Libraries to offer workshops on Qualtrics online survey software

Research Data Services of Syracuse University Libraries will offer a series of workshops on using the Qualtrics online survey software, which is available to Syracuse University faculty, staff, and students. Qualtrics enables users to create and distribute complex surveys and analyze responses from a single online platform.

Workshops are open to all SU faculty, staff, and students and there is no charge for attending.

The next session is:

April 4, 2017, 2-3 p.m.
550 Bird Library

Survey Flow – randomizing respondents and treatments.

Please register for the session and information for joining will be emailed to you. If you have already registered to participate in person, you do not need to register again unless you want to participate via the web instead.

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Libraries and Partners to Host Annual Human Library Event

The Syracuse University Libraries will host the fourth annual Human Library event on Wednesday, April 5, from noon to 4 p.m. in Bird Library, in partnership with the Library and Information Science Student Association at the School of Information Studies, the Office of Learning Communities and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

During this event, human books from the SU community representing a wide range of cultural backgrounds, areas of expertise and life experiences will share their stories in conversation with individual “readers.” The event is intended to encourage diversity and challenge stereotypes and prejudices.

Human books—SU faculty, staff and students from a variety of campus departments and programs—will engage in one-on-one or small group conversations for 20 minutes at a time. Examples of human books include individuals from Iran, Kazakhstan, Italy and China; a member of the Onondaga Nation; and a first generation Portuguese-American. Other books will discuss topics such mental illness, physical disabilities and navigating one’s personal identity in light of socio-political events.

The event is open to the campus community and no preregistration is required. However, participants can reserve a book in advance for a specific time, if desired, by completing the form on this page:

SU’s event is part of a regional Human Library program taking place during April, the month in which National Library Week is celebrated, supported by the Central NY Library Resources Council. The first Human Library program was held in 2000 in Copenhagen, Denmark (see Since then, similar events have been organized in libraries, schools and other institutions around the world.

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The Engineering History of the Erie Canal: lecture by Dr. Sam Clemence on March 28, 2017

Dr. Samuel P. Clemence, interim dean of Hendricks Chapel and professor emeritus in the College of Engineering and Computer Science, will give a talk entitled “The Engineering History of the Erie Canal” on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 5 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons in Bird Library.

Famous in song and story, the Erie Canal linked the waters of Lake Erie in the west to the Hudson River in the east. The canal’s engineering achievements are one of the great stories of American technology. Following the canal’s opening in 1825, upstate New York became the equivalent of our modern day “Silicon Valley”. Its impact was extraordinary, both on the state of New York and the entire United States. It has been called the Mother of Cities, Pathway to an Empire, and the Eighth Wonder of the World. Dr. Clemence’s multi-media presentation will include songs, video, and animations that describe the planning, construction, and completion of the canal.

The Library Associates of the Syracuse University Libraries are pleased to present this unique lecture and reception in Bird Library, which is free and open to the public.

Dr. Clemence joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Syracuse University in 1977 as an associate professor. His previous academic service was at the University of Missouri-Rolla from 1973-1977. Prior to entering academics, he was employed by several consulting engineering firms and served six years as a Naval Officer in the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps. He supervised engineering and construction projects in Vietnam, Thailand, the South Pacific, Spain, and the United States.

Dr. Clemence is a fellow in the American Society of Civil Engineers, a member of Chi Epsilon and Sigma Xi, and was elected to Tau Beta Pi as an Eminent Engineer in 1977. He is the editor of three books and author or co-author of over sixty technical publications. He served as senior associate dean of the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science from 1991-1996. Dr. Clemence received a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1973.

New resources recently added to Libraries’ collections

New ebooks offered by the Libraries include:

Also, the Libraries now offer online access to the journal Academy of Management Discoveries.

For additional information on accessing these resources, please use the Ask Us! page or contact your subject librarian. To suggest a new resource to the Libraries, use the Suggest a Title form.

Syracuse’s InVenture prize winner, Kate Beckman of Fresh U, advances to ACC finals

Kate Beckman, founder of Fresh U, will represent Syracuse University at the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) InVenture Prize Competition on March 30-31 at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

The ACC is comprised of 15 member universities that compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)’s Division I. The ACC InVenture Prize brings that spirited collegiate competition to the “turf” of ideas, pitting the best innovators and entrepreneurs from each campus against each other, Shark Tank-style, before a live audience and panel of expert judges.  The first-place team will be awarded $15,000 to continue development of their invention or product. The second-place team will receive $10,000, and $5,000 will be awarded to the fans’ favorite invention, as determined by online and text voting during the televised final round.

Fresh U will compete in a preliminary round on March 30 in Atlanta, facing off against teams from Boston College, Clemson University, Duke University, Florida State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, North Carolina State, University of Notre Dame, University of Louisville, University of Miami, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, University of Pittsburgh, University of Virginia, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, and Wake Forest University. The winners of that round will participate in the finals on March 31, which will be broadcast on PBS Television and streamed online.

“This competition was an invaluable opportunity for our students to stretch their entrepreneurial skills while competing for the chance to showcase their great ideas at the national level,” says Vice Chancellor and Provost Michele Wheatly. “Congratulations to the winning team of Fresh U, who I know will represent Syracuse proudly and well at the finals. And congratulations to all the students who participated. Their innovative ideas and creative vision made for a very exciting competition.”

The Fresh U team is led by Kate Beckman, a senior at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Fresh U is a national online publication geared toward college freshmen. Since launching in June 2015, Fresh U has grown to a staff of 300 contributing writers on over 100 campuses and has a media partnership with Teen Vogue. The publication’s content ranges from the new experiences of college life to surfacing local news stories on college campuses using its network of contributing writers. The publication offers brands the opportunity to reach a group of newly minted, Gen-Z consumers who are making hundreds of purchasing decisions as they prepare for college life. Founder Kate Beckman is supported by a team that includes Matt Gehring, Mia Cole, Katie Czerwinski, Amanda Morrison, Sabrina Sooknanan, and advisors Sean Branagan and Melissa Chessher.

“I’m so excited to represent Syracuse while pitching my startup on a national stage. The ACC competition is a great opportunity to meet student founders from other schools, while also gaining real-life experience pitching my company. I think it will be a challenging and rewarding opportunity,” said Kate Beckman, founder of Fresh U.

Beckman represented Syracuse University last March at Student Startup Madness at SXSW. She is an accomplished public speaker on content development and marketing trends related to Gen Z, and has been invited back to Austin this March to participate in a national panel at a pre-SXSW event.

The InVenture Prize attracted 21 teams for the Syracuse University qualifier, with novel ideas for products, services and technologies. Seven semi-finalist teams were selected to pitch in a juried round: Comfortwear, Fresh U, IIID, ModoScript, Ravel, Savofair, and SORB.  A panel of cross-campus judges then selected two finalists, Beckman and Fresh U, and Jack Phillips, founder of IIID, for an “audience choice” face-off. In an exciting final pitch round, a live audience selected Beckman in a close vote that added to the spirit of the competition.

IIID, founded by fifth-year architecture student Jack Phillips, creates 3D printed architectural applications using shale and clay powder for historic replication and preservation projects. The 3D printing process brings detail, precision and affordability to the construction and building materials industry, especially for the restoration of architecturally significant buildings with ornate elements that can typically only be reproduced by skilled artisans using hand tooling.  Phillips has achieved proof of concept, is working on his patent strategy, and collaborating with preservation architects, engineers and historic preservation organizations.

“I’m delighted that the Blackstone LaunchPad at SU Libraries was able to coordinate this campus-wide competition and help to prepare the competitors” said David Seaman, Dean of Libraries and University Librarian, “and impressed by the very strong slate of student entrepreneurial endeavors who entered from Syracuse University.”