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Forensic Pathologist who Consults for “CSI” and “Bones” to Speak at Marymount

Marymount University - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 18:54
Forensic Pathologist who Consults for “CSI” and “Bones” to Speak at Marymount
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Writing & Publishing on HIV/AIDS Panel & Workshops

The George Washington University - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 13:58
November 13, 2014

Writing & Publishing on HIV/AIDS Panel Discussion
Featuring Dr. Jose Merino, US Clinical Research Editor for the BMJ, as well as researchers from GW's Milken Institute School of Public Health and the District of Columbia Developmental Center for AIDS Research (DC D-CFAR)

Monday, December 8 from 10am-Noon
Gelman Library, Room 702
Registration requested, but not required.

Preparing for Publication on HIV/AIDS Workshops

Monday, December 8 from Noon-2pm
Gelman Library, Room 302
RSVP required by Sunday, November 30.

Tuesday, December 16 from 5:30-7:30pm
Gelman Library, Room 302
RSVP required by Sunday, November 30.

Do you wonder how you can publish papers as you juggle research implementation, teaching or clinical practice, proposal writing, administrative duties, and a personal life all at once?
Have you been awarded pilot funds but not yet begun planning for papers?
Do you have data that are analyzed but not yet in manuscript form?
Are you relatively unfamiliar with the publication process?

Publishing in the peer-reviewed literature is critical: not only to disseminate findings from your research but to facilitate successful grant reviews as well as academic advance in the future. Yet it is not always easy: navigating the publishing process can be challenging especially for those new to the process or those with multiple demands on their time. In this Writing and Publishing on HIV/AIDs panel you will hear from experts on publishing in HIV/AIDS related literature and learn publication strategies from the field for successful publication of your research findings. Graduate students, junior, and senior faculty from all area institutions are invited to attend.  This panel is open to all.  Registration requested, but not required.

For hands-on help with your specific paper questions you can attend one of the mentor-led, discipline-specific workshops.   Discuss your own challenges and roadblocks with specialized mentors in publishing in the HIV/AIDS field.  Two sessions are available and each session will address the unique needs to attendees.  RSVP required by Sunday, November 30.

This panel and workshops are brought to you by the District of Columbia Developmental Center for AIDS Research (DC D-CFAR), an NIH-funded program (P30AI087714), and the GW Libraries, as part of the ongoing series Strategies for Interdisciplinary Publishing Success (SIPS). SIPS brings together authors, editors, researchers, and students to share practical wisdom about the publishing process, with a focus on the challenges of publishing interdisciplinary work.

For more information, please contact:
DC Developmental Center for AIDS Research

Digitized Medieval Manuscripts app

Catholic University - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 15:57

Giulio Menna & Marjolein de Vos of Sexy Codicology have developed a new product called Digitized Medieval Manuscripts app which “links to more than 300 libraries in the world.1”  All of these manuscripts are available for free online from various libraries and institutions throughout the world. It’s a great tool for furthering your historical research.

  1. Menna, Giulio, and de Vos, Marjolein. DMMapp – digitized medieval manuscripts app. in Digitized Medieval Manuscripts Maps [database online]. [cited 11/12 2014]. Available from http://digitizedmedievalmanuscripts.org/app/.
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AU athletes look towards a successful 2014-15 season

American University News - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 14:46
AU winter sports are kicking off and athletes are looking towards a successful season.
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Win A Prize for Outstanding Research! Enter a Paper or Project in the Annual AU Library Research Competition

American University News - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 14:07
The University Library Research Prize recognizes AU undergraduate students who make extensive use of the Library’s collections and show excellence in critical analysis by locating, selecting, evaluating, and synthesizing information.
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#SPA80for80: Dante Chinni

American University News - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 13:31
Dante Chinni's research and analysis through his directive, the American Communities Project, is providing key data for NBC's "Meet the Press" and other publications.
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Professor Participates in High-Level UN Advisory Group

American University News - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 11:55
Last month, SIS Associate Professor Charles “Chuck” Call  was part of a United Nations Peacebuilding Fund  (PBF) advisory group that submitted its final report to the UN Secretary-General.
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War in the Reel World

American University News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 13:39
Army veteran and AU alum Mike Hardy put his experience to work on critically-acclaimed movie.
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Thanksgiving Hours at the GW Libraries

The George Washington University - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 12:30
November 10, 2014

Gelman Library will close for the holiday at 7pm on Wednesday, November 26 and will not reopen until noon on Saturday, November 29.  24-hour access is NOT available during this time.

Tuesday, November 25

Gelman Library open regular hours
Eckles Library closes at 11pm
VS&TCL open regular hours

Wednesday, November 26

Gelman Library and Check Out Desk closes at 7pm (other service desks close at 5pm)
Eckles Library closes at 5pm
VS&TCL closes at 5pm

Thursday, November 27 & Friday, November 28

Gelman, Eckles and VS&TCL CLOSED

Saturday, November 29

Gelman Library reopens at noon to resume 24-hour access
Eckles & VS&TCL - CLOSED

Sunday, November 30

Gelman Library open regular hours
Eckles Library reopens at 3pm.  Closes at 3am.

#SPA80for80: James Thurber, Director of CCPS

American University News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 11:54
Since joining the School of Public Affairs in 1974, James Thurber's impact on governmental research has been profound and far-reaching.
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Student Media Leader: Sean Meehan

American University News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 11:22
Current Dean's Intern and The Eagle's web editor shares some of his most rewarding experiences at SOC.
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Masons’ Generous Gift Supports AU Veterans

American University News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 11:16
A donation from the fraternal order will enhance veteran resources at AU.
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Five Questions for Art History Professor Helen Langa

American University News - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 20:26
Helen Langa discusses the fifth annual Feminist Art History Conference at AU.
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Inspiring Pathways to Education Policy

American University News - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 15:28
SETH professor Jennifer Steele is an education policy researcher.
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Creative Writing Professor Publishes New Novel

American University News - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 15:19
Rachel Louise Snyder’s What We’ve Lost Is Nothing receives enthusiastic reviews.
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Ta-Nehisi Coates Speaks at AU

American University News - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 14:24
Discusses The Case for Reparations article in The Atlantic magazine.
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Tracking Web Traffic Across GW Libraries

The George Washington University - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 13:55
November 10, 2014Christian Aldridge, Web Developer for Libraries

GW Libraries has nearly 20 web properties, all of which need to be tracked. We're using Google Analytics, and we've configured it with an "aggregate" account to help us track user traffic across our sites as well as within them. We've recently moved to Google's new "Universal Analytics" (analytics.js), which required some changes to our setup (which I wrote about in a post last year).

Aggregate Tracking

In addition to switching out our javascript with the new analytics.js tracking code, we created a separate "aggregate" account to collect traffic from all of our accounts. We then modified our older custom javascript snippet, using the new options available in the analytics.js code (shown in purple):

ga('create', 'UA-12345678-1', 'auto');
ga('create', 'UA-01234567-1', 'auto', {'name': 'aggregate'});  // This sets the "aggregate" Analytics account.
ga('send', 'pageview');
ga('aggregate.send', 'pageview'); // This sends the pageview to the "aggregate" Analytics account.

The second line sets a second account (which we named "aggregate"), and the fourth line sends a set of the site's tracking data to the second account.

Cross-Domain Tracking

One of the goals is to see how our visitors move between our web properties. Since all of our sites are subdomains of the same second level domain gwu.edu, Analytics doesn't require anything more than setting the second account in order to track traffic between properties:

If your sites have different domains, Google has excellent documentation to implement cross-domain tracking manually: https://developers.google.com/analytics/devguides/collection/analyticsjs/cross-domain.

Event Tracking and "Non-Interaction" Events

In addition to tracking page traffic we inserted "event tracking" code to tell us when visitors used certain tools or links. 

One of the behaviors we're tracking is our primary navigation menu: we set events to fire when someone hovers over the category menu items (which expand when hovering). To prevent this from being treated as a page interaction, we set these as non-events: {'nonInteraction': 1}. Otherwise Analytics would confuse the mouse hover as an event in which the user interacted by clicking or following a link to another page or resource, and our Bounce Rate (as well as a few other metrics) for the page would be incorrectly impacted.

The "event tracking" code is a short piece of javascript:

ga(‘send’, ‘event’, ‘primary-navigation’, ‘/primary-nav/gelman-library/news-events-hover’, {'nonInteraction': 1});

Which added to the anchor tag looks like this:

<a onMouseOver="ga(‘send’, ‘event’, ‘primary-navigation’, ‘/primary-nav/gelman-library/news-events-hover’, {'nonInteraction': 1});">Research</a>

The 'hover' behavior is triggered by the onMouseOver event (vs. onClick). The last parameter {'nonInteraction': 1} sets it as a 'non-interaction' event.

Using the Drupal Analytics Module

Our Drupal sites use the analytics module (https://www.drupal.org/project/google_analytics), which has fields for custom javascript as well as a lot of helpful features. To set up aggregate tracking we dropped our two javascript lines into two of the fields in the Custom section:

The Drupal module also makes it easy to honor "do not track" thanks to a simple checkbox in the Privacy section, as well as an option for anonymization of visitor IP addresses. For our non-Drupal sites we wrap the Analytics code in a conditional statement that checks the value of navigator.doNotTrack (for more on coding for Do Not Track: https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/API/navigator.doNotTrack ).

A Better Understanding of Our Visitors

With this in place we can look in one location for our combined traffic data and see how visitors move between our sites. This has been especially useful in understanding usage of our main GW Libraries website, which is a launchpoint for many of our other tools: we can now watch as visitors move within and across our web properties.

All of this helps us build better tools for our community and implement user centered designs that provide a better and more consistent user experience.

#SPA80for80: Professor Richard Bennett

American University News - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 13:51
Students, faculty, and academicians alike highly regard SPA Professor Richard Bennett’s scholarship in criminal justice and criminology.
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New Art Databases: AP Images and Material ConneXion

The George Washington University - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 12:55

We have recently added two new art databases, AP Images and Material ConneXion:

AP Images: A photographic archive of high quality images from the Associated Press news wire covering 1820s to the present. Includes news, entertainment, and fashion photography; maps; timelines; graphics and logos; graphs; AP news stories; and audio clips.

Kill Screen Founder Inspires Students

American University News - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 11:44
Jamin Warren argues that video games are the new research and development for future-facing brands.
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