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Friday, April 15, 2016

Get To Know LATIS’s Alicia Hofelich Mohr

Name: Alicia Hofelich Mohr, Ph.D.

Where did you go to college?
Ph.D., Psychology (Cognition & Cognitive Neuroscience focus), University of Michigan
M.A., Statistics, University of Michigan
B.A., Psychology (minors in Biochemistry, Neuroscience), Hope College

When did you start working at UMN? June 2013

What is your current job title and what do you do? Research Data Manager, LATIS, College of Liberal Arts. I help people take better care of their research data.

What brought you to your current job? Throughout all of my experiences and various interests, I always had a deep love of the research process - collecting, analyzing, and thinking about data - above and beyond the content I studied. Even when I was teaching, the most exciting moments for me were when I got to cover or help students with research. When I saw the opportunity to think about data management and analysis full time (even though I had never been to Minnesota), I jumped on it.

What is your favorite aspect of your job? I love working with researchers and learning about their studies - there is so much wonderful work happening in this college. It’s exciting to get to think about different questions, methods, and data everyday.

What was your worst or most unusual job?I worked at a grocery store deli counter one summer during college. The meat slicing and potato salad scooping was ok, but the worst part was having to clean the deep fryer after a day of making fried chicken. I also came home covered in and smelling like meat.

People may be surprised to know: I used to play flute semi-professionally. I’ve played for weddings, in paid professional groups, in churches, and in several orchestras and bands in the Ann Arbor area. I was principal flutist of the Michigan Honors Orchestra my senior year of high school, and briefly considered pursuing music as a career.

Reproducible Research in R

Wednesday, April 27
2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Bruininks Hall 144

Alicia Hofelich Mohr, Ph.D., Research Data Manager, LATIS
Alison Link, Educational Technologies Consultant, LATIS
David Olsen, System Engineer, LATIS

R is a powerful tool for statistical analysis and reproducible research. This workshop explores strategies for creating reproducible code using R, including how to use versioning tools in RStudio and how to integrate analysis with interpretation using R Markdown. Prior experience using R is helpful.

Goals of the workshop - participants will:
-  Learn best practices for doing reproducible research with R
-  Set up an RStudio project using Git and Packrat for version control and portability
-  Create a reproducible R Markdown report from an R script

- Bring a computer on which you have rights to install R packages
- Install RStudio before the workshop: https://www.rstudio.com/products/rstudio/#Desktop
- Install Git version control software before the workshop: https://git-scm.com/downloads

This is the third in a series of five Methods and Tools for Reproducible Research Workshops developed by LATIS and held February-June 2016. Interested parties can sign up for single or multiple workshops. A PDF of all workshop topics, dates, locations, and times is attached to this email. All faculty and graduate students are encouraged to attend. Please share as appropriate.