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Latest News and Annonuncements from the CS GSA

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The latest news and announcements from the CS GSA are displayed below. Previous news and announcements can be accessed from the monthly archive on the right.

CS GSA News Archive 13 - Nov 2008


- GSGA Graduate Student Mixer - 11/21/08

FROM: GSGA

Graduate Student Government would like to invite you to the Annual Graduate Student Mixer at the Catskeller. There will be food and all the games in the Catskeller will be free to the graduate students of UC between 6-9pm this Friday, November 21st. 

Event: Annual Graduate Student Mixer

Venue: Catskeller, Date: 11/21/08, Time: 6:00-9:00 pm

Hope to see you all there!


- IEEE & ACM - Xetron - 11/18/08

IEEE General Meeting: Tuesday, November 18 th 2008, 427 ERC @ 5:30PM.

IEEE in cooperation with ACM will host a representative from Xetron – part of Electronic Systems sector of Northrop Grumman. Free Pizza Provided!


- Nominations For Barbour & Cohen Awards - 12/01/08

FROM: The 2008-2009 University of Cincinnati Barbour and Cohen Awards Committee

The nomination process has begun for the 2009 A.B. [Dolly] Cohen awards for excellence in teaching and the George B. Barbour award for furthering good student-faculty relations. The President's faculty awards committee has a website ( www.uc.edu/facultyawards/awards.htm ), which provides all the necessary guidelines

Nominations for these awards must originate with students and/or alumni. We therefore urge you to share this information with those groups.

To this end, feel free to post this letter and the Guidelines for the awards on your College Web Site. The nomination letter itself should not be any longer than one page. The dossier required later should contain full documentation of the nomination. Only nominations sent via the United States or University postal system, or via email will be processed.

Nominations sent via fax or voice mail will not be accepted. Nominations must be in by Monday, December 1, 2008.

Nominations should be sent to: Wayne Hall, Mail Location: 0631 , Room 240C Van Wormer Hall , Email: Wayne.Hall@uc.edu

Questions should be directed to the Chair of the 2009 Barbour-Cohen

Committee: Urmila Ghia, Telephone: 556-4612, Email: Urmila.Ghia@uc.edu

If the awards are to be given to the most worthy candidates, it is necessary that the achievements of the nominees be well documented. That is a task that departments must undertake. Departments with nominees will receive a communication providing the procedures and guidelines for the awards.

The winners will be recognized at the Faculty Awards Celebration Ceremony on Thursday, May 21, 2009, and will receive a plaque and a check for $2000.

Sincerely,

The 2009 Barbour and Cohen Awards Committee


- URC Grad Student Research Fellowship Grant Writing Workshops - 11/17/08, 11/20/08

See below for infomation on URC Fellowship grant writing workshops from Carol Fathman:

Recently, my office announced the University Research Council (URC) Summer Graduate Student Research Fellowship competition (for more information go to:  http://www.uc.edu/ucResearch/funding_opportunities.html ).

We will be providing two grant writing workshops for all interested graduate students.  These workshops will be presented by the chairs of the URC subcommittees and the same information will be presented in both.  These will be informational sessions for students who plan to submit applications for this URC program.  Each session will consist of a brief presentation, followed by a question and answer period.  The Monday session will be videotaped and made available on the URC website ( http://www.uc.edu/ucResearch/funding_opportunities.html ) for those interested students who cannot attend either session.

Monday, November 17, 2008, 11:00 – 12:00 pm , Vontz Auditorium

Thursday, November 20, 2008, 1:00 – 2:00 pm, Tangeman University Center (TUC), Room 400B


- Religious Observance Policy Statement

Please see the a draft copy of the Religious Observance Policy statement for review and consideration below.  This statement has been crafted in response to needs expressed by both faculty and students alike concerning the issue of accommodating students' needs in observing their respective religious holidays by the Diversity Council of UC. Please contact a CS GSA representative or the GSGA President Ezgi Akpinar ( Steger Rm 683) if you have any questions.

Document: [pdf]


- Library Questions / Concerns?

Dear GSA Representatives,

If you or your fellow graduate students have any Library questions/concerns that they wish Denise Britigan (our representative) to discuss on their behalf, please contact her by Nov. 9th.

Contact: Denise Britigan, britigan@fuse.net

--Ezgi Akpinar,
GSGA President,
Steger Rm 683


- CET&L Workshop: Preparing Future Faculty (PFF): Sharpening Your Edge Beyond Grad School - 11/12/08

Preparing Future Faculty (PFF): Sharpening Your Edge Beyond Grad School Register

Wednesday, November 12, 5:00PM - 6:30PM, 480 Langsam 

Facilitated by John Bryan , Director, PFF


- CET&L Workshop: Addressing Issues, Concerns, and Challenges in Teaching International ESL Students - 11/13/08

Addressing Issues, Concerns, and Challenges in Teaching International ESL Students Register

Thursday, November 13, 12:30PM - 2:00PM, 480 Langsam

Facilitated by Gulbahar Beckett, Associate Professor of Sociolinguistics and Applied Linguistics at UC


- CET&L Workshop:Introduction to Respondus for Online Tests and Surveys - 11/13/08

Introduction to Respondus for Online Tests and Surveys Register

Raymond Walters College

Thursday, November 13, 1:00PM - 2:00PM, 210 Muntz (RWC)

Facilitated by Leslie Elrod, Assistant Professor in Behavioral Sciences at Raymond Walters College


- CET&L Workshop:Second Life for Educators - 11/14/08

Second Life for Educators (Basic): Introduction to a Virtual World Register

Friday, November 14, 11:00AM - 12:30PM, 462 Langsam

Facilitated by Chris Collins, UCit Analyst and Second Life Ambassador to the Ohio Learning Network


- CET&L Workshop: Basic Blackboard - 11/12/08

Basic Blackboard Register

Wednesday, November 12, 2:00PM - 3:30PM, 462 Langsam

Facilitated by Deb Brandenburg, Information Technology Analyst for UCit


- CET&L Workshop:Web 2.0 for Educators: Google Applications - 11/12/08

Web 2.0 for Educators (Advanced): Google Applications: Register

Wednesday, November 12, 11:00AM - 12:30PM, 462 Langsam

Facilitated by Chris Collins , UCit Analyst and Second Life Ambassador to the Ohio Learning Network


- CET&L Workshop: The Pedagogy of PowerPoint - 11/10/08

The Pedagogy of PowerPoint: Register

Monday, November 10, 3:30PM - 5:00PM, 480 Langsam

Facilitated by Sam Geonetta , Professor of Communication and Information Engineering Technology, College of Applied Science


- CET&L Workshop:Effective learning environment - 11/10/08

Effective learning environment: What do freshmen expect from academia and themselves?    Register

Monday, November 10, 10:00AM - 11:30AM, 480 Langsam 

Facilitated by Victoria Appatova, Field Service Assistant Professor of Reading at the Center for Access and Transition &

Harry Prats, Associate Professor of Psychology in the Humanities, Media & Cultural Studies department of the College of Applied Science


- Win a Wii/ iPod Nano - Knovel University Challenge - ASAP

Win a Wii, iPod Nano, or Free Music - Knovel University challenge Knovel is an online e-book collection subscribed by the Engineering library and is organizing a contest with coll prizes to be won. You need to get 3 answers correct (multiple choice type) to qualify for the draw. Use Knovel to search for the answers or just simply guess! You can also participate more than once! To participate in the challenge see:

http://pages.knovel.com/KnovelUniversityChallenge.html


- Grad Student Resources

Two websites  that might  be of interest.  

  1. GradShare: www.gradshare.com is hosted by ProQuest. It's a general resource for graduate students
  2. www.academicladder.com/toolkit claims to offer “practical, concrete and specific tips and techniques . . .” via their Dissertation Writer's Toolkit.  

- RefWorks & LaTeX Workshops - 11/03/08, 11/05/08

Engineering library is offering workshops on RefWorks and LaTeX on 11/03/08 at 3PM and 11/05/08 at 2PM respetively. The workshops will be held at 850D Baldwin classroom inside the Engineering Library.

LaTeX -- LaTeX is an open source document preparation system widely used in Engineering, Mathematics, natural sciences and other disciplines. Using LaTeX, you can write articles and reports faster and easier than by using word processors such as MS Word especially when using mathematical symbols, equations and when generating bibliographies. This workshop is aimed at getting familiar with the bare bones and features of LaTeX and will include a brief introduction to tools such as BiBTeX. 

RefWorks for Engineers -- Learn how to use a personal information managament and bibliography creator to create and manage citations retrieved while conducting your literature reviews.

For more informations, see: http://libraries.uc.edu/libraries/engr/instruction/train/train08aut.html


- Thesis Completion Workshop - 11/7/08

 

The Graduate School Presents: 

Selecting & Working with Your Thesis/Dissertation Advisor and Committee Workshop ( Register )

Friday, November 7

12:00 – 1:30

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UC researchers found that graduate students named mentoring/advising as one of the most important factors in their ability to complete a doctoral degree (see UC PhD Completion Project )

This workshop will be useful to master's or doctoral students in Physical/Life Sciences and Engineering programs who are seeking guidance, have questions, or would simply enjoy a faculty perspective on the following topics. 

Panelists are:
Professor Iain Cartwright :       Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry, and Microbiology
Professor Mike Sokoloff :         Physics
Professor Dion Dionysiou :     Civil and Environmental Engineering

Bring Your Questions and Discussion Topics as this format depends on student interaction.

DATE: Friday, November 7, 2008
TIME: 12-1:30pm (registration starts at 11:45)
LOCATION: 480 Langsam
SPEAKER: Informal Panel Presentation (see above for names)
COST: Free
FOOD: Brown Bags Welcome and Snacks Provided

TO REGISTER :   Visit our online registration to secure a space as registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

NOTE : Workshops on this topic will also be offered for Social & Behavioral Science students and for Arts & Humanities students during winter and spring quarters.

Feel free to email Jacque.Daugherty@uc.edu , if you have any questions or want more information.


- 50 Years of Computing Celebrations - 11/10/08

Hi everyone,

On November 10-11 the College of Applied Science (CAS) is hosting a conference celebrating the 50th anniversary of computing on the UC campus. There will be many featured speakers about computing past, present, and future throughout the weekend and it should be very interesting. The best part is, it's going to be FREE for YOU!

The CS department has funds for a group of students to attend this conference and has asked ACM to collect names of interested students. If you are interested in attending, please send me an email ( acm.at.uc@gmail.com ) and I will get you on the list. There are only a limited number of spots available, so if you are interested ACT NOW and let me know!

Here is an article about the conference, including details and featured speakers:
Conference Celebrates 50 Years of Computing at UC

Thank you!
TJ Ellis
President, ACM@UC


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