Natural and Applied Sciences


Pop-Up Classes

Spring 2018 Pop-Up Class Series

Following is a preliminary list of this semester's pop-up classes, open to the Loyola and Notre Dame communities.  More information, dates, times and registration links will be posted as soon as they are available.  If you have any questions, ideas for potential pop-up classes or would like to teach a future class, contact Matthew Treskon at

Adobe Lightroom

Monday, February 12, 2018, 5 - 7 pm
Instructor: Jay Dunmore

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Adobe Lightroom is a powerful software tool that enables effective photo and video file management and photo manipulation. Herbert Jay Dunmore, TV Studio Manager and Adobe Education Leader, will explain key concepts and strategies in a way that allows you to grasp ideas and process them into valuable best practices. At the end of this class, participants will be able to identify file types, develop a photo catalog and process images for online cloud storage.

Using Microsoft Apps to Increase Productivity and Collaboration

Thursday, March 1, 2018, 2 - 4 pm
Instructor: Ryan Burton

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In this class, Ryan Burton will introduce several Microsoft Web Apps, which are available to all Microsoft Office365 users.  This demonstration will teach you how to use Sway, Teams, OneNote and more. Ryan will also discuss how users can get the most from the website, a training resource available to entire Loyola University Maryland community.

Understanding Environmental Injustice in Baltimore through GIS

Thursday, March 1, 2018,  5 - 7 pm
Instructor: Robert Neff

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Environmental Justice (EJ) is the notion that no community should bear the burden of environmental hazards or enjoy the benefits of environmental amenities disproportionately more than any other community. It is the case that throughout the US, poorer minority communities are disproportionately burdened with the negative impacts of toxic and constituent pollutants than more affluent white communities. The story in Baltimore is more complex; whether or not a community is an EJ community depends in part in how environmental hazards and benefits are defined. Students will calculate EJ metrics for the city using different hazards and amenities. Students will leave this pop-up course having completed a spatial analysis and created their own maps to display the results. These activities are designed to give students a greater appreciation for the analytical power of GIS and the potential to develop valuable and marketable skills through future course work.

Library Technology: What Can It Do For You?

Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 5 - 7 pm
Instructors: Youlanda Halterman and Cat Staley

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Explore the various technologies available at the library as staff discuss and demonstrate their innovative uses. Get inspired by instructional implementations, collaborative and cross-departmental learning opportunities, and extracurricular creative projects. Join us to learn about the One Button Studio, 3D Printers, Equil SmartMarker and more!

Introduction to Soldering

Tuesday, April 3, 2018, 5 - 7 pm
Instructor: Yanko Kranov

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Introduction to the science and technology of soldering.


Soldering Circuits

Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 5 - 7 pm
Instructor: Suzanne Keilson

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Have you ever been curious about all those things in the guts of your electronics? Learn more about printed circuit boards and electronic components while making your very own take-home soldering project. Amaze your friends and family with “blinking dice”. Come away with more confidence about what is behind our electronic world.


Virtual Reality

Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 5 - 7 pm
Instructor: Louis Chad Smith 

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Virtual reality technology provides us with the unique ability to travel to places we would not otherwise be able to reach and to experience events we would not otherwise be able to experience. The Space Telescope Science Institute’s Office of Public Outreach has leveraged virtual reality technology to take you on a journey across the Solar System to get up close and personal with NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope. Come witness the immense scale of Webb, learn about its engineering feats, or even take a journey into the heart of a protoplanetary disk – just one of the many science themes that Webb will be exploring.

TEI Editing

Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 5 - 7 pm
Instructor: Jeff Witt 

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Interested in learning about best practices for preparing a text for research and publication in the digital age? Come to this pop up class to learn about the Textual Encoding Initiative (TEI), a text encoding standard developed by humanists for humanists. Not sure what text encoding is? Perfect, come learn about what it means to work with a text as data. Preparing a text as machine-actionable data will you allow you to display your text in a variety of forms, in print and online, and further allow you to explore and analyze your text in new ways. This pop class will include an introduction to the basics of TEI and then some hands-on work showing you how to encode your text and then display it.