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Cathy Zimmer Recipient of the 2014 NCSA "Contributions to Sociology" Award

We are pleased to announce that the Odum Institute's Cathy Zimmer is the 2014 recipient of the Contributions to Sociology Award. This award, given by the North Carolina Sociological Association (NCSA), recognizes excellence in teaching, service, research, or other activity. It is open to members of the NCSA in academic, research, or applied positions.

Previous winners are: Joseph Himes, Isabelle Powell, Alfred Denton, Odell Uzzell, Ben Judkins, Ella Keller, Lee Dodson, Catherine Harris, George H. Conklin, Dick and Ida Simpson, David Pratto, John Shelton Reed, Pat Wyatt, Mike Wise, Virginia Foxx, Ken Land, Ron Wimberley, Sue Pauley, Ken Spenner, Edward A. Tiryakian, Robert Wortham, Robert Moxley, Steve McNamee, and Ken Wilson.

Looking for Graduate Students to Conduct Phone Interviews

Health Centric Marketing Services is looking for graduate students to help conduct phone interviews. If you're interested, please contact

Now Open: Application for L'Oréal USA For Women in Science Fellowship Program

The L’Oréal For Women in Science program recognizes and rewards the contributions women make in the STEM fields and identifies exceptional women researchers committed to serving as role models for younger generations. More than 2,000 women scientists in over 100 countries have been recognized since the program began in 1998.

The L’Oréal USA For Women In Science fellowship program will award five post-doctoral women scientists in the United States this year with grants of up to $60,000 each. Applicants are welcome from a variety of fields, including the life and physical/material sciences, technology (including computer science), engineering, and mathematics.

Applications are available at are due on Monday, May 19, 2014.

More information on the L’Oréal USA For Women in Science program can be found at

Should you have any questions or require additional information, please e-mail

CSPro CAPI Workshop (May 12-16)

Workshop May 12-16 on CSPro CAPI -- a product for survey data collection on tablets directly from the field.

The Carolina Population Center is hosting a CSPro CAPI workshop May 12-16. CSPro is a free data-collection and data-entry product from the Census Bureau. Greg Martin, a developer at Census, will teach the workshop. While programming is done on Windows desktops or laptops, the product is typically run on tablets during field work. Currently the system is customized for Windows tablets, but it's being ported to Android. Attendees can use either operating system if they have a tablet they'd like to try.

The workshop will include an introduction to a different CAPI system as well. Misha Lokshin at the World Bank will talk about the CAPI system his group is developing. It will be an introduction that focuses on features, while the CSPro workshop will be hands-on programming. It will be useful for participants to see an alternative to CSPro and have a chance to compare features. The introductions to the two CAPI systems will take place the morning of May 12th, while the remainder of the week will be devoted to CSPro programming skills development.

Funding is from CPC. It's intended to build capacity at CPC, so the workshop is open and free to everyone at CPC. People outside CPC are welcome to attend. Those who are sponsored by their department are asked to contribute $250 toward the costs of conducting the workshop.

Please contact Phil Bardsley (, 919-966-2825) if you're interested in attending or receiving more information.

RENCI, Odum Institute Team Up to Create Virtual Research Institute

RENCI and the UNC-Chapel Hill Odum Institute for Research in Social Science are combining their expertise in technology and the social sciences to begin development of a Virtual Institute for Social Research (VISR). The VISR will be a multifaceted high performance data and computing research environment that brings together researchers from across the world to collaboratively address the challenges facing social science.

“VISR will enable collaborative social science research of unprecedented scope and scale,” Odum Institute Director Tom Carsey said. “Launching VISR at UNC will capitalize on our historic strengths in social science, the incredible partnership we have between Odum and RENCI, and should help to position UNC at the forefront of computational social science and the big data revolution in social science.”

For more information, please click here.

Virtual Computing Lab Makes Software Available Remotely

The Odum Institute, in partnership with ITS Research Computing, has made available several lab applications on the Virtual Computing Laboratory (VCL). Located at, you can reserve an environment with many of the applications available in the Odum Institute computer labs from any computer with a remote desktop client (such as a Windows, Mac, or Linux computer). The service is available to any UNC student, faculty, or staff member.

Odum Institute environments available:

  • Atlas.ti
  • GIS/Spatial Analysis Applications (with ArcGIS 9.3.1, ENVI+IDL, and many other spatial analysis applications)

  • LaTeX (with TeXNicCenter, MikTeX, and JabRef)
Other environments available include quantitative analysis applications.

To get started, visit, or read one of the help documents below:

Quick User Guide
Odum Institute Detailed User Guide (PDF)
VCL Help Topics

If you have any problems or difficulties with using the VCL, please e-mail For problems or questions about the Odum Institute VCL images, please e-mail

The Data Incubator –- A Free 6-week Summer Data Science Bootcamp

This bootcamp in NYC is specifically for postdocs and PhD's in STEM + social sciences. For more information, please go to

ICPSR Course: Methodological Issues in Quantitative Research on Race and Ethnicity

Mosi Adesina Ifatunji
Assistant Professor, Sociology, UNC-Chapel Hill
June 23-18, 2014

Course Abstract

Social statistics were developed -- in large part -- to measure and study race and racialized population groups. Amidst the great eugenics debates of the early twentieth century, interest in social statistics grew exponentially as social scientists sought to demarcate racial groups and to assess differences between human population groups so specified. Although interest in social statistics was initially closely tethered to the study of race and social stratification; today, most social scientists study these topics separately. As a result, best practices in social statistics are often blind to race and ethnicity and students of race and ethnicity are often uninterested in statistics. This course will develop quantitative researchers that give greater, more careful and keen consideration to how race and ethnicity fit in their statistical models and race and ethnicity scholars with a greater ability to understand, critique and use quantitative methods. In order to achieve these goals, the course is mostly conceptual and participants are strongly recommended to have had one of each of the following courses prior to attendance: a basic course in race and ethnicity, a graduate level course in research methods and a graduate level course in social statistics.

The course will cover four broad topic areas of particular interest to social scientists, interested in race, ethnicity and statistics. The first week lays the groundwork for the course by focusing on key concepts and includes a special session on race, ethnicity and research ethics. The week explores foundational concepts including: race, ethnicity, racialization, ethnogenesis, inequality, stratification, prejudice, discrimination and ethnoracial orders. Week two focuses on measurement and operationalization. Topics include: measuring race and ethnicity, operationalizing race and ethnicity in multivariate models, measuring group disparities, measuring prejudice and measuring discrimination. Week three covers research design and data collection strategies. Topics include: questionnaire design, sampling and social survey methods, and experimental and quasi-experimental methods. This week will also include a review of newer emerging methods - i.e., big data and agent-based models. The course will conclude with a detailed focus on statistical analysis and inference. The final week reviews practical strategies for appropriately assessing race and/or ethnic ‘effects' across a range of statistical methodologies - e.g., statistical interactions, multivariate decomposition, propensity score analysis and structural equation models. It also introduces datasets that are mindful of many of the issues covered in the course and available at ICPSR.

For those interested in a more focused study of quantitative methodologies, participants are encouraged to dual enroll in one of the many training courses offered at the ICPSR Summer Program ( For more information, including a detailed course description, please send e-mail to:

Triangle Implementation Group

Please join the Triangle Implementation Group for the 2014 semi-annual meeting.

This event is free and open to the public.

March 27, 2014: 1-4 p.m.

Marriott at Research Triangle Park
4700 Guardian Drive, Durham, NC 27703

Salon A/B

Sponsored by the Triangle Implementation Group
in collaboration with Global Implementation Initiative.


Please register your attendance to the event by clicking on the following link: Event Registration Form Linkr contact Cathy Mutarelli at or 336.315.7418.

Keynote Presenter: Abe Wandersman—University of South Carolina

“Because Implementation Matters: Bridging the Gap between Implementation Science and Implementation Practice with Practical Implementation Science”

Panel Discussion: Implications for Research, Practice, & Policy

  • Karen Blase— National Implementation Research Network; Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • Bryan Weiner –UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • Karen Ponder—Ponder, Inc.

Event Information
For more information regarding this event, please visit the following website:

TIG March 2014 Meeting Information

Assessing Digital Scholarship


March 17 (Monday): 2-3:15 p.m.
PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge
(Bay 4 Smith Warehouse, Duke University)

Amanda Starling Gould, Workshop Leader

As our humanities scholarship goes digital, the question of how we assess digital scholarship and multimodal work is becoming increasingly critical. How do we evaluate (or grade) the digital humanities projects we plan to create, critique, teach and/or assign to our students? In this workshop, we will take a hands-on approach: we will look at several recent professional and student-made digital humanities projects from various disciplines and will collaboratively apply a proposed set of assessment criteria in order to evaluate these projects. As we do this, we will assess these proposed assessment criteria and will discuss how each of us might adapt these criteria to suit our own projects, courses, and disciplinary standards. Throughout the workshop, we will discuss best practices for creating sustainable and credible digital scholarship and will explore methods for integrating digital humanities projects into our research and teaching.


March 17 (Monday) 3:30-5 p.m.
FHI Garage (Bay 4, Smith Warehouse, Duke University)

The lack of established channels for publishing (and thus validating) digital scholarship puts humanists at a particular disadvantage. How can contributions to digital humanities projects count towards tenure and promotion? What factors can be used to determine a digital work’s value to the field, and the extent of an individual’s contribution to that work? Panelists offer perspectives and advice on assessing the value of digital scholarship.
Daniel Anderson (Professor and Associate Chair, Department of English, UNC-Chapel Hill);

  • David Reider (Associate Professor, Department of English, North Carolina State University)

  • Annabel Wharton (William B. Hamilton Professor of Art History, Duke).

Doing DH is a monthly series of presentations and workshops focusing on skills needed for working in the digital humanities. Lightning-talk presentations, followed by audience and panel discussion, showcase people, projects, and expertise in the Research Triangle and offer insights into the practical side of being a digital humanist. Workshops provide hands-on introduction to tools used by digital humanists. All Doing DH events are held on the campus of Duke University (Durham, NC) and open to faculty, staff, and students at all Research Triangle institutions. For more information about events in this series, visit .

Odum Institute Social Computing Lab

The Odum Institute recently opened a Social Computing Room in its new location in Davis Library. RENCI assisted in the technical design and implementation of the room, helping to install all the hardware, baseline operating system, and projectors and supported part of the cost of outfitting the room.

For more information, go to

Social Science "Seed" Grant for Multidisciplinary Research
(Spring 2014)

An initiative to support the development of an innovative, multidisciplinary funding proposal in the social sciences at UNC Chapel Hill

Number of anticipated awards: Two to three

Maximum size of grant: $15,000

Deadline for submission: April 18, 2014

Please submit an electronic copy of the application with a cover letter to Richard Silc at

Allowable expenses: Research assistants, data collection and acquisition, software, travel to a granting agency, or other expenses directly tied to developing the proposal. No more than $7,500 per faculty member may be used for summer or academic year support. Please write your proposal so that it is understandable by a broad audience of researchers.
Eligible individuals and teams: Social science faculty from throughout the university. Teams must consist of two or more faculty members from two or more social science disciplines. At least one member of the team must be a faculty member from the College of Arts and Sciences.

Criteria for evaluating proposals:

  • The quality of the proposed research and plan;

  • Its likelihood of being funded;

  • Its multidisciplinary nature;

  • The records of the faculty on the team (taking into account the stage of their career).

Proposal length: Proposals may not exceed five pages in length. No appendices will be accepted. Font must be 12-point or larger. Margins (top, bottom and sides) must be at least one inch. The budget is limited to one page (not included in five-page limit).
Proposal outline: Please include the following sections in your proposal.

1. Description of research: Describe what you are proposing, including objectives, methods, and need for a multidisciplinary approach.

2. Significance of research: Why is what you are proposing important? How does it fit into the larger context of social and behavioral science?

3. Plan for developing proposal: How will you develop your proposal for submission? Briefly describe the tasks involved, the roles of the team, and the timeline for accomplishing your work. Include plans for handling IRB issues. If seed grant funds involve the use of human subjects, then you must obtain IRB approval for this proposal.

4. Qualifications of team: List the names of faculty involved and their academic rank, accomplishments, and years of experience.

5. Potential funders: Briefly describe potential funding agencies or organizations, such as NSF, NIH, private foundations, and other federal or state agencies.

6. Other funded research: List funded research (current or pending), including title of award, direct and indirect funding, percent effort, and years of support.

Review process: Applications will be reviewed by a multidisciplinary faculty panel, and we invite applicants to submit names of knowledgeable reviewers at UNC-Chapel Hill. You may include in your cover letter names of faculty who could serve as reviewers for your proposal. Decisions of the faculty review panel are final.
Requirements: The multidisciplinary funding team must submit a proposal run through the Odum Institute to a federal, state, or private funding agency with a copy to the Odum Institute within one year from the starting date of the seed grant. The proposal must request in direct costs a minimum of 10 times the seed grant amount received. For example, if a team receives $7,500 in seed grant funds, the team's proposal must request at least $75,000 in direct costs. If you do not feel that you can meet these conditions, please do not apply.

Researchers who resign their UNC positions before the term of the grant will no longer be eligible for funding. In addition, the research should not duplicate already funded research. The funded research award will be administered by the Odum Institute. Researchers who receive a seed grant award may be asked to review seed grant proposals in subsequent years (but no more than once).
For more information: Please send e-mails to Thomas M. Carsey, Odum Institute Director ( or Peter Leousis, Deputy Director ( at

Mathematica Summer Camp 2014

Whether you are a high school student, graduate student, or researcher, we have a program for you! Check out the programs below so you can continue to grow your Mathematica knowledge through the summer.

The Mathematica Summer Camp is being held at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts, July 6-18. Students will have the opportunity to learn Mathematica's computing language, work with Wolfram mentors, and interact with other students with similar interests. By the end of camp, each student will have created his or her very own Mathematica program! For more information and to apply, please go:

Mathematica-Sponsored Programs

Timberlake (Portugal) and IST (UTL) are jointly organizing a summer school with the theme: Information Security (InfoSec) Summer School using Mathematica. The course is designed for managers, data-security-conscious professionals, and PhD and final-year MSc students. The course will be taught in English.
The program will be held July 7-10 at Instituto Superior Técnico-Lisbon, Portugal.

Please visit:

Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics is an intensive six-week encounter with college-level mathematics for talented and highly motivated high school students. This program will be held June 29-August 9, 2014. For more information about their program, please visit:

For students age 11-14 who show high promise and love mathematics, there is Math Path Advanced Summer Camp, held this year at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA from June 29 to July 27:

We look forward to seeing you at one or more of our programs this summer. If you have any questions, please contact

Student Award: NCDS Data Innovation Showcase -- Due April 28

In brief, the National Consortium for Data Science (NCDS) Data Science is pleased to give students the opportunity to present their research posters at our NCDS Data Innovation Showcase on May 21, 2014 at RENCI, the Renaissance Computing Institute in Chapel Hill, NC. The Student Poster Session will give students in data science, informatics, information science, and related fields the chance to highlight their work . This CFP is open to current graduate and undergraduate students at NCDS member academic institutions. This includes UNC Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, Duke University, UNC Charlotte, Texas A & M University, North Carolina A & T State University, and Drexel University. For more information about the Consortium and the Call for Proposals: NCDS Student Poster Session, please refer to:
Thank you again for your assistance and please don't hesitate to contact us with questions.

Call for Proposals: NCDS Student Poster Session

The National Consortium for Data Science (NCDS) is pleased to give students the opportunity to present their research posters at the NCDS Data Innovation Showcase Thursday, May 21, at RENCI*, the Renaissance Computing Institute in Chapel Hill, NC. The Student Poster Session will give students in data science, informatics, information science, and related fields the chance to highlight their work on a 24x36 printed poster. The posters will be on display all day long, and students will be expected to be available to talk about their work during official poster sessions in the morning (8:30 a.m.–9 :30 a.m.) and at lunchtime (11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.).


The Poster Session is open to current graduate and undergraduate students at NCDS founding member academic institutions. This includes UNC Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, Duke University, UNC Charlotte, Texas A & M University, North Carolina A&T and Drexel University. Posters should address novel, interesting and innovative approaches to data science research questions. Topics could include (but are not limited to) data discovery, sharing, security or archiving, data-intensive computing, data analysis techniques, data management, or strategies for handling big data and heterogeneous/unstructured data. Submissions by teams of students are acceptable (limit one submission per team). Some travel support will be available to students traveling in from outside of the triangle area to attend the
Data Innovation Showcase.


Students are responsible for producing and printing a 24 x 36" poster (either vertical or horizontal is OK). Posters will be displayed on poster boards (thumb tacks will be provided).

Application Process
Fill out the form on the NCDS website

1. A brief (250 words or less) abstract about your work, its goals, methodology and its relevance to moving the field of data science forward.
2. A draft of your poster, uploaded as a PDF—no PowerPoint (8MB max)
All submissions must be received by April 28, 2014.

All who submit proposals will be notified by May 9, 2014. Three poster submissions will be chosen as top posters based on scientific merit and relevance to the work of the NCDS. Those students will be asked to give short (10 minute) presentations about their work and will each receive a $250 award from the NCDS. In addition, a People’s Choice award will be presented to a poster that best communicates scientific information and this recipient will receive a $250 award. All participants in the Poster Session will receive certificates of appreciation and have the opportunity to publish their posters on the NCDS website.


Please contact with questions or call David Knowles at 919-445-9677.

About the NCDS
The National Consortium for Data Science (NCDS) is a collaboration of leaders in academia, industry and government to address the data challenges of the 21st century. The Consortium was founded as a mechanism to help the U.S. take advantage of the ever-increasing flow of digital data in ways that result in new jobs and industries, new advances in healthcare, transformative discoveries in science, and competitive advantages for U.S. industry. The NCDS provides the structure and leadership to cultivate a focused data science community and break through the challenges of big data to drive the field forward.

*RENCI is located at 100 Europa Drive, Suite 540, Chapel Hill, NC, 27517. Free visitor parking is available on the top level of the parking deck.

Research Coordinator, Roper Center for Public Opinion Research

The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization at the University of Connecticut, is looking for a professional to coordinate its new research unit and provide administrative support to the executive director. Responsibilities
include: assist with grant research, proposal preparation, and reporting; assist with the preparation of substantive reports, press releases, communications, and outreach; organize programs and conferences; liaison to faculty groups, university offices, and Center advisory Board. Reports to executive director; available to assist senior staff with specific assignments.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in social sciences or public policy, Master’s degree or Ph.D. preferred; two years of experience in research involving public opinion data; proven ability to evaluate and produce reliable results, problem-solve and troubleshoot problems. Candidate must be a team player, highly organized, good at handling multiple tasks, and comfortable working with people at all levels. S/he must have excellent writing and editing ability; knowledge of Excel, PowerPoint, and statistics; knowledge of SPSS/other statistical packages. Experience grant writing or support for proposal preparation a plus.

This full time position is available immediately. Salary is commensurate with experience. For more details see

*To apply*:**For full consideration*, *submit a letter of interest, resume, writing sample, and contact information for 3 references to by March 1, 2014.

The Roper Center and the University of Connecticut are EEO/AA employers.

Odum Institute Graduate Student Fellows Program

The Odum Institute for Research in Social Science is seeking applications for our first cohort of Graduate Student Fellows.

The deadline is March 7 at 5 p.m.

Applicants must be nominated by their Department or other relevant unit. Departments may nominate no more than Two (2) applicants for this award.

Odum Graduate Student Fellows will receive $2,500 to be used as a stipend or for research-related expenses. Fellows will also be provided with a desk in the Odum Institute along with access to a computer and software, meeting rooms, and Odum staff during their Fellowship period. In exchange, Fellows will be expected to participate in the activities described below that constitute the Fellows program.

Applications must include:

  • a cover letter (limited to 2 pages, 12pt. font, single spaced)
  • a CV
  • a letter of recommendation from the student’s advisor, and
  • a short note verifying nomination by the student’s department or school (e.g note from DGS, Chair, etc.). The application materials should outline the student’s: (a) qualifications for the program, (b) research plan for the fellowship year, and (c) how the student will both benefit from and contribute to the Odum Graduate Student Fellows program. Application materials should be e-mailed to Tom Carsey ( with the Subject line “Odum Fellows Application.”

The program is open to any graduate student at UHC-CH pursuing a Ph.D. in any area of social science, broadly defined, who is in good standing in their current program. Primary consideration will be given to the overall potential of the student and the methodological and/or theoretical sophistication of the student’s proposed research. Preference will be given to students who are planning to be on the academic job market for the first time during the 2015-16 Academic year. Preference will also be given to students who would benefit from, and contribute to, an interdisciplinary experience substantively and/or methodologically.

The program will run for the 2014 calendar year and will include several elements.
  • This Spring, Fellows will participate in some short workshops designed to support their professional development. Topics might include publishing, grant seeking, and team science, along with discussing each Fellow’s research work in progress.
  • Fellows will focus on conducting their own research during the Summer.
  • The Fall will be devoted primarily to a public speaker series. Each Fellow will identify a guest speaker from another U.S. university working in their area of research to give a public research presentation. Each Fellow will serve as local host for the speaker they select. In addition, Fellows themselves will each give a formal presentation of their own research.

  • During the fellowship year, each Fellow will be given the opportunity to lead a workshop as part of Odum’s ongoing series of methodological workshops.

Questions about the Odum Graduate Student Fellows Program should be sent to the Director of the Odum Institute, Tom Carsey, via e-mail at

Founded in 1924, the Odum Institute is the oldest and one of the nation’s leading interdisciplinary social science research institutes.

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Funding Opportunities

NIH Funding Opportunity: Translating Basic Behavioral and Social Science Discoveries into Interventions to Improve Health-related Behaviors

For more information, click here.

Faculty Research Grants: Exploration in Global Health Grants