Junior Scholar Speaker Series

Heads Up-
2 great events scheduled for this semester:
The first one will be this Tuesday (see flyer below or http://tinyurl.com/o5868hm). Julia is a new faculty member at Santa Clara who studies rhetoric and composition and she’ll be talking about her research on the influence of classroom design on student learning.
The next speaker after that will be Christy Byrd (https://sites.google.com/site/christybyrd), a developmental psychologist who has just started at UC Santa Cruz. She’ll be coming on Nov. 12 (the talk will be from 5-6) so you can save the date if you are interested. Here is the info she just sent along about her talk:
Title: Learning about Race and Culture in School: Student Perspectives

Abstract: This talk will describe interviews with high school students about what they learn about race and culture in school. The interviews reveal the ways students understand race and culture and how their understanding is shaped by what the school curriculum includes and leaves out. The talk will discuss the findings in relation to theory on race relations, multicultural education, and racial identity development, and how schools can promote positive experiences for all students and reduce achievement gaps.


Transparency Talk slides

Thanks to Ben Levy for hosting an informative and interesting talk on transparency practices in the social sciences. A number of attendees requested copies of his slides. I have sent copies of his ppt slides to attendees. If you would like to receive a copy of the slides, please email me. If you come across articles related to this topic please send me an email and I will happily post for us to read.

In-house help with your research

This is a re-post of a list of colleagues who have agreed to share their expertise. If you can’t find what you are looking for, email me and we can figure it out.

Whether you are struggling with addressing reviewers’ comments  or want to get a research project started, there are experts right here who are ready to help. Below is a list of faculty with differing areas of expertise who are willing to meet and help you with your research.


Anttila-Huges, Jesse jesse.antillahuges@gmail.com Economics 1. Stats  2. casual inference/research design  3. environment and climate science and data  4. econo metrics  5. financial data  6. development and poverty  6. text mining, bibliometrics, quantification of qualitative concepts  7. blogging
Buckwalter, Jeff buckwalter@usfca.edu Computer Science 1. Excel  2. Mathematical modeling
Clausen, June clausenj@usfca.edu Psychology 1. IRB stuff (I wrote the manual :))  2. Community based research.  3. Working with clinical populations. 4. Mental health measurement
De La Torre, Sergio sdelatorre@usfca.edu Media Studies 1. Contemporary art practices  2. Labor issues along the US/Mexico border  3. Undocumented immigration (Latin America)
Ewert, Doreen dewert@usfca.edu ESL 1. Classroom instructional research  2. Action research
Ho, Evelyn evho@usfca.edu Communication Studies Qualitative Data Collection and analysis: 1. atlas.ti, transana, discourse analysis, focus groups, ethnography/participant observation, IRB
Jung, EJ ejung@cs.usfca.edu Computer Science 1. How to construct IRB proposals  2. how to find subjects  3. how to find and retain good RAS
Knight, Marisa mrknight@usfca.edu Psychology 1. IRB  2.  Experimental Methodologies in Psychology  3. General linear model, repeated measures  4.  Excel  5. SPSS  6. Emotion, memory, decision making and aging
Murray, Scott shmurray@usfca.edu Art + Arch 1. Data visualization tools and techniques (processing, javascript, D3).  2. Usability testing and research methods.  3. Interaction Design
Uminsky, David duminsky@usfca.edu Mathematics 1. Mathematical modeling of biological/physical systems.  2. Data clustering Research/big data/machine learning.  3. software help with matlab, maple and mathematica
Zartner, Dana dzartner@usfca.edu Int’l Studies 1. Legal Research (International and Comparative)  2. Comparative case studies  3. Content analysis.   My research area is the relationship between domestic law and legal culture and international law in the areas of human rights and the environment.


Another Fulbright Opportunity

Dear Scholar,

As the Fulbright U.S. Scholar application deadline quickly approaches, I wanted to provide you with information about some of the unique opportunities available in the Middle East and North Africa. My organization, the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, administers the Fulbright Scholar Program on behalf of the United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Please feel free to forward this message to other interested colleagues and share through relevant associations and listservs.

Fulbright offerings in the Middle East/North Africa region are incredibly diverse. There are opportunities for both professionals and academics (including early career), and awards to teach and/or conduct research in all academic disciplines. Here are some highlighted awards that may be of interest to you:  

Algeria Award 5409: All Disciplines

Bahrain Award 5413: Political Development in Bahrain

Jordan Award 5428: Cultural Preservation and Heritage

Morocco Award 5434: All Disciplines (Flex)

Oman Award 5436: Business Administration and Management

Palestinian Territories Award 5441: American Studies

If your interests lie in other parts of the world, we offer grants in every world region. All Disciplines awards are offered in many countries, which allow scholars in all fields of study to apply. I would encourage you to explore the Catalog of Awards for more information about the awards available; award descriptions contain details on grant activities, qualifications, and grant benefits. The Award Catalog can be searched by world region, country, or specific discipline and can be accessed at http://catalog.cies.org/.

For eligibility factors, detailed application guidelines and review criteria, please follow the link http://cies.org/program/core-fulbright-us-scholar-program. You may also wish to register for one of our webinars here or join our online community, My Fulbright , a resource center for applicants interested in the program.

I am happy to answer any questions you may have. Please note that US citizenship is required at the time of application and the deadline for receipt of complete applications is August 1, 2014.


Jordanna Enrich
Assistant Director
Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program
Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES)
Institute of International Education (IIE)
1400 K Street, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005
Phone +1.202.686.6233 | Fax +1.202.686.4029
JEnrich@iie.org | www.iie.org/cies  




Fulbright Opportunities

Greetings,We hope this message finds you well. The U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program competition is currently open and seeking applicants for awards for teaching/research in several countries across Sub-Saharan Africa. There are many awards offered, some tailored to specific areas of interest and others listed as “All Disciplines” for those Scholars who may be looking to teach/lecture on a topic not explicitly listed. Below you’ll find a list of highlighted awards:

All disciplines:                                                            Guinea, Malawi, Senegal, and Sierra Leone

Award 5029 (Public Health):                                                                                    D.R Congo
Award 5079 (Engineering):                                                                                      Zimbabwe
Award 5059 (Science and Technology):                                                                  Rwanda
Award 5064 (Business Administration):                                                                  Swaziland
Award 5075 (Journalism and Broadcasting):                                                           Zambia
Award 5044 (Renewable Energy and Sustainable Development)                           Mauritius
Award 5022 (Agriculture, Biology or Environmental Sciences):                            Cote d’Ivoire
Award 5018 (Business Administration, Law or Medical Sciences):                        Burkina Faso
Award 5007 (Agricultural Economics or Business Administration):                       Benin

Information on a multitude of additional opportunities throughout the Sub-Saharan Africa region can be found in our Catalog of Awards. We also have information online about the program in general, tips for applying, project statement guidelines, and much more on the U.S. Scholar Program page.

The Fulbright Scholar Program is pleased to share about new program initiatives, including Flex (serial) award options, postdoctoral and early career opportunities, and a worldwide TEFL award. In addition, the previous lifetime limit on Fulbright Scholar grants has been lifted.

The following resources may also be helpful:

Please feel free to share this message with your colleagues. The 2015-16 deadlinefor the core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is August 1, 2014, leaving ample time to begin an application submission. We are happy to answer any questions and concerns about awards to the region and the Fulbright Scholar Program in general.


The Sub-Saharan Africa Team
Katrin DeWindt, Jennifer Fox, Alisha Scott, Anna Valiante
Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program





Fulbright Scholar Program
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Washington, DC 20005
The Fulbright Scholar Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, is administered by CIES, a division of IIE.
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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


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


  • 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