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    The Influence of Feeding Modality on Infant Gut Microbiome Development and Growth Outcomes
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Upcoming Events


Data Manipulation in R with dplyr: HSL Research and Data Workshop @ UVA Health Sciences Library, Carter Classroom
Jan 23 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Data Manipulation in R with dplyr

Data analysis involves a large amount of janitor work – munging and cleaning data to facilitate downstream data analysis. This workshop is designed for those with a basic familiarity with R who want to learn tools and techniques for advanced data manipulation. It will cover data cleaning and “tidy data,” and will introduce participants to R packages that enable data manipulation, analysis, and visualization using split-apply-combine strategies. Upon completing this lesson, participants will be able to use the dplyr package in R to effectively manipulate and conditionally compute summary statistics over subsets of a “big” dataset containing many observations.

Date:  Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Time:  9:00am – 12:00pm
Location:  Health Sciences Library Carter Classroom
Instructor:  Marieke Jones, PhD, Health Sciences Library
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Collaboration Webinar: Trial Innovation Network – Novel approaches to clinical trials recruitment @ Online
Jan 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


Novel approaches to clinical trials recruitment: Lessons learned from the 2017 Buffalo Creative Scientist Workshop
Larry Hawk, Ph.D.

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The webinar will highlight key elements and products of the March 2017 workshop, which brought together 50+ clinical investigators, engagement specialists, and others from 7 CTSA hubs, as well as industry and NIH. The facilitated workshop took a deliberate creativity approach, interleaving keynote talks (advancing the state-of-the-science, the role of basic behavioral science, and opportunities in the TIN and RIC), brief perspectives and approaches (e.g., a tele-consent approach available to the CTSA network; ResearchMatch as a testbed), and iterative rounds of table discussions and group feedback to foster advances in recruitment and recruitment science.

Managing Your Spreadsheet Data: HSL Research and Data Workshop @ UVA Health Sciences Library, Carter Classroom
Jan 25 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Managing Your Spreadsheet Data

Do you dread working with your research data because it’s messy and difficult to work with? This class will review several strategies for working with spreadsheet data to “wrangle” your data into shape. We will review some best practices for spreadsheet data, and use Excel 2013 and free tools to learn about filtering, conditional formatting, pivot tables, and other techniques to manage your data. This is an introductory level class geared toward those new to research.

Date:  Thursday, January 25, 2018
Time:  10:30am – 12:00pm
Location:  Health Sciences Library Carter Classroom
Instructor:  Andrea Denton, Health Sciences Library

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Interactive Visualization with R: HSL Research and Data Workshops @ UVA Health Sciences Library, Carter Classroom
Jan 31 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
 Interactive Visualization with R

There are a number of JavaScript libraries available that leverage web functionality to produce compelling, dynamic data visualizations. This workshop will introduce several of these tools, including D3, HighCharts and Leaflet, and will demonstrate how to implement them in the context of the R programming language. No JavaScript experience is required. Some familiarity with R will be helpful.

Date:  Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Time:  9:00am – 12:00pm
Location:  Health Sciences Library Carter Classroom
Instructor:  VP Nagraj, SOM Research Computing

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Public Lecture: Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism – Dr. Barry Prizant @ Ruffner Hall, Room G008
Feb 2 @ 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm

On Friday, February 2 @ 3:30 pm, Dr. Barry M. Prizant will give a free public lecture based on his book “Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism.” The presentation will be held at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Seating is limited, and tickets are available on a first come, first served basis with your RSVP at this link.

Winner of the 2017 Autism Society of America’s Dr. Temple Grandin Award for the Outstanding Literary Work in Autism, Dr. Prizant is one of the world’s leading experts in autism.

“A must-read for any one touched by autism… Dr. Prizant’s Uniquely Human is a crucial step in promoting better understanding and a more humane approach” (Associated Press). Instead of classifying “autistic” behaviors as signs of pathology, Dr. Prizant sees them as part of a range of strategies to cope with a world that feels chaotic and overwhelming. Rather than curb these behaviors, it’s better to enhance abilities, build on strengths, and offer supports that will lead to more desirable behavior and a better quality of life.

The lecture will take place in Ruffner Hall G008 at 3:30 and will be followed by a reception and book signing in the Bavaro Hall atrium at 5pm. Hourly parking is available across the street in the Central Grounds Garage at the University of Virginia. This event is sponsored by UVa’s Disability Studies Initiative, the Curry School of Education, UVa’s BRAIN Initiative, and the College Civic & Community Engagement Initiative.

To RSVP, follow the link here.



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