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Students: Enter a Data Viz in Tableau’s Data Viz Assignment Contest!

Students: Been using Tableau for data visualizations, or want to try it out? You can enter this contest and maybe win a Tableau swag bag!

To enter the Contest, complete the following steps – entry deadline is May 30:

  1. If you do not already have a copy, download the software at https://public.tableau.com/s/ (a free trial copy is available),
  2. Produce and publish a Tableau data visualization to your Tableau Public profile, and
  3. Provide a link to the visualization on your Tableau Public profile to https://public.tableau.com/s/Student-Viz-Assignment-Contest – Your Submission must be publicly accessible and available at all times during the Contest Period. All Submissions must comply with all Tableau terms and conditions of use, available at http://www.tableau.com/tos.

Tableau is available on all of the University Library’s CURVE computers, and we have Research Data Services Team members who can assist you in using it.

Tableau data viz showing relationship of political views to opinion re: whether “immigrants are good for the American economy.” Click image to go to interactive Tableau Story to explore more variables…

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CURVE Hosts the WIT Girls for STEM Career Event

On a Thursday evening last week, CURVE hosted a group of exceptional young women interested in STEM fields. The high schoolers are part of an organization called WIT, or Women In Technology, which “passionately supports women at every stage of their STEM careers—from the classroom to the boardroom,” according to the WIT website. The girls participate in activities and tours sponsored by Atlanta universities and businesses that focus on careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.

              

At the “Building Your Professional Toolbox” event, sponsored by GSU’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, the WIT girls rotated through learning stations featuring different technology and career information. Some of the highlights included activities led by GSU librarians in their academic specialties.

Mandy Swygart-Hobaugh, Librarian for Sociology, Gerontology, and Data Services, showcased data science careers by demonstrating how to map and visualize Twitter data with Tableau and NVivo.

Swygart-Hobaugh demonstrates data visualization features in Tableau on the CURVE interactWall

Business Data Services Librarian Ximin Mi took the students on a worldwide vacation through a combination of Google Maps and a Vive virtual reality headset, and discussed the future of virtual reality, computer science, and tech jobs.

Mi shows how to put on the Vive headset using a face mask

Kelsey Jordan, Librarian for Biology, Chemistry, Neuroscience, and Biomedical Sciences, led a “live” drawing workshop on medical illustration and health careers, featuring a real human heart, liver, and kidneys.

Jordan introduces some examples of medical illustration

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Human Anatomy 3D Showcase

On April 12, students in Dr. Carmen Eilertson’s Biology 4687/6687 Surgical Anatomy demonstrated some of the  3D models of human organs they have created this semester using the NextEngine laser scanner in CURVE’s 3D Modeling Lab.  Here, they are presenting 3D models of a human kidney, brain, and lung.

      

      

This was followed by a lesson in understanding computerized tomography (CT)  scans, which the interactWall can display in amazing detail for up-close analysis.

      

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A project with heart: Human anatomy students create 3D models

Students in Dr. Carmen Eilertson’s Biology 4687/6687 Surgical Anatomy course have been busy this semester creating detailed 3D models of human organs from their cadaveric dissections. Cadaveric dissection is a critical part of medical education, and under the direction of “Dr. E,” even undergraduate biology students at Georgia State gain exposure to human anatomical specimens for learning and research.

Here, undergraduate student Kenya Thrasher scans a human heart using a NextEngine laser scanner in CURVE’s 3D Modeling Lab:

CURVE’s 3D scanners enhance research and learning by enabling students and instructors to convert physical artifacts into 3D digital objects for up-close study and analysis and for sharing with other students and the broader research community. The scanning hardware and software can be used to create virtual models of objects for learning and research across disciplines.

Once their high-resolution scans are complete, Dr. E’s students will be able to zoom in and analyze each organ’s features from multiple angles. As part of this assignment, students will also label the features on each digital model.

Thanks to the Student Innovation Fellows Program and Center for Excellence in Teaching in Learning at Georgia State for their support of this innovative project.

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