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Author: Nicole Hernandez (Research Commons Associate, University Libraries) (page 2 of 4)

Highlighting Data Visualization in the Libraries

As you walk by the entrance of 18th Avenue Library, you may have noticed a new display behind the glass panes showcasing what data visualization is, and highlighting the data visualization services offered by the Research Commons on the third floor.

Data visualization is data (which can be numbers, words, pictures, and many other things!) put into a visual context. For many of us, this could mean a simple pie chart or line graph we see in a presentation, or an infographic on the last US presidential election showing which states went to each candidate, and the number of votes for each candidate. Maybe it is a table and scatterplot we follow in a research journal article to understand the significance of research findings, or an interactive visualization in our web browser integrating both statistics and photos to show the medal winners in the last Olympics by country, sport, and athlete.

No matter where we look, and in all fields and areas of study, data visualization is being utilized as a method to explore and explain data, provide unique ways to make interesting observations and tell compelling stories. At the Research Commons, we offer data visualization consultations for your own research projects as well as a computer lab equipped with the latest software (Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Tableau, Excel) to meet whatever data visualization needs you may have.

Perhaps the most exciting news is the slew of hands-on data visualization workshops we are rolling out this spring. They will include individual workshops for Excel, Adobe Illustrator, and Tableau. Each workshop will occur twice this semester, so even if you are unable to attend one workshop, you will have another chance to attend the same workshop later in the semester. Expect to see the development of theory-based data visualization workshops, along with practical, tool-based workshops for the Fall 2018 and beyond!

Introduction to Illustrator for Data Visualization
February 22, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Register Here

Introduction to Tableau for Data Visualization
March 6, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Register Here

Introduction to Excel for Data Visualization
March 21, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Register Here

View the full line-up of workshops and events on the Research Commons Events Calendar

Ohio State ADVANCE Launches New Faculty Research Lecture Series

Ohio State ADVANCE in the Office of Research will host the first in a series of lectures highlighting the research journey of faculty. The mission of Ohio State ADVANCE is to increase the representation, advancement and recruitment of women faculty in the academic STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine) careers, and contribute to the development and success of global research leaders. Through this monthly series, speakers will share their research journey including both successes and challenges. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear these stories and network with other researchers from across campus. The January lecture features Dr. Claudia Turro.

Claudia Turro is the Dow Professor in Chemistry and Biochemistry at Ohio State. She is a leader and pioneer in the areas of inorganic chemistry, photochemistry and ultrafast spectroscopy. Her work in the design of new molecules that can be activated with light has resulted in important discoveries with impact ranging from medical therapy and diagnostics to sustainable energy and the environment.
Turro is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Chemical Society (ACS). She has received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the Beckman Young Investigator Award and the Inter-American Photochemical Society Award in Photochemistry. She has also been awarded the Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research Postdoctoral Fellowship, the 2017 Mentor on the Map Award by the National Organization of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers, the Edward W. Morley Medal from the Cleveland Section of the ACS, the Award of the Columbus Section of the ACS and the Susan M. Hartmann Mentoring and Leadership Award from the College of Arts and Sciences. In addition, Turro received the Ohio State University Distinguished Scholar Award in 2017. She is currently the associate editor for the Journal of the American Chemical Society.  Turro received her BS and PhD from Michigan State University. She joined the Ohio State faculty in 1996.

The January lecture featuring Dr. Turro will be on Monday, January 24 at 4:00 p.m. Those interested can register to attend the event here:

The February lecture will feature Dr. Andrea Grottoli on Monday, February 26. Registration:

The April lecture will feature Dr. Dorota A. Grejner-Brzezinska on Monday, April 16. Registration:

Graduate Students, Research, and International Travel: The Global Gateway Grant

The Global Gateway Graduate Student Research Abroad Grant (Global Gateway Grant) encourages and promotes the professional and academic development of graduate researchers at The Ohio State University by providing financial support for students to undertake research abroad. As part of the grant, graduate researchers help the University in pursuing its strategic international goals by creating and bolstering relations with universities and other institutions across the world, especially in countries in which Ohio State currently has a Global Gateway office. Successful applicants are awarded a grant up to $1,000 to assist with travel related expenses for research abroad. The Global Gateway Grant is funded by the Office of International Affairs, the Graduate School, and the Council of Graduate Students (CGS)

Awardees have traveled all over the world to conduct their research, including China, Brazil, Cameroon, India, and Italy. This ArcGIS Story Map shows the locations and research interests of the grant awardees for the past two years. The map was created through a collaboration between Josh Sadvari (GIS Specialist, University Libraries) and Keira Williams (Global Gateways Academic Program Manager, Office of International Affairs) and will be updated annually with information about each new group of awardees. 

The 2017 Global Gateway Grant recipients will share their research, their experiences abroad, and the relationships built during their research at the upcoming Global Gateway Grant Symposium.  The symposium will use PechaKucha formatting, allowing for 20 images with 20 seconds of background information by each graduate researcher to provide a glimpse into the significant international presence of each Global Gateway Grant awardee. Learn more about the Global Gateway Grant Symposium, and register to attend here.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 cycle of the Global Gateway Grant and are due on March 1, 2018. To see complete details and submit an application, visit the CGS Funding Opportunities page here:

Research Commons Collaboratory

The Research Commons team held a professional development event last week for Ohio State University Libraries employees to explore the robust research support services offered in the Research Commons. The event, coined the Collaboratory, began with introductions of the new Research Commons staff including Sharon Sadvari as the Data Services Specialist for Outreach and Education, Inal Elbeyli as the Research Commons Developer, and Lee-Arng Chang as the Data Visualization Specialist. The morning session included an overview of how the Research Commons services and spaces are being used by Ohio State faculty, postdocs, and graduate students, a synopsis of the Digital Humanities Environmental Scan for Ohio State, and a presentation on the expanding services offered regarding data management. After lunch, participants attended mini workshops focused on data management and visualization, digital humanities, research impact, and geographic information systems (GIS). Lasting twenty-five minutes each, these quick sessions provided basic information on the skills and tools used by our specialists to aide researchers at Ohio State. Activities included demonstrations of ArcGIS Story Maps, text mining, data management bingo, and digital humanities tools Scalar, Omeka, and Voyant. Participants also had the opportunity to explore some of the Research Commons specialized technology including the digital whiteboards and interactive table. At the end of the Collaboratory, Ohio State University Libraries faculty and staff learned about the vast support services available to Ohio State researchers through the Research Commons. 

Ohio State Librarians play Data Management Bingo.

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