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Science Literacy Week kicks off at SFU Library, September 16th

Science Literacy Week is a national celebration of science and runs from September 16-22, 2019. The SFU Library, along with campus partners and friends, joins other scientific, cultural, and community organizations across the country in marking this week with events and displays.

Great science books 

Find a fun science book to read! Check out the collection of books and DVDs on display, including recommendations from students and staff in the SFU community. Discover a gem that kick-starts your intrigue in science, or find a book that becomes a new favorite!

All week: September 16-22, 2019
Bennett Library (SFU Burnaby)

Introduction to Spatial Thinking and ArcGIS

  • Which areas in Ontario are susceptible to drought? Which areas are susceptible to longer periods of drought and which to shorter periods?
  • What is the travel route of the Anna's hummingbird (Calypte anna)? Does it pass close to areas where predators are present, specifically those which prey on eggs?
  • Are neighbourhoods with low socioeconomic status spatially correlated to high morbidity rates?

Many of these questions ask about the spatial relationship between two or more phenomena. This workshop is an introduction to spatial thinking and the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). This workshop assumes attendees have no previous experience with GIS.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • think spatially about their research;
  • understand the elements of GIS;
  • use a leading industry software (ArcGIS);
  • create simple maps using geospatial data;
  • look for and find geospatial data and resources.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019. 2:30pm to 4:20pm
W.A.C. Bennett Library (SFU Burnaby), Lab 2105
More about this workshop and the registration information.

Introduction to R (2-day workshop)

This two day workshop introduces the programming language R.  R is an open-source, widely used, and increasingly popular tool for statistical and data analyses, text mining, geospatial analysis, modelling, and a growing number of other applications. No prior knowledge is required. Students will learn the skills needed to start analyzing their own data.

The topics covered include:

  • the R environment (directories, workspace, scripts, and packages),
  • simple commands to get you started,
  • data structures (vector, matrix, data frames, lists),
  • basic data analysis tools (built-in statistical packages, plotting, etc.)

 As time permits, an introduction to functions may also be covered.


  • Participants need to bring a laptop with the latest versions of R and RStudio installed.

Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 9:30am to 4:30pm
Sunday, September 22, 2019 - 9:30am to 4:30pm
Burnaby, SFU's Big Data Hub (Applied Science Building - Flexible Meeting Room ASB 10908)
More about this workshop and the registration information.

Other SFU Events for Science Literacy Week

Starry Nights at the Trottier Observatory and Science Courtyard 

Enjoy a night of star gazing with volunteers who will lead you through the observatory and courtyard and introduce you to the beauty of the night sky through their telescopes.


September 16-22

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