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Workshops

Plan now to take advantage of these valuable workshops as part of your ASA and CSSA Annual Meeting experience. Workshops are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Register before Sept. 20 to reserve your space and save money as prices increase after this date.  A workshop with insufficient registration on Oct. 10 may be canceled and a refund issued. Please contact workshop organizer directly if you have questions about workshop details.

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SATURDAY, NOV. 3

Proficient SAS for Reproducible Research  

Saturday, Nov. 3, 1:00PM-4:40PM
Sponsored by ASA Section: Biometry and Statistical Computing, Statistical Education/Training for Researchers Community
    Study plan, DOE, project environment setup, data management, data visualization, data manipulation (reshape, outlier, missing values, ans transformation). Lecturer presents a specific topic followed by hands-on time for immediate feedback. Students are expected to bring their own laptop with SAS installed (version requirement will be communicated via email) and exercise files downloaded.

Fee: $150 ($170 after Sept. 20)

Contact Yujin Wen for more information on the workshop. Contact Lynne Navis with registration questions.

Sunday, Nov. 4

R Bootcamp for Statistical Practice in Agricultural Research

Sunday, Nov. 4, 8:00 AM-4:45 PM
Sponsored by ASA Section: Biometry and Statistical Computing, Statistical Education/Training for Researchers Community
    The bootcamp will be in the similar mode as SAS education course, where the lecturer presents a specific topic followed by hands-on time for immediate feedback. Students are expected to bring their own laptop with R (version requirement will be communicated via email) and exercise files downloaded. Core tools to discuss in the workshops: R (Microsoft R Open), RStudio with RNotebook, database connection configuration, tidyverse (package), caret, H2O.ai (or other parallel computing package).  

Fee: $200 ($220 after Sept. 20)

Contact Yujin Wen for more information on the workshop. Contact Lynne Navis with registration questions.

SAS Workshop: The Two Rs of Data Analysis

Sunday, Nov. 4, 8:00 AM-9:30 AM
Sponsored by ASA Section: Biometry and Statistical Computing, C05 Turfgrass Science and C06 Forage and Grazinglands
    This hands-on SAS workshop will cover the basic functionality of SAS. Clinicians will be prepared to work with attendees using SAS installed on their own laptops or using SAS University Edition with SAS Studio as the interface.  The first task in a data analysis project is to get the data into SAS. Attendees will learn in this module how to convert external data files of various formats into temporary or permanent SAS data sets (tables).  They will also learn to reshape data from the wide format to the long format; the latter will enable them to streamline analysis of experiments with multiple response variables. 

Fee: $35 ($45 after Sept. 20)

Contact Edzard van Santen for more information on the workshop. Contact Lynne Navis with registration questions. 


Enhancing Global Collaborations in Crop Science

Sunday, Nov. 4, 8:30 AM-4:00 PM
    The pressing challenges of providing safe, nutritious, and quality food to a growing global population in a changing climate cannot be met by researchers and policymakers working independently in distinct disciplines. While excellent plant and crop science research is currently underway around the world, we need to facilitate international collaboration to increase both the speed and effectiveness of our response to the challenge of food insecurity. 
   This workshop will bring together international research leaders and policy experts in a range of fields related to crop science. By combining the experience of these contributors, we will generate new ideas and develop new models for large-scale integrative research to further our international collaborative research efforts. In breakout groups, attendees will have the opportunity to formulate proposals for the future development of intervention strategies that will kickstart an initiative to address one of the world's major food security challenges. One-hour break for lunch (lunch not provided.)

Fee: $20 ($30 after Sept. 20)

Contact Lynne Navis with registration questions.

 

How to Assess Clientele Needs; Plan, Conduct and Evaluate Extension Programs; and Write Impact Statements

Sunday, Nov. 4, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
    Graduate students receive specialized training in the sciences, but typically receive little or no formal training in education or Extension, yet are employed as Extension Specialists or Researchers who are expected to lead or contribute to Extension educational programs. This workshop will provide information and group discussions on how to determine and prioritize the needs of clientele; how to plan, conduct, and evaluate Extension programs, and how to write successful impact statements that will provide accountability to the organization and funding sources. Participants will be encouraged to use their unique individual situations and experiences as case studies. The workshop will facilitate discussions on how best to determine and focus on the needs of clientele; how to determine inputs, activities and outputs that will be used to bring intended change or outcomes; and the impact and public value of each educational program.  

Fee: $45 ($55 after Sept. 20)

Contact Mohamed F. R. Khan for more information on the workshop. Contact Lynne Navis with registration questions. 

SAS Workshop: Describing the Data

Sunday, Nov. 4, 10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Sponsored by ASA Section: Biometry and Statistical Computing, C05 Turfgrass Science and C06 Forage and Grazinglands
    This hands-on SAS workshop will cover the basic functionality of SAS. Clinicians will be prepared to work with attendees using SAS installed on their own laptops or using SAS University Edition with SAS Studio as the interface.  A basic task in a data analysis project is to describe and summarize data in preparation for the actual analysis. Participants will learn in this module some basic SAS procedures well suited for this, such as PROC SORT, PROC PRINT, PROC MEANS, PROC SUMMATIZE, and PROC TABULATE. The last PROC, in particular, should be part of the toolbox of any research scientist.  

Fee: $35 ($45 after Sept. 20)

Contact Edzard van Santen for more information on the workshop. Contact Lynne Navis with registration questions. 

 
SAS Workshop: A Picture is Worth 104 Words

Sunday, Nov. 4, 1:00 PM-2:30 PM
Sponsored by ASA Section: Biometry and Statistical Computing, C05 Turfgrass Science and C06 Forage and Grazinglands
    This hands-on SAS workshop will cover the basic functionality of SAS. Clinicians will be prepared to work with attendees using SAS installed on their own laptops or using SAS University Edition with SAS Studio as the interface.  Displaying data effectively is an art and a craft; we'll focus on the latter. Attendees will learn to use SAS statistical graphics procedures to create some basic plots such as bar, scatter, series graphs and how to combine different elements into a single graph and transferring these graphs to PowerPoint or pdf. 

Fee: $35 ($45 after Sept. 20) 

Contact Edzard van Santen for more information on the workshop. Contact Lynne Navis with registration questions. 

 
Field Scale Agricultural Remote Sensing: Suas, Drones, and Beyond

Sunday, Nov. 4, 1:00 PM-5:00 PM
Sponsored by Airborne and Satellite Remote Sensing Community
    Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS), commonly referred to as drones, with advanced sensors and imaging capabilities are giving farmers new possibilities to increase yield, reduce crop damage, and provide both economic and environmental benefits. The workshop will review state of the art sUAS technology for agricultural applications. The audience will get practical instruction to the principles of aircraft, cameras, sensors, strategies for data collection, processing, and analysis. Agricultural applications will be presented including soil analysis, phenotyping, crop monitoring, health assessment, site-specific management, and more. Challenges faced, and lessons learned using the sUAS technology will also be discussed. 1st block: Introduction to sUAS (speakers, static displays, and exhibitions). Includes how to start an agricultural remote sensing program and open talks from sector representatives.  2nd block: Advanced drones (class instruction). Includes image processing and data fusion instruction and applications in how to translate data processed in agronomic info for agricultural decision-making. 

Fee: $130 ($150 after Sept. 20)

Contact Sanaz Shafian for more information on the workshop. Contact Lynne Navis with registration questions. 

Leave No Flux Undetected

Sunday, Nov. 4, 1:30 PM-3:30 PM
    Improved detection and quality assurance of greenhouse gas exchange rates.  Picarro and Eosense will provide a brief overview of their product lines suitable for soil flux measurement. Then they will provide a tutorial on how to install and operate the soil flux equipment with a live demo. 

Fee: $20 ($30 after Sept. 20)

Contact Gabriella Hajdu for more information on the workshop. Contact Lynne Navis with registration questions. 

SAS Workshop: There is No Reason to Reinvent the Wheel

Sunday, Nov. 4, 3:00 PM-4:30 PM
Sponsored by ASA Section: Biometry and Statistical Computing, C05 Turfgrass Science and C06 Forage and Grazinglands
     This hands-on SAS workshop will cover the basic functionality of SAS. Clinicians will be prepared to work with attendees using SAS installed on their own laptops or using SAS University Edition with SAS Studio as the interface.  Many analysis projects involve repetitive tasks that scream to be automated. Attendees will learn how to de-clutter programs by assigning repeatedly used values to macro variables. 

Fee: $35 ($45 after Sept. 20)

Contact Edzard van Santen for more information on the workshop. Contact Lynne Navis with registration questions. 

Monday, Oct. 23

Yes You Can: Video 101 for Scientists

Monday. Nov. 5, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM
    Yes, you can enter the world of video. Join us to learn how to plan your video, delete jargon from your script, and shoot your own short video during this hands-on workshop. Dr. Buggs (aka Samuel Ramsey, PhD) and Susan Fisk will guide you gently into the world of creating, posting and promoting your simple science videos. Posting will be via YouTube, so you should create your own account in advance. Instructions will be sent in advance for workshop participants to maximize the use of our time! A recent edition (2016+) cell phone and computer are needed for this project. 

Fee: $20 ($30 after Sept. 20)

Contact Susan Fisk for more information on the workshop. Contact Lynne Navis with registration questions. 


BreedingGames

Monday. Nov. 5, 1:30 PM-3:15 PM
    BreedingGames helps you learn about the process of plant breeding and can be your ticket to bragging rights over other plant breeders (even if you aren't one). In BreedingGames, players make breeding decisions as they try to develop a barley cultivar that meets standards for three traits that show unfavorable correlations: grain yield, protein concentration, and Fusarium head blight resistance. Each player or team needs to decide which parents to cross, how many crosses to make, how many progeny to create in each cross, when and how to use molecular markers in selection, how many locations to use in phenotyping, and which specific progeny to select in each stage-all while staying within a fixed budget. Very nice prizes await the winners. Each player needs to come with a fully charged laptop computer or partner with someone who has a laptop computer.  

Fee: $10 ($20 after Sept. 20)

Contact Rex Bernardo for more information on the workshop. Contact Lynne Navis with registration questions.

tUESDAY, nOV. 6

Increasing Sustainable Productivity for Smallholder Farms in Challenging Climates

Tuesday, Nov. 6, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
    The need to increase sustainable farming productivity in challenging climates goes beyond large farming enterprises. Developing countries which depend on smallholder farms, typically those under 50 acres and primarily worked by family members, also have this requirement. A smallholder farm's primary objective is to expand beyond sustenance farming to improving economic viability. This workshop features presentations on methods, studies and research using analytical instrumentation to help understand and develop methods to increase sustainable productivity in challenging climates for both large and smallholder farms. Subject matter experts from academia and industry will present the following topics: Deploying Portable Soil-Plant Spectral Diagnostics for Enhancing Information Services to Rural Farms; Managing Nutrient Recovery, Recycling, and Reuse in Livestock Farming; Correlating Root Depth with Leaf Elemental Accumulation to Study Improved Soil Structure and Fertilizer Use Efficiency, Water Productivity, and Crop Yield; and Understanding Sustainability Over Time through Archaeological Studies of Paleo-Smallholder Farms. After the presentations, interactive time with analytical instrumentation used in this type of work will be available for participants to learn more about how the subject matter experts used them. 

Fee: $30 ($40 after Sept. 20)

Contact Kimberley Russell for more information on the workshop. Contact Lynne Navis with registration questions.  

Generation Image: Photography 101 for Communicating Science & Research

Tuesday, Nov. 6, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
    In today's news, headlines and stories are shorter. The average length of a YouTube video is 3 minutes for a good reason - more people watch shorter videos (sadly, especially of cats). The fact is, the world is moving to brevity. We've gone from baby boomers, to Gen X and Y, Millennials, and now - Generation Image. That's what today's public wants, so how can scientists give it to them? In this new world, what better tool to help you communicate about your research than a photograph? Photos can be shared in web stories, blogs, social media, and even in print. They bring a richness and clarity to your science story - when done right. They are one of the best communications tools out there.

    In this session you will learn:

  • What are the various types of photos that can help communicate your research.
  • What tools do you need (I promise, it's not expensive).
  • How to manage all your photos efficiently.
  • How to use the photos to communicate what you do.

    Suggested materials to bring to the session: a smartphone and/or a laptop computer/tablet, fully charged before the workshop! Highly recommended: create Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram accounts to attend this session - we won't have time to create them in class. Optional: after the session, we’ll go outside and practice our new photo skills on some of the convention center area's plants!  

Fee: $20 ($30 after Sept. 20)

Contact Susan Fisk for more information on the workshop. Contact Lynne Navis with registration questions.

Perspectives on Leadership Development for Women as Change Agents

Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2:00 PM-4:30 PM
The future of agriculture requires all hands-on deck to solve some of the world's toughest problems. The goal of the Women in Science Committee is to support women scientists in effectively leading progress in the agricultural sciences, recognizing their contributions, and supporting the continued strength and growth of Women in agriculture. In the current political landscape, it is even more important that we provide tools and tactics, support networks, and increased awareness towards a momentum that strives for innovation, excellence, and boundless inclusion. For 2018, the Women in Science Committee will lead the effort to promote women in science by catering to the continued learning and development of leadership skills necessary for a changing future. We will provide a platform for influential professional women in our sciences, from a broad pool of domains, to share their best perspectives on leadership development and call to action, summarizing the content that was covered in CSA News throughout the year.

Fee: $25 ($35 after Sept. 20) Revenue Account:
   Discounted Student Fee: $10 ($15 after Sept. 20)  

Contact Stella Salvo for more information on the workshop. Contact Lynne Navis with registration questions.

 

Wednesday, NOV. 7 

Science Not Silence: An Advocacy Workshop
Wednesday, Nov. 6, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    
Do you have interest in engaging in advocacy, but don't know where to begin? For those who were unable to participate in Congressional Visits Day, attend the Science Advocacy Workshop to learn how to take your enthusiasm (or frustration) and turn it into effective engagement with policymakers. Through discussion and guided exercises, you will learn: 

       •    How the federal budget impacts the research you do. 
       •    The best ways for scientists to engage in advocacy. 
       •    How to effectively communicate with policymakers.

Fee: $10 ($20 after Sept. 27)

Contact Julie McClure for more information on the workshop.Contact Lynne Navis with registration questions.questions.  

Communications 101 for Scientists: Relating in 2018

Wednesday, Nov. 7, 9:30 AM-11:30 AM
    Have you ever thought: I wish people understood what I did? Or: Why doesn't everyone value my science? We designed this workshop to help you...and our Society...develop clear science messages for the public.

In this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Define your audiences.
  • Create compelling messages for each audience.
  • Frame your messages to be audience-relatable.
  • Generate story ideas that interest journalists.

Bring your pre-written "elevator pitch" and learn how to shorten it, simplify it, and summarize it to improve understanding of your science! 

Fee: $20 ($30 after Sept. 20)

Contact Susan Fisk for more information on the workshop. Contact Lynne Navis with registration questions.

 

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