A memorial service for Communication Professor Emerita Jane Blankenship will be held on Saturday, May 23 at 2 pm in the Marriott Center (11th floor, Campus Center) on the UMass Amherst campus. Former students, friends, and colleagues are welcome to attend, and refreshments will be available following the service. Jane, who passed away on April 24, taught in the Communication Dept. for many years until her retirement in 1997 and won numerous awards and honors during her outstanding career. An obituary is available here.
ISSR is offering a summer program in advanced research methods organized by ISSR's Research M ethodologist, Dr. Waylon Howard. Courses will be taught by specialists in their field as part of ISSR's mission to promote excellence in social science research at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and beyond. The courses offered are designed to support the methods and training needs of students, academics, and professionals to enhance their education and research success.
Presenters: Dr. Daniel Nagin, Carnegie-Mellon University
This workshop will teach participants the general programming skills and strategies to handle complex and large-scale data management and analysis tasks. This course will be taught primarily in R, with some basics of other programming languages where applicable. We will start with a short refresher on R programming, including data structures, user defined functions, nested looping, and conditional statements. We will then move on to more advanced topics, including parallelization, memory management, and the tools to write performant code.
During this free two day workshop, UMass faculty members from Isenberg School of Management and the Department of Resource Economics will share their expertise on research methods, and apply these methods to problems of interest to organizational settings beyond the academy. UMass graduate students and postdocs will have an opportunity to learn about a range of social science research methods and how they apply to industry settings.
Our Program Evaluation workshop familiarizes participants in different types of program evaluation, including needs assessment, formative research, process evaluation, monitoring of outputs and outcomes, impact assessment, and cost analysis. Participants gain practical experience through a series of exercises involving the design of a conceptual framework, development of indicators, analysis of computerized service statistics, and development of an evaluation plan to measure impact.