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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Dec. 1 NSF Webinar/Town Hall on "Listening to the Future in the SBE Sciences"

An important message from NSF forwarded from Tom Janoski on SBE 2020: Future Research in the Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences [sbe-2020@nsf.gov]

Background:  NSF solicited and received 252 social science proposals about the future of research in the social sciences over the next 10 years, one of which was submitted by Tom. Please peruse the reports in your discipline and think about how we can address the future of social science research at UK.  

The message from NSF about the report and the Dec. 1 Webinar/Town Hall appears below.  

Dear Colleague:

Just a year ago, we stopped accepting SBE 2020 white papers.  The papers were released to the public in February and now we have completed a report, Rebuilding the Mosaic, which briefly describes the process, some of the themes we identified, and the programmatic implications of what we learned.  The report is available at: http://www.nsf.gov/sbe/sbe_2020/index.cfm, and we expect to host a webinar/town hall on December 1.  The login details are below.

All of your papers contributed to our thinking about the future of research in the SBE sciences, and we continue to be amazed at and grateful for your participation.  I hope that you will take a moment to read the report – all of the papers are listed in Appendix 5.  For the foreseeable future, we also expect to maintain the website (http://www.nsf.gov/sbe/sbe_2020/index.cfm), where the papers can be individually found and downloaded, since the report cannot substitute for the many ideas that you have shared with us and with the American people.

Although I have written to you before to express my appreciation, one more time, let me say:

Thank you.

Myron Gutmann

Directorate for the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences National Science Foundation Details for participating in the webcast:

Date: December 1 at 11 a.m.
Webcast Title: Rebuilding the Mosaic: Listening to the Future in the SBE Sciences

Dial-in phone number:  888-469-1936
Verbal Passcode: Mosaic

Webcast URL:  webcast@nsf.gov<mailto:webcast@nsf.gov> (will be active on Dec. 1.) Webcast username: webcast Webcast password: mosaic (case sensitive)

Topics for 2012 Summer Statistical Workshop!

Please suggest topics for the 2012 Summer Statistcal Workshop! Last May, we organized two very successful 3-day workshops on Spatial Regression Analysis by Paul Voss and Multilevel Modeling (MLM) Using Stata by Brandon Bartels, posted here. Below is a menu of possible topics and speakers. Please add your own ideas!
  • Learning about Causal Mechanisms from Experimental and Observational Studies. Kosuke Imai. See his amazing web-page. 
  • Field Experiments. 1-3 days of morning and computer lab sessions. Don Green and Alan Gerber in Political Science are completing a textbook on field experiments and Green could be induced to give a workshop. 
  • Statistical Graphs (Bill Jacoby, Political Science, MSU). Morning and afternoon sessions, 1-2 days. The focus would be on how to present statistical (e.g., regression) results in graphs instead of tables, in Stata, Excel and R when stat packages are not up to the task.
  • Matching. 
  • Handling Missing Data: Multiple Imputation. (Tenko Raykov, College of Education, MSU). 1-2 days. My preference would be to have the presenter show people how to use Gary King’s Amelia software, which is applicable to time-series and comparative settings. Then the presenter would show people how to combine the multiply imputed datasets in doing analysis in STATA (and SPSS?).

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

NSF Posts White Papers on Future Research in the Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences

Wow! NSF posted 244 separate "white paper" recommendations on how to provide "innovative research for the year 2020 and beyond that enhances fundamental knowledge and benefits society in many ways."  Here are just a few that stood out.  Send me those you find especially interesting and I'll post them too, along with ideas for QIPSR workshops for 2011-2012.

Friday, January 28, 2011

QIPSR Workshops, 2011

February 18, Friday, Grant Workshop, "An Insider's Guide to Social Science Grants"
  2:00-4:00 pm, Whitehall Classroom Building 102
     ○ PanelJanice Almasi (Education Curriculum and Instruction), Tom Janoski (Sociology), Genia Toma (Martin School), Jim Ziliak (Economics), Matthew Webster (Behavioral Science), Lawrence Gottlob (Psychology, NSF), Anna Secor (Geography)
   4:30 pm-, Faculty Club Reception, Conference & First Ladies Room

March 9, Wednesday, Methods WorkshopDaniel Hopkins (Political Scientist, Georgetown)
  3:00-5:00 pm, President's Room, Singletary Center
  Workshop on automated content analysis of digitized text. (Co-sponsored with Communications College)

March 10-11, Thursday-Friday, Conference on “Immigration Policy in an Anti-Immigrant Era”
  10:00 am-4:00 pm, Thursday, President's Room, Singletary Center
  10:00 am-1:00 pm, Friday, 230 New Student Center
1. Douglas Massey (Demographer, Sociologist), Princeton. Co-author of “Brokered Boundaries: Creating Immigrant Identity in Anti-Immigrant Times, 2010.”
2. Paul Sniderman (Political Scientist, Stanford). Research on attitudes toward immigrants and immigration in Italy, Netherlands, and (currently) Denmark. 
3. Michael Jones Correa (Political Scientist, Cornell), author of “Latino Lives in America: Making It Home.”
4. Daniel Hopkins (Political Scientist, Georgetown), author of several articles on how national trends influence local reactions to immigration policy.
(Co-sponsored with UK Center for Poverty Research.)

March 25, 3-5 pm, Friday, Software Workshop, Gatton Computer Lab
Grant Cavanaugh, "An Introduction to R Programming"
(A syllabus will be posted)

Summer Statistical Workshops
 May 17th to 19th (Tuesday to Thursday), Gatton
1Paul Voss (Sociologist, UNC, Chapel Hill, Odum Institute) will present a 3-day workshop on spatial regression analysis.  Paul introduces R, some Bayesian modeling and a simple software package, GeoDa, as well.  Morning sessions are devoted to conceptual topics, with afternoon sessions in the Gatton computer lab. (Co-sponsored with Statistics, the Tracy Farmer Institute and the Geospatial Science & Technology (GST) Group.)

May 23rd to 25th (Monday to Wednesday), Gatton
2Alan Acock (Oregon State) will present a 3-day workshop on multilevel modeling using Stata that extends to longitudinal analysis.  Alan is author of "A Gentle Introduction to Stata" (the 3rd ed. includes a section on multiple imputation).   Morning sessions are devoted to conceptual topics, with afternoon sessions in the Gatton computer lab. (Co-sponsored with UK Center for Poverty Research.)

Week of June
3. J.S. Butler (Martin School) will present a 2-day workshop on programming in Stata. (Co-sponsored with the Martin School)

Monday, November 29, 2010

News on the Applied Statistics Lab (ASL)

 A “lean” version of the ASL is up and running!  There are three faculty directors of the ASL: Arne Bathke (Director, email: arne@uky.edu), Connie Wood (Assoc. Dir. with focus on Statistics in Agricultural Research, email: cwood@email.uky.edu), and Heather Bush (Assoc. Director with focus on Statistics in Medical Research, email: heather.bush@uky.edu).  You can contact them directly (e.g., via email) to describe the statistical question or problem.  For standard questions, the problem will be referred by one of the directors to one of the (currently) four ASL graduate student research assistants under the supervision of the respective faculty director. For complex analyses the faculty directors will take a more active role directly in the analysis and, as appropriate, enlist other faculty members in the Department of Statistics and Biostatistics. In this latter approach, the hope is that the question is sufficiently novel to develop into a collaborative grant application and a sustained research collaboration. One of the consultants, Xiaofei Wang, a PhD student in Economics, will cover consulting on Stata issues. 

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Workshop Updates!

Dec. 2nd & 3rd: Research TalkJames Gimpel, Political Scientist, University of Maryland.
○ Dec. 2, Thursday: GIS workshop from 3-4:30 (1645 POT): "New Directions in the Study of Political Geography" Demonstration of GIS software (ArcGIS, GeoDa) for a general audience.
○ Dec. 3, Friday: Research Talk from 2-4 (18th Floor POT, West End Room): "Voter Migration and the Geographic Sorting of the American Electorate"

February 18, Grant Workshop, UK Panel of Grant Experts, NSF, NIH, Other. 2-4 pm, Young Auditorium
○ Reception afterward at the Faculty Club, 4:30.
○ Panel: Tom Janoski (Sociology), Genia Toma (Martin School), Jim Ziliak (Economics), Thomas Kelly (Behavioral Science), Lawrence Gottlob (Psychology, at NSF), Janice Almasi (Education Curriculum and Instruction) Anna Secor (Geography).  Panel members have served recently on reviewer panels for various funding agencies (e.g., NSF, NIH), and will give faculty and grad students advice on what elements of grant proposals add to, or subtract from a successful review of an external grant proposal.  

November 30th (Tuesday), 4-5 pm, CB 110, Andrew Gelman (Statistics, Columbia U), “Information Visualization vs. Statistical Graphics,” Skype broadcast.

Andrew Gelman, known worldwide for his work on statistical methods with social science applications will be presenting this seminar via Skype from his office at Columbia. Andrew’s lecture should be of interest to social scientists, computer scientists, and many others. Please forward this message to anyone you think might be interested. For those of you who follow Gelman’s Blog, this should be extremely useful!  Thanks to the Statistics Dept. for arranging this!