Computation and Visualization Consortium

Precollege and Undergraduate Science Education Program Award to Macalester

Kelly R. MacGregor
Interim Program Director
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The 4th Computation and Visualization Consortium will take place June 20-24, 2016 at Pomona College (Claremont, CA). Online Registration

Application Deadline: We will begin reviewing applications and selecting participants on March 31, 2016.  Complete the application form in advance of this date for full consideration.

Application form (Coming soon).

NOTE: A set of seats and travel scholarships are available for Faculty from non-CVC institutions. 

Macalester faculty and their counterparts at Calvin College, Gustavus Adolphus College, Grinnell College, Lawrence University, and Smith College comprise the consortium.

The consortium addresses the shared need to improve key computational skills, to promote connections among faculty with similar teaching and research interests, and to conceive, vet, and implement curricular materials (syllabi, instructional modules, assignments, and labs) that cultivate in students the skills to organize, filter, analyze, and display data sets of increasing size and complexity.

Workshop Audience and Topics

This gathering aims to engage science faculty who have an interest to better prepare science students to meet the challenges of formatting, analyzing, and visualizing increasingly complex and large data sets.

Based on outcomes from the first three CVC workshops, the most successful participants have either arrived with a specific topic of interest or have attended as part of a team of 2 or more faculty from the same institution, often with one of the members being someone with experience with statistics.  Preference will be given to applicants that fall into either of these groupings.

The first 2-1/2 days of the workshop starts at 9:00 AM on Monday, June 20.  This portion of the workshop aims to introduce faculty members to the open source software package, RStudio.  These days will serve as an introduction to using R for handling data and graphics and include

  • an introduction to using R for handling data and graphics
  • deconstructing graphs to the underlying data
  • constructing graphics from data
  • data wrangling: operations to get data in the right form for graphics

 The second 2 -1/2 days (starting at noon on June 22 and ending at 4:00 PM on June 24) will provide:

  • quick review of the first half of workshop
  • one-on-one or small group (by discipline) development of case studies.
  • summarizing data with models
  • data cleaning
  • data web-scraping basics 
  • programming in R (as needed)

Participants are welcome to attend either or both of the halves of the workshop.  Those who plan to attend only the second half will benefit most if they already have some experience with formatting, analyzing, and visualizing data.

The workshop will be led by (Professor and Chair of Mathematics, Pomona College), (Professor of Statistics, Amherst College), (DeWitt Wallace Professor of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science, Macalester College), and (Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, Calvin College).

For questions about workshop content, please contact .

Lodging and Food:
The Computation and Visualization Consortium, funded through science education grant awards to Macalester College, Calvin College, Grinnell College, and Smith College, covers all local workshop expenses.  All hotel arrangements will be made for participants.

 Arrival and Departure
The workshop will begin at 9:00 AM on Monday, June 20, 2016 and ends at 4:00 PM on June 24, 2016.  Those flying to the workshop can book flights to the LA/Ontario California International airport.  The airport is approximately 15 minutes from campus by car.  Shuttle or taxi transportation will be arranged once the participant flight schedules are known. As agreed during the planning of the CVC, each participating institution will cover its faculty members' transportation costs.  For non-CVC members, a limited number of travel scholarships may be available.

You can visit this website to see the schedule and resources developed for the 2013 (at Calvin Collage) and 2014 (at Macalester College) CVC workshops.

Institutional Representatives of the Computation and Visualization (CVC) Steering Committee

 Macalester College        Paul J. Overvoorde (Professor of Biology)

Calvin College               Randy Pruim (Professor of Math and Statistics)

Grinnell College              Leslie Gregg-Jolly (Professor of Biology)

Gustavus Adolphus      Jeff Dahlseid (Associate Professor of Biology and Chemistry)

Lawrence University      Beth DeStasio and Nancy Wall (Professors of Biology)

Smith College                 Ben Baumer (Visiting Assistant Professor of Statistical and Data Sciences)