20 February 2014, Volume 7, Number 23

U.Va. licenses various statistical, mathematical and scientific software packages for members of the University community.  Many of these tools may be accessed via the UVa Hive or downloaded from the UVa Software Gateway.

Drs. Kathy Gerber and Nancy Kechner will help you with obtaining, installing, and using site-licensed research software titles. You may contact these members of the Research Software Support team by emailing res-consult@virginia.edu.

Open Office Hours for Research Software Support:
Alderman Library, room 523, Tuesday through Friday, 10am-noon
Bavaro Hall, room 306 (the CLIC), Wednesdays from 1pm-5pm.


Cover of the International Handbook of Reserach on Children's Literacy, Learning, and CultureNEW ONLINE HANDBOOK
Title: International Handbook of Research on Children’s Literacy, Learning, and Culture
Editors: Kathy Hall, Teresa Cremin, Barbara Comber, and Luis C. Moll
Table of Contents 

Overview: “Presents an authoritative distillation of current global knowledge related to the field of primary years literacy studies. Features chapters that conceptualize, interpret, and synthesize relevant research.  Critically reviews past and current research in order to influence future directions in the field of literacy. Offers literacy scholars an international perspective that recognizes and anticipates increasing diversity in literacy practices and cultures.” — Publisher


Cover of the Handbook of Cognition and Brain Development NEW ONLINE BOOK FROM APA
Title: Cognition and Brain Development: Converging Evidence from Various Methodologies
Editors: Bhoomika Rastogi Kar
Publisher: The American Psychological Association

Overview: “This book published by the American Psychological Association conveys the insights gained from recent empirical research in the field of cognitive development and presents a cumulative account of different aspects of the developing brain and cognition. The highlight of the volume is the bringing together of various topics in cognitive development, methodology, developmental stages, and most important, research findings on various populations from both East and West.” Publisher


Virginia Department of Education logo SOL PUBLIC COMMENT NOW OPEN
An important part of the SOL review process is the solicitation of comments from classroom teachers, administrators, curriculum supervisors, specialized educators, and others who have worked with or have an interest in the Standards of Learning under review.

Comments will be received through March 10, 2014.  All submitted comments will be reviewed by the specific Standards of Learning review team for consideration of revisions to the current SOL document.  The areas under review this year are:


  Logo for the Curry School of Education's Center for Advanced Study ofTeaching & LearningWORKS IN PROGRESS MEETING
The CASTL faculty and students are hosting a Works in Progress (WIP)  meeting and hope you will attend to offer your feedback and become more familiar with the who, what, and why of WIP meetings.
TOPIC:   A Closer Look at Coaching: What Do Coaches and Teachers Do in the MyTeachingPartner Model?
PRESENTER: Manuela Jiménez Herrera
   350 Old Ivy Way, Suite. 100 (FREE PARKING) (map)
TIME:  Friday February 21, 2014, 2:00-3:00pm
ABSTRACT:  Ms. Jiménez Herrera will be presenting a preview of her dissertation proposal defense. Her dissertation follows the three-manuscript format and its overall goal is to examine coaches’ and teachers’ behavior in the implementation of MyTeachingPartner, a coaching intervention, and to assess whether these behaviors are related to positive outcomes at the end of the intervention.


TOPIC: Outcomes in Early Adulthood for Serious Adolescent Offenders
DATE:   Friday, February 28, 2014
TIME:  11:00am – 12:30pm
LOCATION:  Alumni Hall
DESCRIPTION: Dr. Edward Mulvey will discuss findings from the Pathways to Desistance study, a longitudinal project following 1,354 serious adolescent offenders for seven years after their appearance in court.  The influence of a variety of factors will be discussed such as findings about the role of institutional placement and service provision, employment, and perceptions of the legal system. Policy implications of the study findings to date will also be discussed.

The lecture is FREE and open to the public. No registration is required. Bagels and coffee will be served. Parking is available at the Central Grounds Parking Garage.
PRESENTER:  Dr. Edward Mulvey

Youth-Nex is sponsoring this talk, as part of the Curry Research Lectureship Series.


TOPIC: Syllabus Design Workshop
DATE:   Thursday, February 27, 2014
TIME:  3:00pm – 5:00pm
LOCATION:  Ern Commons
DESCRIPTION: Constructing a syllabus entails more than just matching dates to readings or assignments. It involves carefully considering a number of questions, including: What purpose(s) does the syllabus serve? Who is it written for? What does it convey about the instructor’s values or about what or how students will learn? How will students use it?
PRESENTERS: Dr. Michael Palmer, TRC Associate Director (Chemistry)  Matthew Trevett-Smith, TRC Assistant Director (Anthropology)
REGISTER    Sponsored by the Tomorrow’s Professor Today Program


Library of Congress logoBY THE NUMBERS
In 2013, the Library of Congress staff responded to more than 636,000 congressional reference requests (from members of congress and their staff) and delivered to Congress approximately 23,000 volumes from the Library’s collections.  In addition to its service to the Congress, the Library of Congress   

  • Registered 496,599 claims to copyright
  • Provided reference services to 513,946 individuals
  • Responded to more than 1 million reference requests – an average of 4,600 every business day
  • Welcomed more than 1.6 million onsite visitors
  • Recorded 84 million visits and more than 519 million page-views online

Who said everybody is using the Internet to find their information?


HOOS YOUR  datalights
Throughout the semester, we will be highlighting information about finding, organizing, analyzing, managing, displaying, and preserving research data. See this week’s featured data information below.


TOPIC: Spatial Analysis I & II
DATE:  Thursday, February 20, 2014 (Spatial Analysis I)
Thursday, February 27, 2014 (Spatial Analysis II)
TIME:  9:00am to 11:00am
LOCATION: Alderman Library, Room 421
Description: In recent years, social scientists have become increasingly aware of the way in which social phenomena such as voting, poverty, and the spread of disease are shaped by place and space. Towards this end, this workshop will introduce basic concepts in spatial data analysis, focusing in particular on the use of data associated with areal units such as states, counties, and census tracts, to name a few. In addition to discussing the methodological challenges and opportunities posed by the use of spatial data, we will work through the fundamentals of exploratory spatial data analysis and spatial regression through a step-by-step replication of existing work. The first half of the workshop will include a general methodological overview, along with a discussion of methods for detecting global and local spatial auto-correlation. Building on this material, the second half of the workshop will focus more specifically on the use of use linear regression to capture spatial heterogeneity and dependence.

Participants should be familiar with linear regression and basic statistics. The course will be taught using R, though participants without previous experience should still be able to follow along.
Presenter:   Dr. Adam Slez, Professor of Sociology    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


This workshop is being rescheduled due to last week’s snow event.  There are still some slots available so please register to attend.
TOPIC:  Regression Discontinuity
WHEN: Friday, February 27, 2014 2:00pm–3:30pm
LOCATION: Brown Science and Engineering Library, Room 133
DESCRIPTION:  Regression discontinuity as a research design is becoming increasingly common in economics, education and other social scientific research. It allows individuals to use discontinuities in the data–including political borders, administrative rules and standardized test score thresholds–to estimate causal effects of interest from observational data. This workshop will introduce the potential outcomes framework of causation, the baseline regression discontinuity design and more advanced applications like fuzzy RDD.

Participants should be familiar with linear regression and basic statistics. The course will be taught using Stata, but course materials will include scripts to implement RDD in SPSS and R.


Logo for Social ExplorerGIS WORKSHOP
TOPIC:  Easy Demographics
TIME: 10:00am–11:00am
DATE: Wednesday, February 26, 2014
LOCATION: Alderman Library, Room 421
DESCRIPTION: Need to make a quick demographic map or religious adherence? This workshop will show you how easily navigate Social Explorer. This powerful online application makes it easy to create maps with contemporary and historic census data and religious information.

All sessions assume attendees have no previous experience using GIS. Sessions will be hands-on with step-by-step tutorials and expert assistance. They are free to attend and are open to the UVa and larger Charlottesville community.
PRESENTERS:  Chris Gist and Kelly Johnston    


TOPIC: Neatline Timelines
TIME: 3:00pm–4:00pm
DATE: Wednesday, February 19, 2014
LOCATION: Alderman Library, Room 421
DESCRIPTION:   You say you’ve got the basics of the tools available in Neatline, but want to know more about how to use timelines to illustrate your data? This is the class for you. Please join us for this 1-hour, hands-on workshop. Prior experience with Neatline or previous attendance at the Introduction to Neatline workshop is helpful, but not required.
INSTRUCTOR:  Ronda Grizzle


Data Management Training SessionsDATA MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP
Planning for Data Management
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
2:00pm to 3:30pm
Bavaro Hall,  room 306 (The CLIC)
What’s your plan for managing the data from your current and proposed research projects? Join us for a data management planning workshop designed to help researchers start thinking about questions such as: What standards for file naming and metadata will you use?  What repository will you deposit your data into? Do you need permission to share your data?  We will: discuss critical components of data management planning, provide hands-on practice with methods to name and organize files, review helpful data management resources, and give you a framework to develop your own data management plan.  We welcome all researchers; faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and others.

PRESENTERS:  Andrea Denton  and Ricky Patterson


The American Psychological Association identified the following behavioral and social science data sets on the APA website. Do any of them have data for your needs?


International Association of Social Science Information Services & Technology (IASSIST) logo
The International Association of Social Science Information Services & Technology (IASSIST) is an international organization of professionals working in and with information technology and data services to support research and teaching in the social sciences.  The focus of the 2013 IASSIST Conference was Data Innovation: Increasing Accessibility, Visibility, and Sustainability.  Slides from the Conference presentations are available on the website.



This newsletter is produced by the CLIC librarians, Kay Buchanan and Carole Lohman.

The newsletter is intended to support  faculty and students at the Curry School of Education who are engaged in scientifically based research, evaluation, and teaching by keeping them up-to-date on scholarly resources, trends, and opportunities so they can make a positive impact on education.

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