ISSR Methodology Workshop | Introduction to SPSS: Data Management, Descriptive Statistics and T-tests

Monday, February 25, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
E20 Machmer Hall | UMass Amherst
With its user-friendly interface, SPSS has been a popular statistical software in social sciences. Designed for individuals with minimal experience with SPSS and those who need refresher to it, the workshop will introduce participants to manage data and to perform the basic descriptive and inferential statistical techniques using the software.

ISSR Methodology Workshop | Stata for Beginners

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
In this two hour workshop, you will become familiar with a widely used software to manage data and run statistical tests. You will learn basic skills to open a dataset, find trends in your data, and obtain descriptive statistics. You will also learn how to obtain help to use Stata on your own after the workshop. No prior experience with Stata is expected.

ISSR Methodology Workshop | How to Do Network Analysis

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 12:30pm to 2:15pm
E20 Machmer Hall | UMass Amherst
In this workshop we will review the basic components of network analysis, and learn how to ‘do’ network analysis through a series of simple easy-to-understand examples. This will cover the specialized language that network analysis uses, how measurements work, and how data is structured for network analysis. This workshop will use the R statistical environment. No prior knowledge of R is required.

Sites Unseen: Uncovering Hidden Hazards in American Cities - a seminar with Scott Frickel (Brown University | Sociology)

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm
620 Thompson Hall | Umass Amherst
This talk with Scott Frickel (Brown University) examines the interplay of urban demography, industrialization and risk management to identify local mechanisms driving the socio-environmental change. The study is informed by spatial and historical comparison of hazardous waste site accumulation in four major U.S. cities (Minneapolis, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and Portland, OR) over five decades, from 1955 to 2008.

ISSR Seminar | The Human Milk Microbiome: a paradigm shift in infant nutrition

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm
E20 Machmer Hall | UMass Amherst
Long thought sterile unless contaminated or produced by an infected breast, human milk actually contains a unique and diverse microbiome. A game-changer in terms of understanding and optimizing infant nutrition for short- and long-term health, the human milk microbiome is probably important for early colonization of the infant’s gastrointestinal tract. n this presentation, Dr. Michelle McGuire (University of Idaho) will discuss the possible origins of the milk microbiome; factors that might drive its variability within a woman and around the globe; potential mechanisms whereby this unique microbiome might influence maternal and infant health; and gaps in research related to this topic.

Social Science & Social Location Series | How Does the History of Social Science Influence its Present?

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 1:15pm to 3:00pm
E20 Machmer Hall | UMass Amherst
Social science research has a history. But how does that history influence [affect?] the way in which social science is conducted in the present, including the questions we ask and the tools we use? How have the social structures we have inherited from the past survived within current thinking? Are social scientists fundamentally bound to, and trapped by, the history of their disciplines? This panel brings together leading scholars to offer their own perspective on these and related issues in an open forum.

Social Science & Social Location Series | Gender in the Social Science Professions: How is it informing scholarship?

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
E20 Machmer Hall | UMass Amherst
Social institutions such as gender are widely recognized within the social sciences to affect the operation of the world we study. Yet they also affect how we conduct our work as scholars, from how research is conducted, how networks of collaboration and esteem function within the profession, and many other aspects of our lives as scholars. This panel examines new research on how gender operates within the social science professions, features perspectives from a variety of different disciplines, and explores what might be done to address differences and inequities among social scientists.

ISSR Workshop | Sequence Analysis with Leonard Seabrooke, Copenhagen Business School

Friday, March 8, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
E20 Machmer Hall | UMass Amherst
Sequence analysis is a formal set of technical procedures for finding patterns in temporally ordered data. It was developed for detecting patterns within gene sequences and in the 1980s social scientists began using it address social science questions. This free workshop explains the basics of sequence analysis for social scientists.