Research Skills Training Series - Spring 2011

These trainings are open to all CPC fellows, trainees, and staff. If you have any questions about a presentation, contact the presenter or Send ideas for topics for future semesters to The schedule can also be printed from here.

Schedules for previous semesters are here.

Creating Research Posters for Conferences (PAA)
Tuesday, Feb. 8
10:00 – 11:00
405 B&C CPC East
Presented by Tom Swasey
Learn everything you need to know to create a poster in PowerPoint for the PAA Conference and other conferences.

Tips for Geotagging Your Photos
Tuesday, Feb. 15
10:00 – 11:00
405 B&C CPC East
Presented by Brian Frizzelle
View presentation slides
Geotagging is the process of adding a geographical identifier to digital files. The most popular form of geotagging is adding latitude and longitude coordinates to digital photographs. In this session, we will discuss some easy and affordable ways to geotag your photos for use in your research. We will also discuss some of the potential dangers of geotagging as they relate to ethics, confidentiality, and personal safety.

Managing Electronic Records on Campus
Wednesday, Feb. 16
1:00 – 2:00
405 B&C CPC East
Presented by Erin O’Meara, UNC Digital Archivist and Meg Tuomala, UNC Records Services Archivist
University Archives and Records Management Services

UNC-Greensboro Records Retention Schedule

Most University employees would agree that email has changed the way in which we communicate and conduct business. As a business tool, email is used to rapidly exchange information, collaborate on projects, and make announcements. Many campus units utilize email to transmit reports, meeting minutes, drafts of policies, official memorandums, and other information without realizing that their email correspondence is a public record, according to the North Carolina Public Records Law (G.S. 132). If an email message is determined to be a record, then it must be retained and subsequently deleted according to the provisions of an approved records retention disposition schedule.

At this meeting, we will cover the basics of managing email as a public record as well as other strategies to manage digital files. Please come with questions and concerns you may have about how to manage your files.

Using Picasa to Manage Photos
Wednesday, Feb. 23
1:00 – 2:00
405 B&C CPC East
Presented by Denise Ammons
View handout (available to CPC researchers only)
It is advised that you not upload photos to the web that are confidential.
Picasa is photo organizing and editing software available free from Google. We will look at tagging and organizing photos, the difference between folders and albums, and how to publish your photos online to share with others. We will also go over basic editing features of Picasa and ways to display your photos.

Protecting Your Computer from Spam & Viruses
Wednesday, March 16
1:00 – 2:00
405 B&C CPC East
Presented by CPC Systems Staff
View FAQ developed for the session (available to CPC researchers only)

Best Practices for Professional Uses of Social Media
Wednesday, March 23
1:00 – 2:00
405 B&C CPC East
Presented by Candice Hogan and Lori Delaney
View presentation slides
View CPC Social Media Guidelines handout
You may use social media to connect with friends and family, but how can outlets, like Facebook and Twitter, be used in a professional context? This session will cover ways that social media can be used for research projects, organizations and books as well as for individuals with knowledge, expertise and resources to share. While using social media, both professionally and/or personally, it is important to consider what you share because it may violate the privacy, confidentiality or best interests of another person or group of people, including study participants or colleagues. We’ll talk about various account settings on Facebook and Twitter, social media guidelines for CPC researchers, and answer any other questions you may have. Though the session will focus on Facebook and Twitter, we can discuss YouTube, LinkedIn and other social media tools.

Microsoft Excel: Pivot Tables
Rescheduled for Wednesday, April 13 (originally scheduled for Wednesday, April 6)
1:00 – 2:00
405 A&B CPC East
Presented by Jan Hendrickson-Smith
Learn more about the power of using Excel 2007 Pivot Tables as an exploratory tool.

  • Use Pivot Tables in an interactive environment to quickly query and summarize large amounts of data.
  • Explore data trends and relationships in a point and click environment.

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