Data and Donuts - Workshop Series

Data and Donuts - Workshop Series

This free workshop series sponsored by Fondren Library and the Center for Research Computing provides hands-on training in the basics of organizing, documenting, analyzing, and visualizing your data. Come learn and enjoy free donuts!

(Registration is limited to current Rice students, faculty, and staff or Friends of Fondren at the patron level and above. Please see Fondren Library's Short Course Registration Policy.)

Summer 2019 Short Courses

Event/Description Date/Time/Location

Python for Beginners

This is a hands-on workshop that introduces you to Python, one of the most popular programming languages. It covers the basic concepts, conditional statements and loops, functions, etc. Students will begin coding by solving sample problems.

Friday, May 31, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Fondren Library Basement Collaboration Space, B43A


Pandas is one of the most useful Python libraries, used for the creation, manipulation, and analysis of data tables. Attendees will learn the fundamentals of table creation and manipulation in Pandas.


Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Introduction to Effective Data Visualization

This workshop will review research in visual perception and explore how different visual forms impact a viewer’s understanding of the data. We will also discuss general guidelines for visualization design.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am
DMC Multi Purpose Room

Using Excel to Manage and Analyze Data

Do you have data that you need to organize or analyze? This short course will cover techniques for organizing, importing, manipulating and summarizing your data using advanced Excel features such as data lists, pivot tables and functions. It will also provide tips for using Excel productively.

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Fondren Library Basement Collaboration Space, B43A

Introduction to Data Management

Drowning in data? Not sure how to organize and back it up? This hands-on, interactive workshop will share tips for effectively organizing, documenting and storing research data.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Fondren Collaboration Space

Introduction to GitHub

GitHub is a place where millions of developers gather every day to collaborate on open source software. It hosts billions of lines of code.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Collaboration Space, B43A

Colors in Data Visualization

This workshop will discuss how to select colors that complement the message of your data visualization without sacrificing readability.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am
DMC Multi Purpose Room

Excel Charts Tips for Visualizing Data

Excel is an easy to use tool for creating charts and graphs. This short workshop will provide tips and techniques for refining and customizing Excel’s basic chart types.

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Collaboration Space, B43A

Using Rice’s Private VM Cloud

Learn about ORION, Rice’s private VM research computing cloud. ORION allows you to develop custom disk images, perform custom compute jobs that do not rise to the level of requiring supercomputing resources, and even host web applications.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
DMC Multi Purpose Room (basement of Fondren)

Introduction to R

This course will cover the foundational elements of coding in R including understanding the interface and syntax of R as well as basic techniques for storing and manipulating data sets in R.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Collaboration Space, B43A

R Visualization and Data Manipulation

This course will build upon the basics of R and introduce basic forms of data visualization techniques in R as well as more advanced forms of data manipulation that weren't covered in the introductory class through use of for loops and if statements.

Monday, July 8, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:30am
Collaboration Space, B43A

Python Data Visualization with Matplotlib

Matplotlib is the most popular data visualization library in Python. It allows us to create figures and plots. This tutorial is intended to help you get up-and-running with Matplotlib quickly.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Collaboration Space, B43A

The Absolute Basics of Jupyter Notebooks

Every day, thousands (if not more) of programmers, statisticians, data scientists, information professionals, and journalists use Jupyter, an open-source web app that interactively presents live code augmented with visua

Friday, July 12, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Fondren Library Basement Collaboration Space, B43A

Introduction to Time Series Analysis

This course will teach the basics of time series analysis, a statistical approach to dealing with sequential data sets.

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am