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Notes for In-Progress Projects April 12, 2016

The new ACT Team process includes in-progress project presentations. These presentations are meant to inform the community about how things are going, what has been done and what still needs to be done, what is going well and what are the challenges.


In this meeting we will have two presentations:

In-progress project presentations are open meetings, anyone may attend.


Albert Kim and David Guertin

  • http://rstudio.middlebury.edu
  • David creates accounts for faculty and students.
  • In the desktop version, each student needs to install multiple packages; with RStudio Server, a faculty or an admin installs all packages in one location and students don’t need to.
  • R Markdown: combines text, R code, graphics are embedded in one document. Standardized and easier to grade.
  • Some upper-level courses require students to download the desktop version of RStudio, it is important for them to understand this environment. The server version is most useful for entry-level courses and limited use within a course as it reduces the time needed to set up the software.
  • VPN may be necessary for MIIS to access RStudio, this should not be the case. David will work with Chris to see why this may be happening.
  • To go live, we would need to set up with Active Directory. Do we want people to add RStudio via the Course Hub using a self-service model, or do we them to contact AT? David and Joe will communicate about this.
  • Shiny Server Pro: create interactive apps and graphics without needing any tech knowledge. Graphics are interactive, changing the variables changes the graphic display in real time.
  • You can host apps on free shinyapps.io or you can install Shiny Server Pro and serve on your own servers. Free for academic institutions with proof of syllabus. The Middlebury-hosted service is much more responsive.
  • We would like to share these services with other faculty. Albert and Bill will communicate and set up a demonstration, possibly through CTLR programming.


Academic Cyberinfrastructure Inventory


  • The Project Team is learning a lot about our environment through working on this project.
  • Q: Why does the inventory include services like Facebook, Twitter, Scrivener, etc.?
    • We know these services are being used for academic work.
    • For comparison with similar services.
    • To track the continuum of moving from service to service over time.
  • A viewable/usable version of the inventory should include a filter for Middlebury-supported services.
  • Once the Project Team has completed the categorization phase, the project will be shepherded by the ACTT working with ITS to deploy the information in a web-accessible format. It will include search functions for faculty, staff and students, with some protected information behind authentication for staff that need to track dependencies, for instance.

The Week’s Headlines

Here are the week’s headlines from the News Room:

Revisiting the AIDS Quilt, Three Decades On

Google Ventures Exec Gives Opening Talk for ‘Envisioning Middlebury’

New Issue of New England Review Includes Essays on Wallace Stevens

College, Town Discuss New Park Plans

The Geologic History of Mars

Middlebury Mourns the Passing of Frederic Allen

Jay Parini Reads from His New Book of Poetry on Vermont Public Television’s “Poets and Their Craft”

Middlebury Institute Hosts High-Level U.S.-Russian Workshop on Korea

Professor Pundits: The Momentum Myth

A Spring Break Trip for Social Change

View past stories by visiting the News Room page.


HR Update: This Week’s Employment Snapshot

There are currently 2 faculty positions, 47 external job postings (regular, on-call and temporary), and 4 internal job postings on the Middlebury employment opportunities web sites.

Employment Quick Links:

Faculty Employment Opportunities: http://www.middlebury.edu/academics/administration/prospective_faculty/employment

Staff Employment Opportunities: go/staff-jobs (on campus), http://go.middlebury.edu/staff-jobs (off campus)

Please note – to view only internal staff postings, please use the internal posting search filter that was highlighted in this MiddPoints article.

On-call/Temporary Staff Employment Opportunities: go/staff-jobs-sh (on campus), http://go.middlebury.edu/staff-jobs-sh (off campus)

William Hart receives grant from the Friends of the Princeton University Library

William Hart (History) has received a one month library research grant from the Friends of the Princeton University Library to support research in Princeton’s Rare Books collection during the coming year. This grant will help support his 2016-17 academic leave when he will be working on a book project titled, I Am a Man: Martin Freeman and the Cant of Colonization. Hart’s project uses the life of Martin Freeman (Middlebury College, Class of 1849)–the third African American to enroll at Middlebury College, who served as teacher and president of Liberia College between 1864 and his death in 1889–as a window onto the nineteenth-century project of racial removal. To more fully understand Freeman’s desire to emigrate and to explain his struggles in Liberia, Hart will consult a number of primary-source tracts that argue acutely for relocating free African Americans abroad; that explain to American readers the critical work of the American Colonization Society in “saving” African Americans and continental Africa from herself; and that address how to deal with the cultural, political, and financial difficulties faced by colonizationists in Liberia.

Youth Soccer Clinic

The Women’s Soccer Team will host a clinic for youth players, ages 6-14 on Friday, April 15th.  The clinic will be run by current MWS players, focusing on fundamental skills and fun games.  The event will cost $20, with proceeds going toward the team’s trip to France and Italy later this spring.

When: Friday, 4/15 from 4pm-6pm (check-in between 3:30 and 4pm)

Where: Men’s Turf Soccer Field, Middlebury College

Registration: Register online at www.middleburysoccercamp.com. You may pay online, or bring a check or cash to check-in

Questions: Feel free to call 443.5410, or email ptkim@middlebury.edu with any questions

The 25 Year Club of 2016

Congratulations to the 25 Year Club inductees!

Sandra Carletti, Italian Department

Kyoko Davis, Japanese Studies

Ronald Dragon, Dining Services

Mark Evancho, Theatre Department

Anne Klinck Randlett, Parton Center for Health and Wellness

Ricky Rheaume, Facilities Services

Monique Skowronek, Controller’s Office

Allison Stanger, Political Science Department

Julie Tumminia-Tomsuden, Information Technology Services

Stay tuned for future articles recognizing these individuals for 25 years of service to Middlebury.

Golf Course News!

After 18 years as Director of Golf Operations, Jim Dayton will be retiring on May 6. Please join us for a reception in Jim’s honor on Friday, April 29 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Kirk Alumni Center at the Ralph Myhre Golf Course.  We hope you can join us in wishing Jim well as he moves into retirement.

You will still see the same friendly and helpful staff at the Golf Course. Derrick Cram will assume the role of Business Manager, Chris Daly will expand his role as Head Golf Professional, and Jake Wilkinson will assume the role of Grounds Crew Chief.   The College is pleased to have this team of professionals operating the course.   The Golf Course has a new tee time point of sale system that will streamline the process for arranging a tee time and picking up your golf clothing, supplies, and equipment.

Keep watch for word on some exciting changes to the food and beverage service at the Golf Course.

Hope to see you on the Golf Course soon!