Events & Workshops

Faculty Research Lightning Talks: Anti-Racist Scholarship

Co-hosted by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Thursday, February 4th | 12:30-1:20pm

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Please join us for Winter Quarter’s Lightning Talks to learn more about your colleagues’ scholarship and make inter-disciplinary connections!  Seven faculty from across campus will present their work, with this round’s theme of anti-racist scholarship.  Our presenters include:

  • Lisa Abel, College of Nursing, Increasing Access to Cervical Screening in Homeless Women
  • Robert Chang, School of Law, Litigating the 1st and 14th Amendments in the Arizona Ethnic Studies Case
  • Charisse Cowan-Pitre, College of Education, Black Catholic Women Educators on Identity and Teaching for Justice in a time of Black Lives Matter
  • Anne Farina, College of Arts and Sciences, The Use of Hashtag Activism to Highlight Anti-Asian Racism
  • Jasmine Mahmoud, College of Arts and Sciences, Race, Anti-Gentrification, and Avant-Garde Aesthetics: Chicago's Southside Ignoramus Quartet
  • McLean Sloughter, College of Science and Engineering, Supporting Student Success by Changing Campus Culture
  • Erin Vernon, Albers School of Business and Economics, Addressing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in End of Life Care

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WQ Peer Learning Group: Alternative to Effort

Friday, February 12th | 10:00-11:00am

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In collaboration with the Associate Controller, we are excited to announce the transition from traditional effort reporting to a review of compensation charges. This new process is being enacted to reduce burden and confusion in the certification of publicly-funded compensation and will be reviewed in detail in this session. Additionally, we’ll share our regular OSP quarterly updates and provide time for questions and community.  All budget managers and staff supporting grants are welcome to attend!

Please join us as we learn from the experiences of five SU faculty members who have recently served on grant review panels for internal and external sponsors, including the SU Summer Faculty Fellowship, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Fulbright Foundation. The session will begin with a brief ‘mini-seminar’ introducing typical elements of the review process, discussing how serving as a review can improve your own grant writing, and providing tips for being an effective reviewer. Panelists will then share insights from their experiences, including observations about the characteristics that set successful proposals apart in the review process and how serving as a reviewer has informed their own scholarship. Faculty who will be graciously sharing their insights are:

  • John Carter, Professor of Mathematics, Fulbright Scholar Program reviewer
  • Kathleen Cook, Professor of Psychology, NSF reviewer
  • Yen-Lin Han, Associate Professor of Mechanical and Engineering, NSF reviewer
  • Matt Isaac, Professor of Marketing, 2021 Summer Faculty Fellowship Review Committee Chair
  • Kerry Soo Von Esch, Assistant Professor of Education, NSF reviewer

An Introduction to Visualizing Data using SPSS

Hosted by the Data Science Working Group

March 2nd 10:30am - 12:00pm

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Being able to create appropriate graphs is a key tool in data-informed research. Using the right graphs can allow you to quickly communicate interesting findings, and can help you understand your data and formulate new research questions. 

While many people have likely used Excel to graph their data, Excel has limited functionality for creating many standard data visualizations. SPSS is a statistical software package that has a spreadsheet interface very similar to Excel, but with far more options for data visualization and data analysis. It is available to all SU faculty, staff, and students, through SU's virtual desktop ( 

In this workshop, we will discuss some underlying principles of what makes for good & useful data visualization. We will look at several standard types of graphs, and discuss how to decide which graphs are appropriate for a given set of data. And we will learn how to use SPSS to create these graphs. 

This workshop will include demonstrations of creating these graphs as well as time for participants to try out SPSS for themselves. Example data sets will be provided, but if you have data from a project you're interested in working with, please bring that along and we can help you get started visualizing your data! 

This will be an entry-level workshop. No prior experience in statistics or data visualization will be needed in order to participate.

Meet with a National Endowment for the Humanities Program Officer

March 9th 12:30pm-2:00pm

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If you have a chance, please review these sample funded proposals and criteria review sheet prior to the event:

NEH Fellowships Criteria Worksheet

NEH African Americans who Returned to the US from Canada After the Civil War

NEH American Literature, Poetry and Community in Auden and Others  

Please join the OSP and your faculty colleagues for a discussion with NEH Senior Program Officer Mary Macklem. In this session, she will review NEH programs, answer your questions and share applications tricks and tips.

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