees, Oprah’s Book Club selections, National Book Award finalists and recognized voices in young adult literature.

The CSU Creative Writing Reading Series is made possible by the Organization of Graduate Student Writers, the CSU Department of English, the College of Liberal Arts, CSU Libraries, the Lilla B. Morgan Memorial Endowment, the donor sponsor of the Crow-Tremblay Alumni Reading Series and other generous support.

More Information

February 24, 2022, 7:30pm
The Griffin Concert Hall at the University Arts Center (1400 Remington Street)

Paisley Rekdal
Lauren Groff

The Mountain West Poetry Series
March 31, 2022, 7:30pm
Lory Student Center, Longs Peak Room

Cynthis Parker-Ohene
Kevin Phan

Crow-Tremblay Alumni Reading
April 14, 2022, 7:30pm
Lory Student Center, Longs Peak Room

Abby Kaupang
Claire Boyles

Thesis Readings
Longs Peak Room, 7:30pm

March 10, 2022: Grace Loveland, Hannah Barnhart, Jonnie Genova, Mike Moening

April 8, 2022: Angela Sabo, Annmarie Delfino, Ross Reagan, Sarah Olson

Software Carpentry for CSU Students and Researchers (in partnership with NASA DEVELOP)

Join the Geospatial Centroid and NASA DEVELOP for this fully remote programming series. For details, please contact Dan Carver at dan.carver@colostate.edu  

R
February 7:  10am - 12pm
February 8:  10am - 12pm
February 9:  10am - 12pm

Intermediate R
February 9:  1pm - 3pm
February 10: 1pm - 3pm

Python
February 7:  10am - 12pm
February 8:  10am - 12pm
February 9:  10am - 12pm

Intermediate Python
February 9:  1pm - 3pm
February 10: 1pm - 3pm

Register for sessions

 

 

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