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Penn State Institutional Research Interest Group

Data Visualization: Making your Data Speak

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
508 Rider

Panelists: John Cheslock, Director, Center for the Study of Higher Education, and Associate Professor; and Christa Kelleher, Environmental Protection Agency STAR Fellow and doctoral student in Civil Engineering.

Presenting findings in a way that is easily understood by our audiences can be one of the most challenging aspects of the job for everyone who deals with data. As a faculty member in higher education with a specialization in advanced quantitative modeling and past director of Penn State’s Institutional Research Certificate Program, Dr. Cheslock has spent many years developing his skills in presenting data and in sharing them with his students. Ms. Kelleher, an emerging scholar in civil engineering, recently tackled this same issue from a disciplinary perspective in her 2011 Environmental Modeling and Software  article, “Ten guidelines for effective data visualization in scientific publications.” Together, these two scholars will share some of their techniques for making your data speak.

You are invited to attend, via either Adobe Connect Pro webinar or in person. Adobe Connect Pro is simple to use. Penn State provides the service University-wide, and participants shouldn’t need to install or purchase anything. After you’ve registered, you will receive the information you need to connect.

The Institutional Research Interest Group is a community of practice whose goal is to help strengthen Penn State’s capacity to use data for informed planning and decision making. More information is available at Participation in the IR Interest Group by any interested faculty members, staff, administrators, or students is welcome.
To register for this free event, please call the Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment at (814) 863-8721, or email

Please indicate whether you plan to attend in person or via Adobe Connect Pro.