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Do you want to deepen your understanding of the statistics behind the methods you use in your research?  So do we! We invite to join our Statistics in the Social Sciences Reading Group (SSSRG). This is an interdisciplinary group of faculty, post-doctoral scholars and graduate students who gather to discuss a methodological topic based on group interest. We welcome participants from all disciplines! 
 

How do longstanding theories of social interaction hold up when communication shifts from in-person to online interaction? And how can novel research methods, applied by collaborative teams of social scientists and computer scientists to new forms of online data, help us re-imagine the mechanisms driving social life?

ICPSR data fair: data: powered by you.

We are excited to announce the 2018 ICPSR Data Fair, "Data: Powered by You." This conference on October 1—5, 2018 is virtual, free and open to the public. We will explore topics such as data transparency, data activism, sharing data, and more. The Data Fair will feature over 20 webinars hosted by expert presenters and ICPSR's very own Official and Designated Representatives. 

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Do you use census data?  Now is your opportunity to ensure continued access to the data products that are important for your work.The American Sociological Association urges you to submit your comment on proposed changes to the U.S. Census Bureau data products. The period for submitting comments to the Federal Register ends September 17. See the ASA call for input for details to register your voice.

Mathematica is available at University of Massachusetts at Amherst, so Wolfram is holding a free training for students to get up to speed with the software. Faculty love this training because students can complete it outside of class, freeing up class time that would normally be spent introducing Mathematica. If you're teaching this semester, please add this invitation to the list of resources on your course page (or even check it out for yourself)!

On Friday, October 20, a crowded house of social scientists, computer scientists, and planners gathered in the new ISSR lab to discuss insights emerging from a National Science Foundation funded project on the social sciences and big data. Leading the dialogue were the project’s principal investigators, who have each been program directors at the National Science Foundation: Susan Sterett, Director of the School of Public Policy and Professor of Political Science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and Kelly Joyce, Director of the Science, Technology & Society Center and Professor of Sociology at Drexel University.

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Members of the UMass community now have easy access to a new stream of data for their research projects, as Gallup Analytics conducts a trial of its data portal with the library at UMass. 

Spatial Analysis Showcase

Several of the panelists who presented their research at the December 4 ISSR seminar on innovations in spatial analysis have shared their presentation slides here for further discussion and dissemination. Check out the short summary of this intriguing showcase, and follow the links to get involved!

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announce the availability of public-use files (PUF) for the questionnaire data from the first wave of the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study. The PATH Study PUF are downloadable from the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR).

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