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Welcoming Jamie Wittenberg

Research IT and the Library are pleased to welcome Jamie Wittenberg to UC Berkeley and to their joint Research Data Management program team. Jamie recently completed her Master of Science in Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As the Service Design Analyst in the RDM program, Jamie will play a pivotal role in all aspects of the campus-wide initiative whose goal is to design, develop and deliver a comprehensive suite of services that help researchers manage, protect and share their data.

Jamie brings valuable experience and a new perspective to the program. While studying for her MSLIS, she worked with researchers in a range of disciplines on data management challenges, earning certificates in data curation and special collections. Her experience includes a summer at Oxford University's e-Research Centre developing metadata best practices for complex digital objects, reference desk work in the UIUC Grainger Engineering Library, development of a web-based preservation assessment tool, and participating in a project at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at UIUC to create a metadata standard and ingest workflow for a new kinesiology data repository.

Jamie will form a vital bridge for the RDM program, connecting Research IT, the Library, and the campus research community.

Welcome, Jamie!

(Reposted from Research IT @ UC Berkeley)

Jul 29, 2015 | Categories: Featured News | chennesy

Summer Reading List: Statistical Models and Shoe Leather

The UC Berkeley Summer Reading List is an annual compilation of recommended (though not required) readings suggested by Cal faculty, staff, and students as a welcome to incoming freshmen and transfer students. This week we take a closer look at

"Statistical Models and Shoe Leather"

David A. Freedman

Sociological Methodology, volume 21, 1991

"One of the things we in Statistics try to do in our lower division courses is instill in our students a healthy level of skepticism about applications of statistical methodology. A reading that does a particularly good job of getting across the pitfalls inherent in many uses of simple statistical techniques as well as providing some success stories (such as John Snow's classical 1855 epidemiological investigation into the causes of cholera outbreaks with its wonderful story about the removal of the handle of the Broad St pump) is this article by my late Statistics colleague David A. Freedman.

(To get an idea of David Freedman's incredibly broad range of interests, I encourage you to read his Wikipedia page.)"

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STEVEN N. EVANS, Professor of Statistics and Mathematics

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Michael Larkin, Lecturer, College Writing Programs

Tim Dilworth, First Year Coordinator, Library

Jonathan Garrett, Site designer, Doe & Moffitt Libraries

Jul 27, 2015 | Categories: Featured News | agorden

Organizational Learning for Library Enhancements

The latest issue of C&RL (College & Research Libraries) includes an article co-authored by Associate University Librarian Beth Dupuis and Optometry & Health Sciences Librarian Jeff Loo. The article, Organizational Learning for Library Enhancements: A Collaborative, Research-Driven Analysis of Academic Department Needs, presents an evaluation and an assessment of the Academic Program Review (APR) at UC Berkeley. The authors illustrate how a systematic review of the various college and departmental APRs are used to supplement the work that librarian liaisons do and help prioritize library services and collection development.

Susan Koskinen
Head, Life and Health Sciences Division

Jul 27, 2015 | Categories: Featured News | chennesy

Summer Reading List: Citizen: An American Lyric

The UC Berkeley Summer Reading List is an annual compilation of recommended (though not required) readings suggested by Cal faculty, staff, and students as a welcome to incoming freshmen and transfer students.

This week we take a closer look at

"Citizen: An American Lyric" Claudia Rankine, Minneapolis: Graywolf Press, 2014

"In my opinion, Claudia Rankine's Citizen: An American Lyric was the most important book of poetry published last year, and probably in the past several years; it is at once an accessible and complex and challenging engagement with contemporary racism."

--- EVAN KLAVON, PhD Candidate, Department of English

This post was contributed by

Michael Larkin Lecturer, College Writing Programs

Tim Dilworth First Year Coordinator, Library

Jonathan Garrett Site designer, Doe & Moffitt Libraries

Jul 17, 2015 | Categories: Featured News | agorden

R Bootcamp at the D-Lab

Chris Paciorek, a lecturer and associate research statistician in the Department of Statistics, will be offering an intensive two-day introduction to R using RStudio on Aug 22 and 23.

What: R Bootcamp
Date: Sat, August 22 and Sun, August 23, 2015, 8:15am-4:30pm
Location: Genetics and Plant Biology (GPB) 100
Registration: To attend you must register. Please consult the D-Lab event page for more information.

Topics will include:

  • R basics - reading and manipulating data, working with R data objects, doing calculations, making plots
  • programming in R
  • doing statistical work in R
  • a brief intro to more advanced topics: efficiency, object-oriented programming, parallel processing in R

No prior experience with R is expected, but some familiarity with programming concepts such as loops, if-then-else statements, functions, etc. will be helpful.

Jul 15, 2015 | Categories: Featured News | chennesy

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