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Orientation to Add Health: A Data Goldmine for Interdisciplinary Research
Event Date(s):
October 9, 2014 4:00 pm- 5:30 pm
| 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Campus Center, Room 917


Have you considered using a secondary dataset instead of collecting your own information but didn’t know what was available and whether it contained variables of interest?  Data collection for individual research projects can be time-consuming, expensive, and may result in sample sizes that are both too small for rigorous statistical analysis and raise issues around generalizability.  

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Imagine that you’re watching your favorite television show while your child is happily playing in the same room. If your son or daughter isn’t paying attention to the screen, can the programming still influence their development? And if they are looking and listening, can young children even understand what’s coming out of the tube?

Dr. Maureen Perry-Jenkins—professor of psychology and director of UMass Amherst’s Center for Research on Families—recently served as an invited panel member on a national webinar with experts and policy leaders discussing low-income families and work place policies. During her appearance, she described the findings of her latest research study and lent her support to the Schedules That Work Act, a new piece of legislation proposed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).

Chantal Newkirk, a 2014 UMass Amherst sociology graduate, used her 2013-2014 Undergraduate Research Assistantship from CRF to work with sociology professor Michelle Budig on a project examining how specific work-family policies and gendered cultural differences shape women's employment decisions.