Wanted: An Attendee for this Workshop on Empirical Research Practices

In the past few years, the Social Science research world has been rocked with allegations of unethical and fraudulent research practices. Advocates are working towards a solution to reduce these types of frauds in the future. This workshop provides an excellent opportunity for getting involved at the pioneer stage. You must complete an application and get accepted to attend. Although a recommendation is optional – I will gladly write you one and you can provide us ideas on what more we can do here.

- Saera

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/sumprog/courses/0180

Transparency Practices for Empirical Social Science Research (Berkeley, CA)

Instructor(s):

  • Uri Simonsohn, University of Pennsylvania
  • Edward Miguel, University of California at Berkeley
  • Katherine E. Casey, Stanford University
  • Thad Dunning, University of California at Berkeley
  • Leif Nelson, University of California at Berkeley
  • Maya Petersen, University of California at Berkeley
  • Scott Desposato, University of California at San Diego
  • Merce Crosas, Harvard University
  • Kevin Esterling, University of California at Riverside

Over the past years, an inspiring number of bottom-up innovations across social science disciplines have sought to advance the reliability, reproducibility, and validity of empirical social studies, realigning scholarly incentives with scholarly values. Examples include systematic disclosure of methods and results, registration and pre-analysis plans, and open data and materials. Meanwhile, multiple organizations have been developing tools to make it easier to archive and share research design, plans and data.

This workshop will inform participants about the latest trends in the shift towards increased transparency, providing an overview of the different tools and techniques that are available and appropriate for social science research. Participants will be chosen through a competitive selection process, and will be expected to devote substantial time to preparatory work in advance of the institute. Each attendee will finish the weeklong program with a specific work product based on his/her own research interests.

The curriculum is designed for anyone interested in learning more about best practices for empirical research in economics, political science, psychology or any other social science discipline. Ideal candidates would have one of the following profiles: (i) graduate or post-graduate student contemplating a research career, (ii) junior faculty eager to join the new movement towards increased transparency, (iii) associate editor from academic publications curious about the implications for his/her work, or (iv) any other active researcher interested in using these methods. Diversity both in terms of background and academic discipline is encouraged.

This workshop is sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Center for Open Science (supported by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation).

Application: Participants will be chosen through a competitive selection process. Apply using the Summer Program portal (by clicking on the “Registration & Fees” tab at the top of this page) by providing your information and selecting the course. Also, upload the following documents via the portal:

  • Current curriculum vita or resume
  • Cover letter outlining your interest in the workshop, how you have heard about it, and what you hope to get out of these four days.
  • A letter of reference is optional.

Deadlines: All application materials must be submitted no later than Wednesday, March 26. Accepted participants will be notified by Friday, April 4.

Fee: There are no tuition fees for this workshop. Stipends for travel and accommodation will be available for a limited number of accepted participants.

Agenda for the workshop.

Tags: transparency, replication, reproducibility

Spring updates

Hello everyone,

As you might’ve heard, I am the CAS Director of Faculty Research. What does that mean? How does that affect you as a faculty member? Well, it can mean a lot of good, I hope. I help oversee the weekly writing teams (email me if you want to join), coordinate a faculty development lunch focused on research  (we had a great turnout last semester when June Clausen and Stephanie Vandrick presented- a Spring one is in the works), help troubleshoot sticky methodological and stats issues people run into (or at least connect them to people who do know the solution) and I am in the process of improving some of our faculty research support pages so that you are not endlessly clicking to get answers.

Most of all though, I am open to hearing suggestions for what can be improved when it comes to facilitating research productivity. What’s the good/bad/ugly with respect to this topic? Email me directly and we can go from there.

Fall 2013 Events List Here

Hi everyone,

Here is a handy list of Fall events; please mark your calendars and attend.

Each one is posted separately so that it will be easy to find.

NVivo Training: Sept 25th

Saturday Writing: Oct 5th

Weekly Writing Teams: Ongoing

Faculty Development Lunch: Oct 31st

Topic: “How to get Writing Done Amidst Everything Else at USF”

Presenters: June Clausen and Stephanie Vandrick

Faculty Development Lunch: Nov. 6th

Topic: “What’s New With The IRB?”

Presenter: Terry Patterson

 

Writing Teams are Now in Session

I sent an email to all faculty last month but in case you missed it, here is the information again. Please feel free to send me an email if you want to join now, srkhan@usfca.edu or Clark Campagna, cmcampagna@usfca.edu

Do you want to get that manuscript moved from in preparation to under review?

The deadline has been extended for signing up for the weekly writing teams! Sign up by this FRIDAY. (Much easier if you just do this now).


To sign up, click HERE.
If link does not work, please copy and paste the URL into your browser

- https://docs.google.com/a/usfca.edu/forms/d/1ucCA-fgF31ORQw1LKNUcaqczd4yIDh1Yyj6Y7WmrJ6A/viewform


We also have… Saturday Writing Days (Free lunch!):
We’ll send out announcements about two weeks before each retreat with details on how to sign up!

Here are the dates:
September 14, 2013, 8:30am – 4:30pm, UC402/403
October 5, 2013, 8:30am – 4:30pm, UC 402/403
November 9, 2013, 8:30am – 4:30pm, UC 402/403


If you are interested in attending the writing group this Saturday September 14th, please e-mail Clark Campagna at, cmcampagna@usfca.edu.

In case, you missed it, here is the longer version of the email sent last week.


 Here is the problem:
You already feel overwhelmed and over-scheduled with teaching and service (and it’s only week 2 in the semester!).

How will you find the time for your research and writing?

The proven solution: over 100 Arts and Sciences faculty have found a solution that helps: Write with a team every week at the same time.

Join them.

Weekly Writing Teams:
This is not a peer critique process, but a structured program designed to support your research and writing throughout the semester. YOU choose your own days and hours. The team is simply comprised of people who sign up for the same block of times.

(This is the part where you start to object, “Wait…I can make the time and write alone… why would I need a team?” OR, “I like writing in my PJs at home.”)

Think of your writing team as a group of people with similar challenges and similar goals- your public commitment to them to show up and write will actually help you stay on task with your goals (trust me, there is research on this).

Plus: You get a chance to meet smart and interesting people across campus.

Another plus: It keeps you honest: it looks really silly being on facebook in front of other people actually writing.

To get started:
• Commit to a day (or days) and time(s) using the form below.
• Choose a two-hour block minimum. Writing periods start on the hour.
• Receive weekly reminders of your scheduled times.
• Show up at your appointed time for yourself and your peers.
• Research and write around the communal writing table.

Please complete the form by Monday, September 9th, 2013.
That’s it. Writing team sessions will begin on Monday, September 16th, 2013.

To sign up, click HERE.
If link does not work, please copy and paste the URL into your browser
- https://docs.google.com/a/usfca.edu/forms/d/1ucCA-fgF31ORQw1LKNUcaqczd4yIDh1Yyj6Y7WmrJ6A/viewform

We also have… Saturday Writing Days:
We’ll send out announcements about two weeks before each retreat with details on how to sign up!

Here are the dates:
September 14, 2013, 8:30am – 4:30pm, UC402/403
October 5, 2013, 8:30am – 4:30pm, UC 402/403
November 9, 2013, 8:30am – 4:30pm, UC 402/403

Bring your project for an all-day-on-campus writing retreat.  Meet new colleagues, get addicted to writing in teams.  Free breakfast and lunch too!

Please submit the covers from your books or the first page of a publication you’ve recently gotten published, to Clark at cmcampagna@usfca.edu.

We will post these in the Faculty Writing Room to help inspire your fellow writers.

Happy Writing!

Saera Khan
Director of Faculty Research Support
College of Arts and Sciences

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Fall 2013 Events

Hi everyone,

The blog is back after a summer hiatus. I hope your summer was restful and productive.

Now that we have programs with dates, please mark your calendars and attend.

I will post each one separately so that it will be easy to find.

NVivo Training: Sept 25th

Saturday Writing: Oct 5th

Weekly Writing Teams: Ongoing

Faculty Development Lunch: Oct 31st

Topic: “How to get Writing Done Amidst Everything Else at USF”

Presenters: June Clausen and Stephanie Vandrick

Faculty Development Lunch: Nov. 6th

Topic: “What’s New With The IRB?”

Presenter: Terry Patterson

 

 

 

 

 

Sept 25th NVIVO Training

A reminder from CIT.

Based on faculty requests, CIT has arranged for a NVIVO Training Session. Please RSVP at the CIT website.

NVivo: Qualitative Research Tools

 

NVivoPresenters: Representatives from NVivo
Wednesday, Sept. 25, 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
CIT Lab, Room 10, School of Education

QSR International is conducting a complimentary webinar: Using NVivo as a Research Tool.

What you will learn:

• An overview of the key features of NVivo software
• How NVivo supports qualitative and mixed methods research
• Using NVivo for writing robust literature reviews
• NVivo for grant writing and research proposal development, data management and analysis, and manuscript preparation
• NVivo provides a platform to collaborate with colleagues or your research team in real time

Using real data from a Duke University study of the impact of coastal environmental change on residents’ lives, we will demonstrate how NVivo software works with different types of data such as interviews, focus groups, video, surveys, and social media.

The webinar (approximately one hour) is planned as an interactive session, comments and questions are welcomed.

Free Statistic Webinar

What to do with missing data? Not a simple answer actually. Join this webinar and learn about the latest and most appropriate ways to approach missing data,

The Next Craft of Statistical Analysis Webinar:
Approaches to Missing Data: The Good, the Bad, and the Unthinkable

You’ve probably heard about many different approaches to dealing with missing data, and you’ve probably gotten different opinions about which one you should use.  In this webinar, you’ll get an overview of:

  • the three types of missing data, and how they affect the approach to take
  • the common approach that is generally worse than any other
  • the easy, common, seemingly bad approach that often isn’t so bad, and the situations when it doesn’t work
  • the two approaches that give unbiased results, one that is very easy to implement, but only works in limited situations and one that is harder to implement well, but works with any statistical analysis

Date: May 1, 2013
Time: 1pm Eastern Time UTC -4 (12pm Central, 11am Mountain, 10am Pacific)
Where: Anywhere you have a fast internet connection
Length of Program: An Hour
Cost: Always FREE
Space is limited.

How do I sign up?

The call will be recorded, so if you miss it, you can still listen in, but you have to register. You can register by clicking here.