Carpentry Clippings, 27 May 2020

Highlights from The Carpentries Community Calendar

Community Discussions and Themed Discussions in The Carpentries are a great way to interact with, learn from and share your knowledge and experiences with other Carpentries community members from around the world. Subscribe to our community calendar for updates on community calls that may pique your interest and are in a befitting hour depending on your timezone and schedule.  You can also watch some of our recorded community calls on our YouTube channel

  • 28 May at 10am UTC: African Carpentry Instructors Monthly Meetup
  • 29 May at 7am UTC: Community Discussion with Serah Njambi Rono
  • 1 June at 5pm UTC: Themed Discussion: Online Workshop Series

Community News

Dr. Allen Downey is our New Astronomy Curriculum Developer
We are delighted to introduce Dr. Allen Downey, who joined The Carpentries as our new Astronomy Curriculum Developer. Here’s a blog post introducing Allen.

Announcing a New Series of Online Workshop Themed Discussions
Starting Monday, 1 June, The Carpentries Core Team will be hosting monthly community calls centred around online workshops. The first in this series will be a collaboration between the Workshop Administration and Infrastructure Teams of The Carpentries. 

On 1 June, we will have three segments, each led by a member of The Carpentries Core team, followed by a Q&A session. The discussion will consist of the following topics:

  • Planning/registering your online workshop - Led by Deputy Director of Workshops and Meetings, Sher! Hurt
  • How to use Zoom for online workshops - Led by Quality Assurance Manager, Maneesha Sane
  • How to fill out the workshop template to set up your website correctly for online workshops - Led by Lesson Infrastructure Technology Developer, Zhian Kamvar, PhD

Read more in this blog post, and sign up for the Themed Discussion on our Etherpad

Committee and Task Force News    

CarpentryCon @ Home
The submission period for CarpentryCon @ Home proposals is now open! If you are interested in facilitating a session at CarpentryCon @ Home - workshop, lightning talk, skill-up, breakout session or other, please follow this set of instructions and submit your proposal in the issues section of this GitHub repository by Monday, 8 June 2020. 

For more information on the proposals we are looking for, please read this blog post

A Message from The Executive Council of The Carpentries
Due to the ongoing pandemic, The Carpentries Executive Council decided to hold its 2020 meeting online. Between 12 and 13 May 2020, the Executive Council met via Zoom, and worked in teams on different projects related to The Carpentries Strategic Plan that the Executive Council developed and approved in 2019. In the meeting, the Executive Council tackled the following topics: 

  • Dealing with custom workshops that mix and match different lessons, 

  • How to evaluate external collaborators with respect to our values and the Code of Conduct, and 

  • Setting directions for growth in new regions. 

Last but not least, the Executive Council 

  • Commenced work on the bi-annual revision of The Carpentries bylaws and 
  • Held its monthly Executive Council meeting for May 2020 where the first one-year plan derived from the Strategic Plan was discussed. The first-year plan will be approved soon and then shared with the community.
What you may have missed on the blog and mailing lists

Learnings from the First Centrally-Organised Online Workshop of 2020
This blog post covers learnings from an online workshop for Genentech that took place over a two-week period this April. Insights include focusing on exercises, assisting learners in an “in-band” way, and more. Read the full post here.

Reminder: African Carpentries Community Meet-up
Our monthly African Carpentries Community Meet up (see the Etherpad) is this Thursday 28 May. Please see the link to the African Carpentries Community Calendar where all meetups and events will be shared.  We will be discussing Online Workshops.

Tweet of the Week

Community Job Postings

CZI Science is hiring for two computational biology positions:
- The first is a Science Program Officer. Learn more about the position and apply here.
- The second is a Computational Biologist, Neurodegeneration. Learn more about the position and apply here.

Bioinformatics Position at UBC
The University of British Columbia has an open position in bioinformatics. This position will help establish a new microbiome core. Learn more and apply here

Fellowship Opportunity with The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
The NHLBI BioData Catalyst Fellows program is now accepting applications for fellows. The program provides early-career researchers (graduate students, postdocs, junior faculty, and others) the opportunity to receive funding to help support research on novel and innovative data science and data-focused research problems. Learn more and apply here.

Fellowship Opportunity at the Mozilla Foundation
This year Mozilla is introducing a new focus area of its Mozilla Fellowship Program for Tech and Society strategists in the Global South. People residing in the following countries are eligible to apply: Brazil, Costa Rica India, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico and Tunisia.Learn more about the program and apply here.

Macquarie University in Sydney is seeking a Data Steward
Working in Data Science and eResearch, the Data Steward will provide system support for research data systems and more. Learn more and apply here.


COVID-19 Africa Rapid Grant Fund
Researchers and science engagement practitioners from the following countries are eligible to apply to the Grant Fund:  Botswana, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and in the context of the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) Nigeria and South Africa. For the research strand and applicable only to Nigeria and South Africa, only ARUA member universities will be eligible to participate. For the two strands on science engagement, practitioners across all the countries, including Nigeria and South Africa may apply.

This call covers three strands: i) research, ii) science engagement: call to science and health journalists and communicators, and iii) science engagement: call to science advisers. Learn more here.

Toolshed (Posts from our Past)
2 years ago, on The Software Carpentry blog, we published a post by Pariksheet Nanda on teaching Git with worksheets. Check out the worksheet and read the rest of the post here.

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