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Upcoming Meetings

Unless otherwise noted, our meetings are held on the first Tuesday and third Monday of each month, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

Next Meeting:

  • [geek:2] Monday, June 20, 2016
    Michele Tobias, Tobias Research - "Inkscape"
    Location: Davis Public Library, Blanchard Room

    A general introduction to the Inkscape vector graphics editor, and how it can be used for both graphic design work, as well as modifying existing images, using cartography as an example (modifying the data output from a Geographic Information System (GIS)).

    About Inkscape
    Inkscape is a free and open source professional vector graphics editor for Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows. It can be used to create or edit vector graphics — the use of polygons to represent images (as opposed to raster graphics, a dot matrix representing a rectangular grid of pixels, or points of color) — such as illustrations, diagrams, line arts, charts, logos and complex paintings. Inkscape's primary vector graphics format is Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), a widely-deployed royalty-free graphics format developed and maintained by the W3C SVG Working Group. It is a markup language for describing two-dimensional graphics.

    About the Speaker
    Michele Tobias is an Environmental Scientist at the Natural Resource Division of California State Parks, where she develops and analyzes data, databases, and methods for natural resources and ecology of California's State Park system. Independently, she also develops and teaches about open source geospatial tools, builds low-altitude aerial photography platforms (kites and remote-controlled hobby hot air balloons, together with consumer-grade cameras), and works to refine and automate the photo processing workflow.

    Michele received a PhD in Geography from UC Davis, and was a Post Doc at UCD's Information Center for the Environment. The goal of her research is to understand the current distribution of California's beach plants and how humans affect this. Data collection is a combination of traditional phytosociological methods and innovative remote sensing.

    Michele uses Inkscape as part of a workflow that produces professional-quality maps from QGIS, an open source Geographic Information System. She presented a talk on the topic, "Cartography with Inkscape," at the 2016 FOSS4G-NA (Free & Open Software for Geospatial, North America) conference earlier this year.

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Future Meetings:

  • [geek:2] Monday, July 18, 2016
    Professor Harry H. Cheng, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UC Davis - "The Center for Integrated Computing and STEM Education (The C-STEM Center)"
    Location: Explorit Nature Center (5th Street)

    C-STEM, "Computing, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics", is a UC Approved Educational Preparation Program for Undergraduate Admission for all University of California campuses. Participation in the C-STEM program is recognized in the UC admissions process as achievements that have explicitly prepared students for college and career.

    UC Davis recently launched a new national program for school districts across the country that will make it easier for students to have computer science educations starting in first grade. This new curriculum provides students with a full first-grade-to-high-school curriculum that includes mathematics from the Center for Integrated Computing and STEM Education at UC Davis (the C-STEM Center). ("UC Davis to offer nationwide K-12 computer science curriculum", California Aggie, April 21, 2016)

    The C-STEM Center, founded by Professor Harry Cheng in 2010, aims to transform C-STEM education in both formal and informal K-14 programs through integrated learning, guided by two key objectives: (1) close the achievement gap by broadening participation of students traditionally underrepresented in computing and STEM related careers and post-secondary study, and (2) develop students' 21st century problem-solving skills to tackle real world concerns through integrated computing and STEM education.

    The center's vision is to provide formal computing education for all K-12 students. The C-STEM ICT (information and communications technology) Pathway will provide K-12 students with 12 years of computer science education through hands-on integrated learning of math and computer science with coding in the C and C++ languages, and Blockly, a client-side JavaScript library for creating visual block programming editors which run in a web browser (an open source project of Google, and which resembles Scratch).

    The C-STEM Center can provide two-day training academies and weeklong institutes in using the curriculum in the classroom for teachers who have no prior computer programming and robotics experience.

    C-STEM Day (near the end of May each year) is a culminating event for the C-STEM program organized to build public awareness and advocate for Integrated Computing and STEM education. The C-STEM Center and its partners organize annual curriculum-based level-playing RoboPlay Competitions in various regions on C-STEM Day to further engage students in project-based team activities and to showcase their accomplishments and creativity.

    The one-week C-STEM Girls in Robotics Leadership (GIRL) Camps in summer available locally are designed for girls in middle school to learn computing and STEM subject through near-peer mentoring with fun and exciting robotics activities. The camps provide life-changing experience and inspiration to campers, encouraging them to pursue computing and STEM related careers and post-secondary studies.

    About the Speaker
    Dr. Harry Cheng is a professor at UC Davis' Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and is founder and director of the C-STEM Center. In 2006, he found that few students in his freshman computer programming course had prior experience in the subject. Inspired to increase exposure to computing in K-12 classrooms, Cheng saw a larger opportunity to transform how students from elementary school to college learn computing, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (C-STEM).

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  • [geek:-] Monday, August 15, 2016
    Speaker TBA - "Topic TBA"

    Speaker and topic TBA. (Would you like to present at this LUGOD meeting? See our call for speakers.)

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  • [geek:1] Monday, September 19, 2016
    Emily Kurze, Marketing Programs Manager, The Linux Foundation - "Get out of your own way: build the open source career you want!"
    Location: To Be Announced

    According to Dice.com, 59% of hiring managers say their hiring of open source talent will increase over the next six months. As the pressure to fill these IT job roles increases to keep pace with demand, so too does the competition to land one of these lucrative opportunities. Having strong open source and career navigation skills has never been more important.

    But it can be overwhelming when you are trying to figure out how to get started. Come find out about open source career trends and how to leverage them, how to start getting involved in open source projects even if you aren't a coder, why networking isn't as scary as it seems and other tricks to help you achieve your career goals in open source.

    About the Speaker:
    Emily Kurze is currently the Marketing Programs Manager at The Linux Foundation. Prior to joining, she worked in the Linux certification, consumer electronics, educational robotics and SCADA software industries. Prior to her work in technology marketing, Emily was a wildlife biologist researching the effects of ultraviolet radiation. Since that time, she's also been a technical writer, software configuration trainer, and advanced technical support analyst, so she's learned a thing or two about reinventing one's career.

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  • [geek:-] Monday, October 17, 2016
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  • [geek:-] Monday, November 21, 2016
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  • [geek:-] Monday, December 19, 2016
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