March 29th Meeting Agenda

The next Bass Connections INFO meeting will be this Friday, March 29th from 12-1:30pm in the Allen Trustees Board Room.  Lunch will be provided.

March 29th Meeting Agenda:

  1. Announcements
  2. Report from the Information Session held on Sunday, March 24th [led by Robert and Leonore]
  3. Discussion of the relationship between a new INFO certificate and ISIS [led by Martin, Robert and Victoria]
  4. [if time permits] Discussion of the INFO Website and the partnership with the Information Initiative [led by Liz, Paolo, Victoria and Hans]

Remember, we now have a Sakai site:  https://sakai.duke.edu/portal/site/infotheme  If you are on the INFO listserv then you should already have access to it, if you have any difficulties, please let me know.

Hope you can join us at our next meeting!

Remaining Bass Connections INFO Meeting Schedule:
April 12th – Allen Trustees Board Room

February 22nd Meeting Agenda

The next Bass Connections INFO meeting will be Friday, February 22nd from 12-1:30pm in Allen 210, the Provost’s Conference Room.  Lunch will be provided.

February 22nd Meeting Agenda:

1. Announcements

2. The Budget of Bass Connections [presentation by Andrew]

3. Assistance Required: Information-related datasets needed for Fall ’13 Stats 101 course on Bass Connections

4. Continued discussion of project teams (Spring 2013 RFP went out on Tuesday, 2/19 to A&S Faculty and multiple listservs)

a) Official list of courses for students to prepare for project teams

5. Discussion of Certificate 2.0 (Certificates 2.0 Proposal Guidelines)

6. Discussion of the INFO Website and the partnership with the Information Initiative [led by Robert]

7. [if time permits] Discussion of a possible brown bag seminar next year [led by Orlin]

a) Seminar structure and possible speakers
b) Possibility of an associated master seminar (as a course for upper undergrads and graduate students)

We now have a Sakai site for sharing and storing documents.  If you are on the INFO listserv then you should already have access to it, if you have any difficulties, please email Leonore Fleming.

Remaining Bass Connections INFO Meeting Schedule:
February 22nd – Allen 210
March 8th – Allen Trustees Board Room
March 29th  – Allen Trustees Board Room
April 12th – Allen Trustees Board Room

February 8th Meeting Agenda

The next Bass Connections INFO meeting will be this Friday, February 8th from 12-1:30pm in the Allen Board Room.  Lunch will be provided.

February 8th Meeting Agenda:

1. Announcements

2. Discussion of the Gateway Course [led by Victoria]
a) Cap number
b) Number of sections
c) TAs
d) Team participants
e) Days and times of the course this fall
f) Confirm what departments are actually cross listing the course

3. Discussion of project teams
(a) how will teams be chosen and funded?
(b) What courses should students take to prepare for project teams, and related issues [led by Carlo]?

4. Discussion of a possible brown bag seminar next year [led by Orlin]
a) Seminar structure and possible speakers
b) Possibility of an associated master seminar (as a course for upper undergrads and graduate students)

5. Discussion of the INFO Website and the partnership with the Information Initiative [led by Robert]

Bass Connections Faculty Town Hall Meeting February 5th 2-4pm Perkins 217

The Bass Connections Faculty Town Hall meeting is tomorrow, Tuesday, February 5th from 2-4pm in Perkins Library 217.  There will be two sessions, one from 2-3pm and one from 3-4pm.  Please feel free to attend and help us publicize this event to interested faculty.

Next Meeting February 1st and January 18th Meeting Summary

As you know, Bass Connections has now officially launched!  Press release and Website (incorporated into Interdisciplinary Studies)

Our next step is to make sure that we get students to participate in our theme.  To do this we need to provide the student advisors with as much information as we can about how students can participate next year (e.g., courses and project teams).  See the Bass Connections Theme Template for an idea of what information we’re trying to collect.  Please email us by Thursday night, January 31st with information about relevant courses, other students activities, and also short blurbs about project teams that will begin next year.  We really appreciate your swift action on this.

The next INFO meeting with be this Friday, February 1st in the Allen Trustees Board Room (201 Allen) at our normal time of 12-1:30pm.  Lunch as always will be provided.

The agenda for our Friday meeting will be an extension of our last meeting, see below for the meeting summary:

INFO 1/18 Meeting Summary

1. Gateway course proposal has been submitted (thanks Victoria!)

2.  Discussion of the spring schedule, now tentatively:

February 1st – Allen Trustees Board Room (Robert can only attend from 12-1, so we may end early)
February 8th – Allen Trustees Board Room
February 22nd – Allen 210
March 8th – Allen Trustees Board Room
March 29th  – Allen Trustees Board Room
April 12th – Allen Trustees Board Room

*all meetings are on Fridays from 12-1:30pm with lunch provided*

3.  Strategy for spring semester – ideally we need to complete these action steps before March 1st so that advisors are prepared to help students register on April 3rd

a) identify project teams to invest in or start to create (optimally start to run next school year)
b) work on the details of the INFO certificate, specifically, how it is related to the ISIS certificate and how the two can be merged
c) identify other learning experiences besides the gateway course and teams (e.g., summer modules, other possible co-curricular experiences)

4.  Discussion about project teams

a) the possibility of sponsorship from companies like McKinsey (to be discussed more at future meetings)

b) those who are interested in forming a team should produce a flyer for students  (to excite and inspire them), which will include:
i. team description
ii. courses students can take to prepare for team participation
iii. co-curricular experiences students can take to prepare for team participation
*we need this information by January 31st so that we can present a sketch of the theme’s plan next year to the council*
– remember, we are trying to rely mostly on existing courses and experiences
– it might be useful to prepare a separate flyer for first year students (register in July, will focus on gateway course)

c) over the next 2 or 3 weeks we need to finalize the teams that will participate as modules in the gateway course (at least 4 teams, no more than 8)
i. If you are interested, submit a team description to Orlin and Owen, who will collect the team data and present it at the INFO meeting on February 8th

d) IDEAS will have a Corsera course on teams and team building created for all Themes, run by Scott Huettel.  This might be useful for those of you interested in project teams

January 18th Meeting Agenda

The first INFO Theme meeting of the semester will be Friday, January 18th from 12pm-1:30pm in Allen 210, the Provost’s Conference Room.  Lunch will be provided.

The agenda for the January 18th meeting is the following:

I. Announcements

II. Spring schedule

III. Strategy for the spring semester

IV. Strategy for project teams

V. [If time permits] The possibility of an INFO Certificate

If you cannot make this meeting but are interested in either leading or participating in a project team, please let us know.

SOCIALIZING “BIG DATA”: Collaborative Opportunities in Computer Science, the Social Sciences, and the Humanities

SOCIALIZING “BIG DATA”:  Collaborative Opportunities in Computer Science, the Social Sciences, and the Humanities

RICHARD MARCIANO
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Tuesday, January 15, 2013
12:00 PM
The Franklin Humanities Institute “Garage”
(C105, Bay 4, Smith Warehouse – map & directions)

Co-sponsored by the Franklin Humanities Institute and Social Science Research Institute

Light lunch provided

Harnessing the “data deluge” is promoting new conversations between disciplines.  Prof. Marciano and his collaborators have been pursuing research in a number of areas including: big cultural data, access to big heterogeneous data, records in the cloud, federated grid/cloud storage, visual interfaces to large collections, policy-based frameworks to automate content management, and distributed cyberinfrastructure to enable data sharing.  But more importantly, innovative technical approaches require the convergence of creative insights across computer science, the social sciences, and the humanities.  This talk touches on these topics and highlights a new collaboration with partners at Duke.

Richard Marciano is a professor in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Director of the Sustainable Archives and Leveraging Technologies (SALT) lab, and co-director of the Digital Innovation Lab (DIL). He leads development of “big data” projects funded by Mellon, NSF, NARA, NHPRC, IMLS, DHS, NIEHS, and UNC. Recent 2012 grants include a JISC Digging into Data award with UC Berkeley and the U. of Liverpool, called “Integrating Data Mining and Data Management Technologies for Scholarly Inquiry,” a Mellon / UNC award called “Carolina Digital Humanities Initiative,” which involves the translating of big data challenges into curricular opportunities, and an NSF award on big heterogeneous data integration.

He holds a B.S. in Avionics and Electrical Engineering, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science, and has worked as a postdoc in Computational Geography. He conducted interdisciplinary research at the San Diego Supercomputer at UC San Diego, working with teams of scholars in sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

November 30th Meeting Summary

Summary of the November 30th INFO Meeting:

I. Announcement – The IDEAS launch is very tentatively set for January 22nd, 2013

II. Gateway Course Logistics Discussion
a. Robert Calderbank will reopen the issue of making our gateway course a university course with Dean Laurie Patton
b. We are still considering an INFO code for the gateway course and other relevant courses
c. Learning Goals for the gateway course from the earlier subcommittee meeting, which may be used to guide how the course might be presented (i.e., to help coordinate links between the modules and assure that important topics are not missed).
d. Cathy, Owen, Orlin, Ingrid, Ken, Victoria and Robert will work on the Gateway Course title and description needed to submit a new course proposal (due January 15th)
e. Course cross listing is due by February 15th

III. Website Narratives/Vignettes (for Development and Communications offices) – discussion of the undergraduate and graduate examples

IV. Discussion of Research Questions – research projects were rewritten as questions and outputs were added

V. Update on the “Vignette as a Game” project – presentation of the current storyboard and discussion of it’s possible future as a Prezi presentation

VI. Action Tasks
a. Think seriously about research teams for next year
b. Think about what courses in your departments could be considered INFO courses – see document listing possible courses

November 30th Meeting Agenda

The next INFO Theme meeting will be this Friday, November 30th from 12pm-1:30pm in Allen 210Please note the room change for this meeting.  Lunch will be provided.

The agenda for the November 30th meeting is the following:

I. Announcements

II. Final discussion of Gateway Course logistics before Jan deadline

a. course name
b. course description
c. course cross listings and course numbers
d. modes of inquiry and modes of knowledge

III. Requested changes for Website Narratives/Vignettes – for Development and Communications offices

IV. Discussion of Research Questions – Rewrite as questions and include “outputs” – for Development and Communications offices

V. [If time permits] Brief Update on the “Vignette as a Game” project – Possibly from Caroline Bruzelius or Hans Van Miegroet

November 16th Meeting Agenda

The next INFO Theme meeting will be this Friday, November 16th from 12pm-1:30pm in The Allen Trustees Board Room (Room 201 in the Allen Building on your left after you enter).  Please note the room change for this meeting.  Lunch will be provided.  There is a meeting scheduled in the Board Room before us finishing at 12pm, so we will most likely start a few minutes late.

The agenda for the November 16th meeting is the following:

I.  Announcements
II. Continue Gateway Course Discussion – note the summary below of gateway options in the other four IDEAS themes (Energy, etc.).
III. Discussion of our “narrative insert” for the new IDEAS website

Summary of preliminary gateway discussion in the other four IDEAS themes:
Brain & Society
– Gateway Courses (many possibilities although a student only takes one)
– co-taught by instructors from different disciplines
– problem-focused topics, chosen for social relevance
– medium-sized seminars
– taken during sophomore or junior year
– during course, students apply to one more Theme Teams, containing students with different disciplinary backgrounds
– example is the gateway course Neuroethics

Education & Human Development
– Broad Gateway Courses
– courses in economics, psychology, education, neuroscience
– “notable performance” is required
– unclear how many gateway courses will be required for each student

Energy
– “creating new gateway experiences and courses”
– gateway experiences might include:
– Undergrad —  ENV 330: Energy and Environment, CE 160L: Intro. Env. Eng. & Science, Writing 101 (TWP)
– Summer 2013 reading program, Duke FOCUS, Duke Engage, Duke Immerse,
– Freshman energy seminar, Energy short course, Energy field trips, On-line modules, Winter Forum
– Prof/Grad — Energy Ind. Fundamentals, ENV 711: Energy and Env., Nicholas: field trips, Fuqua: field trips, EIF course credit
– General — Duke University Energy Conference, Communicate and market

Global Health
– no mention of gateway anything, and for undergraduates it looks like they require the major in global health, a senior seminar, team involvement and then “experiential learning and civic engagement.”