Conferences and Community Events

Web Scraping for Text Analysis in R

Date: 
Tue, 2014-05-27 10:00 to Wed, 2014-05-28 17:00
Location: 
UMass Amherst, W37E Machmer

Social science researchers are often interested in retrieving data from the internet. Often, this can be accomplished using so-called "web-scraping" techniques. This course introduces the statistical programming language R, then demonstrates techniques for web scraping using R. Finally, tools for analyzing text data in R will be presented. More information.

Applied Regression with R for Social Science Researchers

Date: 
Mon, 2014-05-19 09:00 to Tue, 2014-05-20 15:00
Location: 
UMass Amherst, W37E Machmer

R is a free, open source programming language that gives empirical researchers a powerful set of tools for regression analysis. Workshop participants will learn how to import and export data, perform exploratory data analysis, run multiple regressions, conduct hypothesis testing, and estimate fixed and random effects models in the R environment. More information.

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Qualitative Research Design: Considerations and Tensions

Date: 
Mon, 2014-05-12 09:00 to 15:00
Location: 
UMass Amherst, W32 Machmer

Veteran qualitative researchers Gretchen Rossman and Zeke Kimball discuss challenges and opportunities as they arise in designing thoughtful and responsive research; considering purpose, context, potential participants and ethics; modifying the initial design based on emerging understandings of the context; and the conceptual and epistemological assumptions and their implications. More information.

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Qualitative Research Design: Considerations and Tensions

Date: 
Tue, 2014-05-13 09:00 to 14:00
Location: 
UMass Amherst, W32 Machmer

Veteran qualitative researchers Gretchen Rossman and Zeke Kimball discuss challenges and opportunities as they arise in designing thoughtful and responsive research; considering purpose, context, potential participants and ethics; modifying the initial design based on emerging understandings of the context; and the conceptual and epistemological assumptions and their implications. More information.

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Frames, Stories, and Images: Message Strategies to Increase Public and Legislator Support for Social Policies to Reduce Obesity

Location: 
UMass Amherst, Campus Center, 9th Floor, Rooms 911-15

Successful efforts to reduce rates of obesity in the U.S. will require multi¬-sector engagement in efforts to improve physical, social, and economic environments to encourage healthy eating and active living. Public and policymaker support for these efforts will be essential, but food industry and political opposition are widespread and well¬-funded. Dr. Jeff Niederdeppe will discuss two recent studies that refine and test communication theories of competitive framing, inoculation, and narrative persuasion in efforts to increase public and policymaker support for policies designed to reduce rates of obesity.
 
Jeff Niederdeppe is Assistant Professor of Communication at Cornell University. His research examines the mechanisms and effects of mass media campaigns,  strategic health messages, and news coverage in shaping health behavior, health disparities, and social policy. He has published over 70 peer¬-reviewed articles in communication, public health, health policy, and medicine journals, and his work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, United States Department of Agriculture, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
 
Presented by the Department of Communication in cooperation with the Institute for Social Science Research Scholars Program.

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UMass Amherst Earth Day Keynote Address: Dr. Robert Bullard, Father of Environmental Justice

Date: 
Tue, 2014-04-22 19:00 to 21:30
Location: 
UMass Amherst, Mahar Auditorium

Join the UMass Amherst Community as we celebrate the 44th Earth Day.  This year's Earth Day theme at UMass Amherst is "Climate Change: Building a Diverse Movement for Environmental Justice and Sustainability.”  The campus community will be engaging in meaningful campus reflection and action toward building more diversity and inclusivity into the sustainability community here and more broadly.

The event is free and open to the public, with a book signing by Dr. Bullard to follow his address.

Robert D. Bullard is the Dean of the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas. He is often described as the father of environmental justice. Professor Bullard received his Ph.D. degree from Iowa State University. He is the author of seventeen books that address sustainable development, environmental racism, urban land use, industrial facility siting, community reinvestment, housing, transportation, climate justice, emergency response, smart growth, and regional equity. Professor Bullard was featured in the July 2007 CNN People You Should Know, Bullard: Green Issue is Black and White. In 2008, Newsweek named him one of 13 Environmental Leaders of the Century. And that same year, Co-op America honored him with its Building Economic Alternatives Award (BEA).

For complete Earth Day 2014 Schedule click here

For more information contact Ezra Small: esmall@facil.umass.edu, 413-545-0799

 

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Free Advocacy Training

Date: 
Tue, 2014-04-15 11:00 to 14:00
Location: 
UMass Amherst, Campus Center, 10th Floor, Hadley Room

MPHA is partnering with the Alliance of Massachusetts YMCAs and several other allies to offer six regional advocacy trainings to help concerned residents learn how to motivate elected officials to pass policies to increase access to healthy food and physical activity, decrease tobacco use, and prevent chronic diseases.

The trainings are open to anyone who wants to improve health in their community – no experience is necessary!

Participants will gain an understanding of policy advocacy, including how to communicate with decision-makers, how to work in partnership with others who care about similar public health issues, and how your voice can make a difference in improving the health of your family and neighbors.

The Amherst training features Representative Ellen Story as a guest speaker to talk about effective ways to influence policy and to answer participants’ questions.

The first two trainings have been held in Boston and Worcester, and the feedback has been terrific. At both workshops, 100% of the participants said in their evaluations that they learned new information/skills about how they–as grassroots advocates–can effectively influence lawmakers. If you are looking for an inspiring way to bolster your advocacy skills and/or confidence (or just to network with other advocates) you have the chance at this event.

The training is free of change and includes a light lunch.

Questions? Contact Susan Morin at (781)569-5866, smorin@mrss.com

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Register online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/RFLZQLC

Pre-Veterinarian Talk at Smith College

Date: 
Wed, 2014-04-09 19:00 to 20:00
Location: 
Smith College, McConnell Hall 103, Northampton, MA

Dr. Isabel Jurk will speak about her work as a veterinary ophthalmologist ath this event for undergraduates interested in going into veterinary medicine. Dr. Jurk is the owner of Animal Eye Care of New England

Dr. Jurk's talk will be at 7 p.m. in McConnell Hall 103 on the Smith College Campus (a campus map is available here).

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Reality Medicine: What are the Opportunities, Obstacles, and Keys to Success for a Career in Medicine Today?

Date: 
Thu, 2014-04-10 18:30 to 20:30
Location: 
Harvard University Medical School, Tosteson Medical Education Center, Room 209, 260 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA

This event, hosted by the Massachusetts Medical Society Committee on Diversity in Medicine, is a free networking dinner and discussion for medical students, residents, fellows, & new physicians.

6:30 PM Dinner & Networking

- Meet experienced physicians and potential mentors

6:50 PM Panel Presentations

- Physician faculty share their keys to a successful medical career, with a particular focus on minority physicians

7:40 PM Group Discussion and Networking

- Job placement, residency applications, work-life balance — your interests direct the discussion!

8:30 PM Conclusion

There is no charge for this event, but space is limited. To reserve your seat, please visit www.massmed.org/RealityMedicine.

If you have questions, please contact dph@mms.org or call 781.434.7373.

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2014 Diversity Challenge: Racial or Ethnic Discrimination across the Lifespan

Date: 
Fri, 2014-10-24 09:00 to Sat, 2014-10-25 15:00
Location: 
Boston College, Boston, MA

The Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture (ISPRC) invites proposals that reflect some aspect of participant experiences in treating, teaching, studying, or intervening to understand how racial and ethnic discrimination influence the lives of individuals and communities. Presentations should focus on developments in research, professional practice, education, community activities and activism and/or social justice initiatives as they pertain to racial and ethnic discrimination at some point in the lifespan. Topics may include, but are not limited to applications of theory, community and school initiatives, activism, anti-racism training as well as current research and practice related to:

1.  Understanding the relationships between racial and ethnic discrimination or violence and various mental and physical health and psychosocial outcomes

2.  Improving the quality of life for children, adolescents, families, and elders in schools and communities

3.  Addressing the effects of racial and ethnic discrimination through community and grassroots initiatives

4.  Implementing and evaluating innovative and culturally competent interventions in traditional and nontraditional environments.

Strongest consideration will be given to proposals that focus directly on the 2014 Diversity Challenge theme, Racial or Ethnic Discrimination across the Lifespan.

The call for proposals is due by April 19.

Please submit your proposal using the online proposal submission form.

For more information, visit the ISPRC website or e-mail isprc@bc.edu or call 617-552-2482.

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