Summer 2020 R Series: Visualizing data with Ggplot2

Ggplot2 is a popular package that extends R’s capability for data visualization, allowing users to produce attractive and complex graphics in a relatively simple way. This workshop will introduce the logic behind ggplot2 and demonstrate how to create data visualizations using this package. Register here for all three workshops in the series or to attend any single workshop.

Learning Analytics and the Changing Landscape of Higher Education

OnlineDrawing on the rich ecosystem of learning analytics built over the last five years at NYU, Dr. Alyssa Wise (Associate Professor of Learning Sciences and Educational Technology at New York University and the Director of NYU-LEARN) will address learning analytics for teachers, learners, leaders and all members of the university community to consider the ways that analystics can be of value in their educational pursuits. Register and learn more about Learning Analytics and the Changing Landscape of Higher Education.

Summer 2020 R Series: Manipulating Data Using dplyr

This workshop series will teach you how to get started using R to clean, manipulate, summarize, and visualize data.This workshop will introduce you to the dplyr package designed for data manipulation in R. Register here for all three workshops in the series or to attend any single workshop.

New Job Opportunities at University of Minnesota

In the market for a new job? Check out these exciting opportunities. Zooniverse Web Developer (Job ID 336449) School of Physics and Astronomy The Zooniverse team within University of Minnesota’s School of Physics & Astronomy is seeking a developer to build web applications for the platform. The successful candidate will be expected to lead the development of several crowdsourcing projects on the current Zooniverse platform with a focus on efforts related to astronomy, earth and space-sciences. Based in UMN’s School of Physics & Astronomy, you would be expected to collaborate closely with several research teams in astrophysics and heliophysics as well as off-site developers in Chicago and Oxford University, UK. You would also be expected to work with students to supervise any related projects. As the overall lead developer for UMN’s Zooniverse projects, you would be expected to have demonstrated experience developing single page web applications using Javascript, HTML and CSS, and using modern frameworks like React, Angular, etc. You would also be expected to contribute to overall Zooniverse service functions such as fulfilling customer service requests through a ticketing system, general codebase maintenance and documentation. The post is full-time for one year with the expectation for extension to a second year based on job performance and availability of funds. The salary offered will depend on qualifications and experience. A benefits package and a budget for travel will be provided. Learn more and apply for the Zooniverse Web Developer Position
Academic Technologist 2 (Job ID 336409) Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing The Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing has an Academic Technologist 2 opening). It is an exciting mix of academic and business development content support and creation, and a great opportunity if you are interested in health and wellbeing. As a leader in health and wellbeing, the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing constantly strives to provide students, professionals, and the community with transformational learning opportunities. We offer a wide variety of graduate and undergraduate courses that can complement degree programs, or improve academic knowledge about wellbeing. Our faculty are renowned in their fields, passionate about broadening their students’ world views and educating them to succeed in interprofessional, team-based work environments. Learn more and apply for the Academic Technologist 2 position.

Human in the Data Fellows Announced!


Eight fellowships in the amount of $7,000 have been awarded to the following University of Minnesota graduate students, who will explore the intersection of data and humanity this summer. Congratulations to them all!
  • Manami Bhattacharya: The effect of mental illness on outcomes among older women with breast cancer. Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health
  • Yuming Fang: Empowered social bots: Content analysis of bots-created anti-vaccine information on Twitter. Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication, College of Liberal Arts
  • Johnathan Hardy: Ornithological Empire: A Spatio-Analytical Approach to Mapping the Qing Dynasty’s Compendium of Birds (鳥譜, niaopu) (1736 – 1795 CE). Department of Art History, College of Liberal Arts
  • Milica Milic-Kolarevic: Law of Gift Gratitude: Serbian Oncology Practices. Department of Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts
  • Jennifer Nicklay: Community Land and Food Lab Meetings: Facilitating Co-Learning Spaces for Urban Agriculture in Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN. Department of Soil, Water, and Climate, College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences
  • Prerna: Aerial Eyes 1. Department of Art, College of Liberal Arts
  • Hayden Teachout: Aerial Eyes 1. Department of Art, College of Liberal Arts
  • Sultan Toprak Oker: Harmony of Discordance: Machine Vision, Alcohol Networks, and Taverns. Department of History, College of Liberal Arts
  • Rebecca Walker: Critical Cartography for Urban Environmental Planning: Exploring the role of participatory mapping in the quest for environmentally just cities. Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Full details about the Human in the Data MnDRIVE Summer Fellowship Program can be found here.


Blickhan, Wiggins, and Wright awarded ACLS Digital Extension Grant

Samantha Blickhan (Zooniverse Humanities Research Lead, Adler Planetarium), Benjamin Wiggins (The DASH Program Director), and Darryl Wright (Research Associate, Physics and Astronomy) have been awarded a 2020 American Council of Learned Societies Digital Extension grant in the amount of $150,000 to support their work on optimizing crowdsourced transcription using handwritten text recognition.

More information about the Digital Extension Grant program and Blickhan, Wiggins, and Wright’s research project can be found at the ACLS website.