Image of Research 2015

The 2015 Image of Research Competition for graduate and undergraduate students has officially come to an end. With over 100 combined entries, this year offered an array of fascinating images representing graduate and undergraduate multidisciplinary research projects and interests at Illinois. This competition creates an opportunity for researchers to create a visual representation of their research and explore and share their research in a new way. The visual impact of these images allows all involved to reflect on the all too often hidden inherent beauty in all research.

Semi-finalists and winners from the graduate competition were honored at a ceremony during Graduate Student Appreciate Week on April 8th, and all undergraduate entries and winners were honored during the Undergraduate Research Symposium last week.

You can browse the winners and all of the Image of Research Competition entries from the competition this year as well as last year in the Omeka Image of Research Exhibit.

Event: Scholarly Commons Digital Humanities Lunch Forum: “Getting Going: DIY GIS in Scholarship and the Classroom”

Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Time:  11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Place:  308 Library

Join us in the Scholarly Commons on Wednesday, April 22nd at 11:30 for a Digital Humanities Lunch Forum session with John Randolph, professor in the Department of History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. John Randolph will describe his efforts to use spatial analysis techniques, as a non-GIS specialist, in the study and teaching of Russian history.

– Light refreshments will be provided and attendees are welcome to bring their lunches.

Hosted by the Scholarly Commons, University Library, with thanks to a generous gift from the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Questions? Contact Harriett Green at

Event: “Beyond PowerPoint: Teaching with Technology”


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Interested in bringing technology into your classroom, but not sure how?

The University of Illinois College Teaching Effectiveness Network (CTEN) is having an interactive workshop event on Friday, April 10th from 12:00-1:30pm in ACES Library (Heritage Room).

Speakers include:
Jamie Nelson – CITES Specialist
Dr. Robert Baird – Associate Director at CITES
Harriett Green – English & Digital Humanities Librarian
Dr. Florencia Henshaw – Director of Advanced Spanish
Dr. Norma Scagnoli – Director of eLearning College of Business

Graduate Image of Research 2015 Semi-Finalists

Announcing the 2015 Graduate Image of Research Semi-Finalists!

Aadeel Akhtar (Neuroscience), Bionic
Maksym Bobrovskyy (Microbiology), Behind the Scenes
Christina Bronson-Lowe (Speech and Hearing Science), A Rather Good T-Shirt
Laura Chatham (Crop Sciences), Beauty in the Beast
Megan Diddie (Art and Design), Pollinate/Pollute
Mai-Ly Dinh (Communication), Paper Citation Network Visualization of Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication (JCMC)
Lauren Fields (Animal Biology), Suspended Ice
Kiran Girdhar (Center of Biophysics and Computational Biology), Fish Swim Space
Katherine Godwin (History), The Fragility of History
Joshua Micah Grolman (Materials Science and Engineering) Cellular Remodeling of Hydrogel Networks
Paul Hamilton (Cell and Developmental Biology), Gazing into the Cornea, Our Window to the World
Mingxi Han (Biochemistry), Battle of Hope
Robin Holland (Microbiology), Discover What’s Inside
Erik Huemiller (Physics), Condensing Beauty on the way to Ultra low Temperatures
Fredrick Larabbee (Entomology), Biting Machines
Dongryul Lee (Music Composition), Sculpting in Time
Fangqiong Ling (Civil and Environmental Engineering), A flame from water
Shufeng Ma (Educational Psychology), Close Friends Think Alike
Nidia Maradiaga (Veterinary Clinical Medicine), Hidden Organ
Angie Pittman (Dance and Choreography), -ness
Nicholas Reitz (Food Science and Human Nutrition), The Hidden Universe in Glucose
Kathryn Rougeau (Kinesiology), Into the Fire
Jina Seo (Metals), Corporeal Objects
Melinda Sindoro (Chemistry), Let there be light
Richard Travers (Biochemistry), Imaging the elixir of life

Please join us for the 2015 Graduate Image of Research reception on April 8th from 4-6pm in Room 106 in the Illini Union. Come browse through the semi-finalists’ images and cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award, presented at the end of the reception.

Fair Use and Music

Thinking back to Fair Use Week, it might be interesting to discuss how fair use applies to something that most people enjoy—music. Music can be pretty tricky when it comes to copyright law because there are layers and divisions of rights.

First, it’s important to cover some of the basics regarding music and copyright. For example, in a popular song, both the author of the musical work and the author of the lyrics written to accompany it can have joint ownership of the copyrighted work. While either individual can grant someone else the rights to use the song, exclusive rights (the right to reproduce, distribute, create a derivative, or publicly perform or display a work) can only be given with the consent of both copyright holders. A sound recording of this same popular song has an additional division of rights. This division exists between the underlying musical work that is recorded (the popular song) and the sound recording itself.

If the recording is of an orphan work, then the problem gets even trickier because this means that either one or both of the copyright holders are unknown. This is unfortunately the case for many historic sound recordings. In regard to sound recordings and public domain (works not subject to copyright), this might be confusing—anything recorded before 1972 is under state copyright law until February 15, 2067. This essentially means that no sound recordings will enter the public domain until the year 2067. Although all of these layers are important to keep in mind, this tricky situation becomes much simpler if the use of the music is considered to be fair use.

When considering the fair use of music materials, it’s important to remember that context is critical. Despite popular belief, there is no set amount of music that is guaranteed to be considered fair use (not even two bars of a musical work or 10 seconds of a sound recording). For a use to be considered fair use then it must be transformative with value added to the work. The amount used must also be appropriate to fulfill the transformative use. This appropriate amount of copyrighted music used must play a key role in adding value to the new work being created.

This is exactly why Gregg Gillis, also known as Girl Talk, and several other artists like him have not been sued for sampling other artists’ music. Due to decisions in cases such as the 1991 Grand Upright Music, Ltd. v. Warner Bros. Records Inc. and the 2005 Bridgeport Music, Inc. v. Dimension Films, it has become common practice to seek permission and pay to use a sample in order to avoid copyright infringement. This process is expensive and takes time, and only the larger records companies can afford to spend their time and money this way. These artists and smaller record labels continue to sample music under the argument that the use falls under fair use. Whether or not sampling is legally considered to be fair use has yet to be tested in court since neither the 1991 nor 2005 cases utilized fair use as their defense. It may continue to stay out of court though, considering that if a court were to rule in favor of artists who sample under fair use, there would no longer be any reason to pay for the permission to sample.

Also, check out the many music copyright resources in the library catalog!

Special thanks to Kate Lambaria for this guest post!

The Image of Research – UR Edition

Submissions for The Image of Research Competition – Undergraduate Edition are now being accepted! The Image of Research Competition – Undergraduate Edition, is a multidisciplinary competition celebrating the diversity and breadth of undergraduate student research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Who Can Submit?: The competition is open to all undergraduate students. Entries must be submitted by students who are enrolled in the Spring 2015 term and in good academic standing. Students may submit individually, or as a collaborative group. Each person (or research group) may only submit one entry, each submission should include a faculty sponsor, and students are responsible for submitting their own work.

Requirements and Deadlines for Submission:
– The image submitted should represent your research either concretely or abstractly. You will also be submitting a narrative that articulates the connection between the image and your research.

The submission will be judged on:

  • Connection between image, text, and research
  • Originality
  • Visual Impact

Other Requirements:

  • A title of less than 250 characters
  • A 100-200 word description
  • Images should be the best quality images you can find. We highly recommend a maximum file size of 100MB and a minimum resolution of 300ppi.
  • These images are generally printed at approximately 40 x 28 inches with the abstract included, so be mindful of the size of your image. We recommend that your image measure at least 10 inches on the shortest side.

An important note: Entrants must be principle creator(s) of the image. Third part content can be used, but submitting a third party image unaltered is not permitted. Entrants are responsible for ensuring that any use of images or material that are under copyright by a third party either falls under fair use or that relevant permissions have been sought, that no copyright has been infringed, and that any necessary release forms have been signed.

Submissions will be accepted from February 20 – Sunday, April 5, 2015 12pm CST

– First prize = $300
– Second prize = $200
– And up to two honorable mentions = $50 each
Awards will be presented at the Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 23rd, 2015 at the Illini Union. All images will be professionally printed and displayed at the Undergraduate Research Symposium, and all images will be included in an online exhibit hosted by the University Library.

Questions?: Check out the FAQ section on The Image of Research – UG Edition webpage, drop by the Scholarly Commons (Room 306, Main Library) during open hours, or send us an email at

Submit your entries by using this form:

Fair Use Week 2015: Celebrating the “Safety Valve” of U.S. Copyright Law

Here at the Scholarly Commons we care about copyright and related issues, and we do our best to ensure that students, faculty, and staff at the University of Illinois understand how copyright relates to their day-to-day work. Today marks the beginning of Fair Use Week (February 23-27, 2015), and we hope you’ll take advantage of our resources to understand this important exception to U.S. Copyright Law. A list of copyright-related guides from the library can be found at the end of this post.

Copyright is given a specific purpose in the United States Constitution: “To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts.” Fair use is one of a set of exceptions built into U.S. copyright law meant to ensure that copyright does not become so restrictive as to prevent you from using protected works in ways central to this purpose. (Some other countries have a similar concept called “fair dealing.”) It’s what might allow an artist to create some parodies of other works, enable a scholar to include reasonable portions of another work in an article or book if for an appropriate purpose, or a search engine to produce thumbnail images of photographs from search results.

Words above like “might,” “some,” “reasonable,” and “appropriate” suggest why some people hesitate to make fair use decisions, even when there may be a clear fair use case protecting their actions. Fair use is governed by four factors: the purpose of the use, the nature of the work being used, the amount and substance of the work being used, and the effect on the market for the original work or its value. These factors have to be considered together, on a case-by-case basis. While previous case law can provide guidance, there are no hard rules about what you can or cannot do. For example, some people think all educational uses are fair use. While educational purposes do help under the “purpose” criteria, they are not decisive. On the other hand, some people worry that any negative impact on the market or value of the work rules out fair use. This would probably hurt your fair use case, but it again wouldn’t be decisive. Some of the most well-known fair use cases are well-documented, and they reveal how the final decision for or against fair use can be shaped by specific situations.

Luckily many everyday fair use decisions are pretty straightforward. A student or scholar may have to work out the details on how to appropriately cite another essay for intellectual integrity purposes, but except in extreme cases they don’t worry about needing permission from the copyright holder to quote in the first place. A good thing to do if you are worried whether a use may or may not be fair use is to fill out a “Fair Use Checklist” and then consider whether the overall balance of factors favor your situation. Some scholarly and professional organizations have also released guides to best practices on fair use that you may find helpful: a new example is the College Art Association’s “Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts.” You can also contact us at the Scholarly Commons with copyright-related questions of all types if you need further assistance. We can’t give you legal advice, but we can point to appropriate resources and ask questions that may help you work out a decision for yourself, whatever that may be.

This week, you can also learn more about fair use from many sources online. Search for the #fairuseweek2015 hashtag on social media sites, or follow @fairuseweek on Twitter. On Tumblr, Fair Use Week 2015 is highlighting fair use success stories to inspire us all. We’ll also be participating through the Scholarly Commons Twitter feed: follow us for fair use related tweets in addition to updates on our wide array of resources to assist your teaching and scholarship.

Copyright Resources from the Scholarly Commons and Other Library Units

Special thanks to Dan Tracy for this guest post.

Dan Cohen Talk: “What can you do with the Digital Public Library of America?”

Dan_CohenThe Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is close to two years old, and contains millions of books, manuscripts, photographs, maps, works of art, and audiovisual material, all of it freely available from over a thousand partner libraries, archives, and museums. DPLA executive director Dan Cohen will be giving a talk that explores how you can make discoveries in the massive collection using DPLA’s innovative search tools, such as its map interface. In addition, he will provide a deeper look at the data underlying modern libraries and how this data can enable transformative uses of our shared cultural heritage.

Date: February 24, 2015
Time: 4:00pm
Location: 126 Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS)
501 E. Daniel St., Champaign

About the Speaker:
Dan Cohen is the founding Executive Director of the Digital Public Library of America. Until 2013, Cohen was a Professor of History in the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University and the Director of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. His personal research has been in digital humanities, broadly constructed: the impact of new media and technology on all aspects of knowledge, from the nature of digitized resources to twenty-first century research techniques and software tools to the changing landscape of communication and publication. At the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media he oversaw projects ranging from PressForward to the September 11 Digital Archive to the popular Zotero research tool. He received his bachelor’s degree from Princeton, a master’s from Harvard, and his doctorate from Yale.

Cohen is the inaugural recipient of the American Council of Learned Societies’ Digital Innovation Fellowship. In 2011, he received the Frederick G. Kilgour Award from the American Library Association for his work in digital humanities. In 2012, he was named one of the top “tech innovators” in academia by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

He is the co-author of Digital History: A Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting the Past on the Web (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005), author of Equations from God: Pure Mathematics and Victorian Faith (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007), and co-editor of Hacking the Academy (University of Michigan Press, 2012). He has published articles and book chapters on new media, the history of mathematics and religion, the teaching of history, scholarly communication, and the future of the humanities in a digital age in esteemed journals and his work has been featured frequently in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Times Higher Education.

This event is free and open to the public.

The Refugee Project: An Outreach and Digital Humanities Student-Faculty Initiative at Hamilton College

Digital Humanities projects can take on many forms and involve many people with different skill sets and perspectives to contribute. The multilayered quality of these projects is what makes them rich and compelling for a wide range of individuals with multiple interests, hobbies, and areas of expertise.

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures is sponsoring an event that brings awareness to a digital humanities project that combines collaborative pedagogy and outreach to a refugee community in Utica, New York.

Professor John Bartle, a specialist on Dostoevsky and Book Review Editor for Slavic and East European Journal, will be speaking about the Refugee Project and his involved collaboration between Hamilton College faculty and students, colleagues from Utica College and Mohawk Valley Community College, as well as refugee communities and organizations serving them. The Refugee Project received funding from a Mellon grant through the Digital Humanities Initiative at Hamilton.

The presentation will also include comments on the faculty-student collaboration on interviewing and film-making involved in the project, as well as the screening of two short films, Geneese Lights (about the Bosnian refugee community in Utica) and The Newcomers (featuring Karen refugees from Southeast Asia and other recent arrivals).

When: Monday, February 16th, 4pm

Where: Lincoln Hall, Room 1092
702 South Wright Street, Urbana, Illinois


Event Cosponsored by: Office of Public Engagement, Institute for Computing in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (I-CHASS), and Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC)

ATLAS Workshops

This semester, ATLAS is conducting several short evening courses to show participants how to use statistical, GIS (geographic information systems), and qualitative software, as well as social science data. Statistical & GIS workshops are available to all University of Illinois faculty, instructors, staff, and students.

The Spring 2015 Workshop Schedule
02/24/2015 – ATLAS.ti 1: Introduction – Qualitative Coding
03/03/2015 – ATLAS.ti 2: Data Exploration and Analysis

02/11/2015 – ArcGIS 1: Introduction to ArcCatalog and ArcMap
02/18/2015 – ArcGIS 2: Introduction to ArcToolbox

02/25/2015 – SPSS 1: Getting Started with SPSS
03/04/2015 – SPSS 2: Inferential Statistics with SPSS

03/11/2015 – Stata 1: Getting Started with Stata
03/18/2015 – Stata 2: Inferential Statistics with Stata

03/10/2015 – SAS 1: Getting Started with SAS
03/17/2015 – SAS 2: Inferential Statistics with SAS

02/10/2015 – R 1: Getting Started with R
02/17/2015 – R 2: Inferential Statistics
04/01/2015 – R 3: R Studio

03/31/2015 – Questionnaire Design

Registration Details: