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October 2021

Virtual Tour of the NEW Health Sciences Library & Wangensteen Historical Library

October 5 @ 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Health Sciences Library Service Desk

  The Health Sciences Library and the Wangensteen Library of Biology & Medicine are fully open in their new homes in the Phillips-Wangensteen Building and in the Health Sciences Education Center. Join us for a quick virtual tour of these new spaces and learn about how the libraries can power your curiosity, discovery, and connection. Register now

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Software Carpentry Workshop: Databases and SQL

October 5 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

This two day session focuses on using databases and SQL for search and analysis of large or complex data sets. Learn to write queries in SQL, which stands for “Structured Query Language”. SQL provides hundreds of different ways to analyze and recombine data. We will only look at a handful of queries, but that handful accounts for most of what scientists do. Sign up for a spot

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Workshop Your Research Question

October 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Women with question marks drawn around head

Sometimes the most challenging part of a search is figuring out how to articulate your question. Do you have an idea and want to refine your question and search strategy? Grab your lunch and join this informal session where you can talk through your question with a librarian and workshop different ways to approach it. Learn by watching others do the same thing! All backgrounds, disciplines, and project types are welcome. Let's have some fun over lunch! Register now

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Software Carpentry Workshop: Data Cleaning with OpenRefine

October 6 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

OpenRefine is a powerful open-source tool to help you work with messy data. We’ll show you how to explore and transform datasets using facets, filters, and clustering tools in OpenRefine. Researchers can take advantage of OpenRefine’s flexible spreadsheet-like interface in a reproducible and extensible framework. No previous experience is required Sign up for a spot

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ONLINE: Increase your reading efficiency

October 6 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Reading ramping up this semester? Having trouble staying focused? Let's talk about strategies to read more efficiently -- we'll cover reading strategies in the sciences and humanities. Register

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ONLINE: Midterm Madness Pomodoro Sessions

October 7 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Gather with other students and staff to learn how to use the Pomodoro technique--a brain-research based study strategy--and work on whatever needs to get done. Come prepared to be productive -- whether that means studying for midterms (or anything else!), researching and writing, or finishing a problem set. Power through with others for accountability, and use this focused time to get stuff done. Then take a group break and repeat. Zoom link will be sent to those registered. Register

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IN PERSON: Introduction to Forest Bathing (Shinrin-Yoku)

October 7 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Toaster Breakerspace (Walter Library Basement), 117 Pleasant St. S.E. (Lower Level)
Minneapolis, MN 55455 United States
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Are you feeling stressed or overwhelmed? Come slow down, de-stress from your daily routine, and deepen your connection to nature. It is different than other nature experiences such as hiking or birding; in forest bathing, we will be slowing down with intentionality and engaging all of our senses through some activities. Give your mind and body some time to rest, wander and wonder in nature. Join Kristen Mastel, Certified Forest Therapy Guide and Outreach Librarian, to discover “Forest Bathing” (The…

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The 59th James Ford Bell Lecture – Now Online

October 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free

Professor Chad Anderson, presents “Hidden in Plain Sight: Stories of Indigenous Power in Early American Cartography” on Thursday, Oct. 7, 7-9 p.m. This event takes place online.

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ONLINE: Introduction to Tableau

October 8 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Health Sciences Library, Phillipps-Wangensteen Building, 516 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455 United States

This workshop will introduce participants to the basics of using Tableau, a tool for visualizing data. Topics include preparing and importing datasets, creating queries, and exporting visualizations.

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Software Carpentry Workshop: Programming with R, Unix Shell, and Git

October 11 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Walter Library, 117 Pleasant St SE
Minneapolis, 55455 United States
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Free

This four day, hands-on workshop will cover core computational research skills needed to be productive as an individual scientist or in small research teams. Participants will learn how to automate tasks using the Unix shell, will be introduced to the R programming language, and will gain experience using Git and Github for version control. No previous programming experience is required! This workshop will be offered simultaneously in-person (in Walter 575) and on Zoom. Please register for the option that works…

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IN PERSON: Introduction to Virtual Reality

October 11 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
HSL VR Studio (5-132 Health Sciences Education Center), 526 Delaware St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455 United States
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Join us for an hour and immerse yourself in virtual reality experiences! This workshop will take place in the new Health Sciences Library Virtual Reality Studio, a 30x30’ space with the latest virtual, augmented, and mixed reality technology. Designed to introduce beginners to virtual reality technology, in this workshop we will play a game, take a virtual field trip, view 3D models and 360 photos, and talk briefly about how virtual reality can be applied in an academic context. Register…

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ONLINE: Midterm Madness Pomodoro Sessions

October 12 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Tomato shaped analog timer

Finish the semester strong by learning how to use the Pomodoro technique, a brain-based study strategy.

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ONLINE: Starting a research paper

October 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Get started on a paper or project in a helpful and supportive environment. About fifteen minutes of this virtual workshop will be devoted to sharing some tips and tricks for writing papers, scripts for presentations, and finding sources. The rest of the time will be devoted to actually getting work done with others who also need to get work done. Together we can help each other to beat paper panic and stop procrastinating! A link to the Zoom will be…

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ONLINE: Expanding your reach: How to give your best presentation

October 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Do you want to improve your skills in giving presentations? In this workshop you will learn best practices for presenting, such as telling your story with the ABT template, how to use design elements, and image use. Register now

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IN PERSON: Introduction to Forest Bathing (Shinrin-Yoku)

October 13 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Natural Resources Library, 1980 Folwell Ave.
Falcon Heights, MN 55108 United States
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Are you feeling stressed or overwhelmed? Come slow down, de-stress from your daily routine, and deepen your connection to nature. It is different than other nature experiences such as hiking or birding; in forest bathing, we will be slowing down with intentionality and engaging all of our senses through some activities. Give your mind and body some time to rest, wander and wonder in nature. Join Kristen Mastel, Certified Forest Therapy Guide and Outreach Librarian, to discover “Forest Bathing” (The…

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IN PERSON: PAWS (Pet Away Worry & Stress)

October 14 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Wilson Library, 309 19th Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55455 United States
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Stressed out? Come de-stress and forget about your worries at PAWS! Monthly PAWS sessions at Wilson Library feature registered therapy animal teams—including dogs, chickens, and other domestic animals like cats and rabbits—that you are welcome to interact with and pet. No registration or fee- just show up and pet away.

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