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Plan now to take advantage of these valuable workshops as part of your ASA, CSSA, and SSSA Annual Meeting experience. Workshops are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Register before Sept. 7 to reserve your space and save money as prices increase after this date.  A workshop with insufficient registration on Sept. 27 may be canceled and a refund issued.Please contact the workshop organizer directly if you have questions about workshop details.

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Sunday, Oct. 22
R You Ready for New Tools to Manage Research Resources?
Sunday, Oct. 22, 1:00—5:00 PM
Sponsored by Biometry and Statistical Computing Section

   The open-source programming language and development environment R has gained increased acceptance by researchers in the Tri-societies as a statistical software environment and tool. Cutting-edge statistical analysis often requires tools not yet available in commercial software packages and R packages containing these tools are one solution to such problems. But R can also be useful for more mundane tasks such as plotting, manuscript writing, or data warehousing. 
   In this four hour hands-on workshop, we will teach you how to use R Studio and R Markdown to:
             •    Perform reproducible research
             •    Integrate data storage, analysis, graphing and plotting
             •    Write manuscripts in one tool 
             •    Create your own R-package to store the data and meta-data from a research project
             •    Easily distribute your R-package to interested parties
   Participants are expected to have a basic working knowledge of R and using R packages and have R and R Studio installed. One week prior to the workshop, leaders will provide detailed instructions on which additional R packages should be installed before the workshop begins.

Fee: $135 ($155 after Sept. 7)

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

Agricultural Drones: Principles and Applications
Sunday, Oct. 22, 1:00 PM—5:00 PM
Sponsored by Airborne and Satellite Remote Sensing Community and Precision Agriculture Systems Community 

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) with advanced sensors and imaging capabilities are giving farmers new possibilities to increase yield, reduce crop damage, and provide benefits in the economic and environmental aspect. This workshop will introduce state of the art drone technology for agricultural applications. The audience will get practical instruction on 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 UAV technology will also be discussed. 

Fee: $95 ($115 after Sept. 7)

Contact Ana Wagner for more information on the workshop. Contact Lynne Navis with registration questions.

Farm to Table: On-Farm Trial Data 

Sunday, Oct. 22, 1:00 PM—5:00 PM
Sponsored by Biometry and Statistical Computing Section, Spatial Statistics Applications Community, and Statistical Education/Training for Researchers Community

This workshop will focus primarily on processing and analyzing yield monitor data from on-farm trials. Topics include downloading and cleaning data, preparing data for input into statistical software, basic statistical analysis, detecting spatial autocorrelation, semivariograms and kriging.

Fee: $120 ($140 after Sept. 7)

Contact Peter Claussen for more information on the workshop. Contact Lynne Navis with registration questions.

Monday, Oct. 23

Linear Mixed Models for Plant Scientists with ASReml-R

Monday, Oct. 23, 8:00 AM—12:00 PM
Sponsored by Biometry and Statistical Computing Section and Statistical Education/Training for Researchers Community

Linear mixed models (LMM) extend the traditional linear model by allowing a more flexible specification of the errors (and other random factors). This allows for a different type of inference and also allows for incorporating correlation and heterogeneous variances between the observations. The main aim of this workshop is to train scientists in LMM with the aim of promoting sound scientific research based on good statistical thinking and practices that require proper use and critical interpretation of the outcomes and coding of the models. 
In this workshop, illustrations with real datasets of analysis of LMM will be presented using ASReml-R, a library from the statistical package R. Theoretical details will be kept to a minimum, but several examples will be presented and fully discussed. Some of the aspects to address will include: 
       •    Fixed or random effects 
       •    Complex field experiments that require LMM
       •    Dealing with unbalanced data
       •    Correlation on time: repeated measures
       •    Correlation on space: spatial analysis

Fee: $175 ($195 after Sept. 7) Includes software license.  

Contact Salvador Gezan for more information on the workshop. Contact Lynne Navis with registration questions.

Generation Image – Photography 101 for Communicating Science and Research

Monday, Oct. 23, 1:30 PM—3:00 PM or Wednesday, Oct. 25, 10:00 AM—11:30 AM

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 the various types of photos are that can help communicate your research
       •    What tools 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: a smartphone, laptop computer or tablet fully charged before the workshop 
Highly recommended: create Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram accounts before attending 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. 7)

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

 

TuESDAY, OCT. 24

Women in Science Workshop: Connecting Mindfulness and Work-Life Balance

Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2:00 PM—4:30 PM 
Multi-tasking, overloaded schedules, and high demands often keep us incredibly busy and stressed. It seems paradoxical to meet both the demands and goals of our work and personal life. To balance our expectations, our career goals as scientists, while also living a deeply fulfilling and happy life can be challenging. Specifically, women suffer from those competing demands. To keep us healthy and in the “green zone” depends how we relate to stress and life as a whole. There has been ample research evidence that mindfulness practices allow us to unplug and be more present - deliberately paying full attention to what is happening around you and within you (in your body, heart and mind) in the present moment. The practices of mindfulness cultivate the ability to become more aware of thoughts, emotions, and actions, and thus, give us the tools to live up to our highest potential.  Join us at this workshop where we will explore work life balance and several mindfulness practices.   Speaker: Sabine Grunwald, PhD Leader of UF Mindfulness & Professor Pedometrics, Landscape Analysis & GIS Laboratory Soil and Water Sciences Department University of Florida

Fee: $25 ($30 after Sept. 7)
Student Fee:  $10 ($15 after Sept. 7)  limited number available

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

Wednesday, Oct. 25 

Science Not Silence: An Advocacy Workshop
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 9:00 AM—10:30 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. 7)

Contact Karl Anderson for more information on the workshop.  Contact Lynne Navis with registration questions.

Generation Image: Photography 101 for Communicating Science and Research

Monday, Oct. 23, 1:30 PM—3:00 PM or Wednesday, Oct. 25, 10:00 AM—11:30 AM

   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 the various types of photos are that can help communicate your research
       •    What tools 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: a smartphone, laptop computer or tablet fully charged before the workshop 
   Highly recommended: create Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram accounts before attending 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. 7)

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

Analyzing Repeated Measures Data 

Wednesday, Oct. 25, 1:30 PM—4:30 PM
Sponsored by C-5 Turfgrass Science Division, C-6 Forage and Grazinglands Division, and Biometry and Statistical Computing Section

Please repeat after me: “Analysis of repeated measures does NOT have to be hard but it requires time and effort.” Whenever you are taking multiple observations over time or depth on the same experimental unit you have a repeated measures situation. A split-plot in time restriction is just a very special case of a repeated measures design, where the residuals fulfill the NIR assumption, where INDEPENDENT is the operative term. 
In this four hour, hands-on workshop, we will be using SAS software to do a complete analysis of two datasets that might typically arise in forage and/or turf research, where researchers deal with perennial crops.  We will use visual and analytic approaches to arrive at a plausible, perhaps ideal, residual covariance structure (R-side modeling). 
Participants are expected to bring their own laptops with SAS and EXCEL installed and have a basic knowledge of data import/export and mixed models procedures in SAS. Participants accessing SAS remotely are responsible for ensuring connectivity. Connection issues should be solved BEFORE the workshop begins.

Fee: $140 ($160 after Sept. 7)

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