Summer Institute in Computational Social Science

June 15 – 26, 2020
4240 Public Affairs Building

The purpose of the Summer Institute is to bring together graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and early career faculty interested in computational social science. The Summer Institute is open to both social scientists (broadly conceived) and data scientists (broadly conceived).

Census 2020: Everyone Counts

*Event has been canceled

Organizers: Roger Waldinger and Judith Seltzer
April 2-3, 2019
4240 Public Affairs Building

Sponsored by: UCLA Center for the Study of International Migration, the California Center for Population Research, the Luskin Center for History and Policy, and the California Policy Lab

Kenneth Prewitt, Carnegie Professor of Public Affairs, Special Advisor to the President, Columbia University & former Director, U.S. Census Bureau. “The End of the Line: Why the Census in 2030 will Less Resemble the 2020 Census, than 2020 did the 1790 Census.”

William O’Hare, President, O’Hare Data and Demographic Services, “How we will be able to assess the success of the 2020 Census?”

Nancy Bates, U.S. Bureau of the Census, “Hard-to-Survey Populations and the 2020 Decennial Census.”

Eric Jensen, U.S. Bureau of the Census, “Improving the Count of Young Children in the 2020 Census.”

Randall Kuhn, Fielding School of Public Health, UCLA, “Uncovered, unsheltered, unfollowed and unasked: Addressing gaps in our understanding of homeless populations.”

Benjamin Francis-Fallon, Western Carolina University, “The Twinned Emergence of the Hispanic Category and the Movement to Exclude Undocumented Immigrants from the Decennial Census.”

Joel Perlmann, Bard College, “How America classified Immigrants for half a century: The List of Races and Peoples.”

Brendan Shanahan, Yale University, “Counting the Community and/or Conscribing the Polity? Inclusion, Exclusion, and “Equal Representation” in U.S. Census-Making, 1790-2020.”

Paul Ong, Luskin School of Public Affairs, UCLA, “Complete Count and Political Representation.”

Cindy Quezada, Sierra Health Fund, “Utilizing a grassroots, community organizing approach to ensure the San Joaquin Valley’s hardest to count populations participate in the 2020 Census.”

Joseph Salvo, NYC Department of Planning, “Small Area Data Utility in the Era of Differential Privacy: A Local User’s Perspective.”

Matthew Snipp, Stanford University, “Knowledge At-Risk: what we won’t learn and might not learn about race and ethnicity from the 2020 Census.”

Natalie Masuoka, UCLA, “From Assignment to Identification: Changing Norms and the Census Racial Identification Question.”

Wendy Roth, University of Pennsylvania, “What dimension of race does the Census measure?”

How Not to Destroy the World with AI

*Event has been canceled

Stuart Russell, UC Berkeley
March 11, 2020 11am – 1pm
UCLA Ackerman Grand Ballroom

Stuart Russell received his B.A. in physics from Oxford University in 1982 and his Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford in 1986. He then joined the faculty of UC Berkeley, where he is Professor (and formerly Chair) of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences and the founding Director of the Center for Human-Compatible AI. He is the recipient of many honors, including the IJCAI Computers and Thought Award, the Mitchell Prize of the American Statistical Association, the AAAI Feigenbaum Prize, Outstanding Educator Awards from both ACM and AAAI, the Chaire Blaise Pascal (2012-2014), and the Andrew Carnegie Fellowship (2019-2021). He is also an Honorary Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford, and an Associate Fellow of the Royal Institute for International Affairs (Chatham House). His movie “Slaughterbots” received the coveted Golden Dolphin award at Cannes in the viral category.

Stuart’s book “Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach” (with Peter Norvig) is well known in AI; it has been translated into 14 languages and is used in over 1450 universities in 128 countries. His research covers almost all subfields of AI, with a focus on probabilistic reasoning and machine learning. His current concerns include the threat of autonomous weapons and the long-term future of artificial intelligence and its relation to humanity. The latter topic is the subject of his new book, “Human Compatible: AI and the Problem of Control “(Viking/Penguin, 2019), as well as this lecture.

Population Statistics Journal Club

February 25, 2020
4335 Public Affairs Building

A journal club to discuss measuring intersectional and structural racism, further with a lens on structural bias and how statistical models can be developed/adjusted to partner with the research being developed in other areas such as public health and racism.
Faculty sponsors: Chandra Ford and Gilbert Gee

Homelessness M4H UCLA/VA

Organizers: Randall Kuhn and Till von Wachter
February 3, 2020
4240 Public Affairs Building

The goal of this workshop is to share information among a broad group of investigators who are employing mobile technology to study persons who have experienced homelessness. Projects discussed will include studies of homelessness among Veterans and non-Veterans. Presented projects will range from early-stage studies that are in progress to completed studies, including those that use mobile technology for active survey and assessment as well as studies using passive data collection, such as GPS. The structure of the workshop will provide ample opportunity for discussion across members of different research teams and agencies. It is hoped that the workshop will lead to sharing research methods and substantive collaborations.

CEGA-EASST Scholars from East Africa

Organizers: Manisha Shah and Daniel Posner
November 14, 2019
4240 Public Affairs Building

EASST invites East African researchers to apply for a 4-month fellowship at UC Berkeley to build skills in rigorous social science research and impact evaluation–these are the fellows who won this fellowship. Each scholar will present on the following topics;
“Impact of Supportive Supervision and Behavior Change Communication to improve the quality of malaria care and data management in Uganda.” Ronald Mulebeke (EASST fellow), Research Fellow at Makerere School of Public Health.
“The Impact of Secondary School Certificate on Income, Teen Pregnancy and Cognitive Performance in Tanzania.” Christina Fille (EASST fellow), Lecturer at the Institute of Social Work in Tanzania
“Effects of Vocational Education Training on labour productivity: an RCT in Northern Uganda.” Esau Tugume (BRAC fellow), Research Associate at BRAC Uganda

Big Data for Big Social Issues

August 1, 2019
Neuroscience Research Building Auditorium

Keynote Speaker: Prof. John Friedman, Brown University

“Income Inequality and Social Mobility: What Can We Learn from Big Data?

A defining feature of the American Dream is upward income mobility — the ideal that children have equal opportunities to succeed in life, regardless of the circumstances of their birth. Prof. Friedman will discuss his research using large administrative datasets to uncover where opportunity lacks in America, and what policymakers and civic leaders can do about it to revive the American Dream for future generations.

Summer Institute in Computational Social Science Panel
“Is Sociology a Female Preserve? Evidence from Online Scholarly Network. “ Weijun Yuan et al, Graduate Student UC Irvine Sociology
“Distributing of Mental Health Services Availability in Neighborhoods.” Joyce Hoi Ling Lui et al, Postdoctoral Fellow, UCLA Psychology
“Transferring Made Easy (TiME).” Yawen Yu et al, Graduate Student UCLA Education
“Are Both Policemen and Policewomen Police Officers? Machine-learning the Gendered Meanings of Occupations.” Alina Areseniev-Koehler, Graduate Student UCLA Sociology
“Safety for Whom? Assessing the Convergence of Local Police and Immigration Enforcement on Bureaucratic Efficiency and Racial Discrimination.” Marcel Roman, Graduate Student UCLA Political Science

Summer Institute in Computational Science Panel Presentation

June 21, 2019
Luskin Conference Center Laureate Room

Digital Demography: Prof. Dennis Feehan, UC Berkeley and Prof. Ka-Yuet Liu, UCLA
Computational Causal Inference: Prof. Judea Pearl, UCLA and Prof. Sam Pimentel, UC Berkeley

Summer Institute in Computational Social Science

June 17 – 28, 2019
4240 Public Affairs Building

The purpose of the Summer Institute is to bring together graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and early career faculty interested in computational social science. The Summer Institute is open to both social scientists (broadly conceived) and data scientists (broadly conceived).

The Second Sexual & Gender Minority Research Workshop

Organizer: Ilan Meyer
February 22, 2019
UCLA Faculty Center

The target audience for the Workshop is students, post-docs, and early investigators. Participants will learn about the NIH structure and grant processes, meet NIH Program Officers and extramural researchers who have been successful at obtaining NIH funding, and network with others interested in SGM-related health research.

Binational workshop on planning in Mexico and California

Organizer: Paavo Monkkonen
February 8, 2019
4240 Public Affairs Building

The Luskin Latin American Cities Initiative ( ) is hosting a workshop on urban planning this Friday, February 8th from 10:00am to 2:00pm. The main objective of the workshop is to compare the roles of Federal and State entities in local planning efforts both in Mexico and California, and to begin a collaboration between cities. We will have planning representatives from the cities of Los Angeles, Compton, academics from UC Irvine and UC Davis, a representative of the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, and the director of the APA Los Angeles Chapter. We will also have the participation of the current directors of IMPLANes (Municipal Planning Institutes) from Mexicali, Tijuana, Ensenada, as well as the Executive Director of the Mexican Association of Planning Institutes (AMIMP), and a representative from SEDATU. Half of the presentations will be in Spanish.

Replication and Reproducibility in Social Sciences and Statistics: Context, Concerns, and Concrete Measures”

Lars Vilhuber, Cornell University, Labor Dynamics Institute and Department of Economics
American Economic Association – Data Editor Journal of Privacy and Confidentiality – Managing Editor
January 28, 2019
4240 Public Affairs Building

Replicability is at the core of the scientific enterprise. In the past 30 years, recurring concerns about the extent of replicability (or lack thereof) of the research in various disciplines have surfaced, including in economics. In this talk, I describe the context in which the current discussion in the social science is occurring: what are the definitions of replicability and reproducibility, what is failing, and to what extent. I discuss the currents state in economics as an example: to what extent is this a problem, what are the approaches that are being considered, and what are the possible broader implications of those approaches. Finally, I discuss the concrete measures that are being implemented under my guidance at the American Economic Association, and that are being discussed in the broader social science community. The solutions to these problems will change the way research will be taught and conducted, in economics in particular, and in the social sciences more broadly. The implications affect undergraduate and graduate teaching, research infrastructure, and habits.

Information Session – Census Data & German Data

Till von Wachter
November 27, 2018
9383 Bunche Hall

Information session on data available at the Census Research Data Center (RDC) at UCLA and how to access it. data availability of five types of confidential government data available in the RDC
Business Data (Economic Census, Annual Survey of Manufactures, Longitudinal Foreign Trade Transactions Database, Commodity Flow Survey, Business Research and Development and Innovation Survey)
Individual Data (CPS and SIPP merged to longitudinal earnings records, Decennial Census and American Community Survey with neighborhood IDs)
Administrative Data (Longitudinal Business Database, Longitudinal Employer-Household Database, Census Numident, UMETRICS).
Health and Injury Data (Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses, National Health Interview Survey)
Justice Data (National Crime Victimization Survey)
See I will also talk about how to write a proposal for Census Data, and the typical duration to data access.
In addition, I will talk about administrative and survey German data available on firms, employment, and unemployment on campus. This data is quite rich, and relatively easily accessible:
Worker-firm data (matched employer-employee panel covering over 35 years)
Unemployment insurance and training data (daily unemployment spell data, data on labor market programs, data on welfare receipt)
Survey data on workers with administrative firm and worker data (e.g., National Educational Panel Study, refugee survey, mental health at work survey)
Survey data on firms linked with administrative
and worker data (e.g., structure of earnings survey, management and organizational practices survey) See for more information.

CEGA-EASST Scholars from East Africa

Organizers: Manisha Shah and Daniel Posner
November 26, 2018
4240 Public Affairs Building

EASST invites East African researchers to apply for a 4-month fellowship at UC Berkeley to build skills in rigorous social science research and impact evaluation–these are the fellows who won this fellowship. Each scholar will present on the following topics;
Apollo Maima: Assistant Professor at USIA, Kenya
“Mistreatment of Pneumonia and Rapid Diagnostic Tests: Experimental Evidence from the Siaya County, Kenya”
Getachew Kassa: Senior Lecturer at Debre Markos University, Ethiopia
“Effect of Behavioral Intervention Program to reduce HIV related Sexual Risk Behaviors and Sexually Transmitted Disease among University Students in Northwest Ethiopia: A Randomized Controlled Trial”
Werner Maokola: Program Officer at Ministry of Health, Tanzania
“Overview of quasi-experimental analytical approaches using evaluation of Isoniazid Preventive Therapy among People Living with HIV in Tanzania”

Introducing the Brazilian Longitudinal Study of Aging (ELSI-Brasil)

Organizers: James Macinko and Hiram Beltran-Sanchez

October 31, 2018
4240 Public Affairs Building
Fabíola Bof de Andrade, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Instituto de Pesquisas René Rachou, Brazil & James Macinko, UCLA
This seminar will provide an introduction to the newest study in the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) family, the Brazilian Longitudinal Study of Aging. The speakers will describe the overall study design and the main topics covered, highlight results from the baseline survey, and discuss how to obtain and use the survey data. All interested faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend.

Trans-Pacific Labor Seminar

Organizer: Till von Wachter
October 21-22, 2018
4240 Public Affairs Building

The Trans-Pacific Labor Seminar is part of a conference series that brings together Japanese and U.S. economics scholars. The idea is to foster trans-pacific exchange and collaboration, and usually half of the participants are from Japan and half are U.S. based. The conference is co-sponsored by the International Institute, the Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies, the Social Science Division, the Vice Chancellor for Research Office, and the Japanese Government

California Center for Population Research 20th Anniversary Research Symposium

October 12th, 2018
Covel Commons, UCLA
The California Center for Population Research (CCPR) at UCLA was founded in 1998, and thus celebrates its 20-year anniversary in 2018. This is a full day conference covering various topics related to population studies. CCPR Alumna from all over the country will present their current work.

California Center for Population Research 20th Anniversary Reception

October 11, 2018
Fowler Museum, UCLA
Speakers: Randall Kuhn, Anne Pebley, Meredith Phillips, Michael Lens, Moshe Buchinsky, Till von Wachter

The Trouble with Pink and Blue, Gender expression, stigma, and health among U.S. children and adolescents

Allegra Gordon, SCD, MPH, Research Scientist, Boston Children’s Hospital & Instructor, Department of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
September 19th, 2018
4240 Public Affairs Building

Dr. Gordon will offer a conceptual model for understanding gender expression and health and illustrate this model with examples from recent research on gender nonconformity, school-based violence and bullying, and selected health outcomes in samples of U.S. high school students and young adults.

Sampling Hidden Populations: Respondent Driven Sampling

Dr. Henry F. Raymond
Associate Prof. of Epidemiology, Rutgers University & Associate Prof. of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, UC San Francisco
June 18th, 2018
4240 Public Affairs Building

Dr. Raymond will discuss the background and implementation of Respondent Driven Sampling (RDS) studies which is wide use among hidden populations the world over. He will review the theoretical basis of RDS including what biases RDS analysis corrects for. Dr. Raymond will share some examples of RDS analysis using RDS Analyst.

Partnership UCLA Russian Delegation

Organizers: Dora Costa, Economics Department
June 5-7, 2018
4240 Public Affairs Building
Through mutually beneficial partnerships-with our alumni and friends in the professional world, government agencies, and community organizations-the College of Letters & Science has long paved the way for continued leadership, impact and excellence. We have successfully consolidated and strengthened these partnerships, through Partnership UCLA.

Joint Seminar Contemporary Cambodia & Genocide Film Screening and discussion “Angkar”

Organizers: Patrick Heuveline and Geoff Robinson
May 30th, 2018
4240 Public Affairs Building
Senior seminar will screen film titled “Angkar”. This is a joint effort between Prof. Patrick Heuveline, Sociology and Prof. Geoff Robinson, History. Discussion to follow film screening.

Homelessness Workshop

Organizers: Randall Kuhn and Till von Wachter
May 21-24, 2018
4240 Public Affairs Building

In Los Angeles County, homelessness is a crisis affecting productivity, safety and health, including that of UCLA students and staff. While individual research groups at UCLA are addressing this crisis, UCLA lacks a coordinated response in terms of research or student awareness. To galvanize transdisciplinary research and training, we propose a one-week residency by Prof. Dennis Culhane of the University of Pennsylvania.

CEGA-EASST Scholars from East Africa

Organizers: Manisha Shah and Daniel Posner
March 16, 2018
4240 Public Affairs Building

EASST invites East African researchers to apply for a 4-month fellowship at UC Berkeley to build skills in rigorous social science research and impact evaluation–these are the fellows who won this fellowship. Each scholar will present on the following topics;
Samuel Muhula: Monitoring, Evaluation and Research Manager at Amref Health Africa, from Kenya, “Social Dynamics and HIV Treatment Retention: Can Non-monetary Incentives and Facility-Based Psychosocial Support Improve Patients’ Retention in the Early Stages of HIV Care?”
Danish Us Salam: Senior Research Associate at BRAC Uganda, from Pakistan
“Play & Learn – Using Intramural Sports to tackle Health and Educational Outcomes in Sierra Leone”
Patrick Okello: Research Fellow at BRAC Uganda, from Uganda
“The Unemployment Problem and the Informal Economy: Can Evaluative Conditioning Increase Labor Market Engagement?”

Graduate Student Workshop on Refugee Movements and Refugee Policy

Organizer: Roger Waldinger
February 15, 2018
4240 Public Affairs Building
The UCLA Center for the Study of International Migration invites graduate student applicants for an-all day workshop on Refugee Movements and Refugee Policy. Immediately preceding a one day conference on the same topic, the workshop is designed to take advantage of the presence of an international and interdisciplinary group of refugee scholars to provide graduate-level instruction on this essential topic, but one that is rarely addressed by courses offered on our campus.

Diversion in the Criminal Justice System: Regression Discontinuity Evidence on Court Deferrals

Kevin Schnepel, University of Sydney, School of Economics
January 18, 2018
4240 Public Affairs Building

The historically unprecedented size of the U.S. criminal justice system has necessitated the development of diversion programs to reduce caseloads as a cost containment strategy. Court deferrals, which allow felony defendants to avoid formal convictions through probation, are one example. Using two discontinuities in deferral rates in Harris County, Texas, separated by 13 years, we find consistent evidence that diversion reduces reoffending and unemployment among first-time felony defendants. Similar benefits are not observed for repeat offenders suggesting felony record stigma as a key mechanism. Young, African American men drive the total effect, a pattern consistent with over-targeting by law enforcement.

Using Smartphones and Wearables for Public Health Insight: A Hands-On Introduction

Nathaniel Osgood, University of Saskatchewan
December 13th, 2017
CHS 61-269

Acquisition of evidence-based understanding of human health behavior and exposure to environments forms a central focus of health research, and a critical prerequisite for effective health policy. The use of mobile devices to study health behavior via cross-linked sensor data and on-device self-reporting and crowdsourcing offer compelling advantages to complement traditional techniques. Data collected on such devices can be particularly powerful in supporting understanding of health behaviors in areas where accurate self-reporting is difficult, including nutritional intake, physical activity and sedentary behaviour, and exposures to physical and social environments. Through structured surveys and crowdsourcing mechanisms, such devices can further provide potent means of gaining insight into knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and perceptions in health areas. Finally, while little explored, some of the most powerful uses of such day lie in terms of understanding the particular causal pathways impacted by interventions. This hands-on talk will provide public health researchers and practitioners with a high-level introduction to the motivation, state-of-the-art in and tools for use of mobile data collection in public health. Topics touched on include elements of motivation, study design, behavioral ethics concerns and needs, data collection systems requiring low technical involvement, and analysis. Participants will be invited to experience a state-of-the-art and widely used mobile data collection system during the talk that illustrates many of the principles discussed.

The Dynamic Modeling for Health in the Age of Big Data

Nathaniel Osgood, University of Saskatchewan
December 12th, 2017
4240 Public Affairs Bldg.
Traditional approaches to public health concerns have conferred great advances in the duration and quality of life. Public health interventions – from improved sanitation efforts, to vaccination campaigns, to contact tracing and environmental regulations – have helped reduce common risks to health throughout many areas of the world. Unfortunately, while traditional methods from the health sciences have proven admirably suited for addressing traditional challenges, a troubling crop of complex health challenges confront the nation and the world, and threaten to stop – and even reverse the – rise in length and quality of life that many have taken for granted. Examples include multi-factorial problems such as obesity and obesity-related chronic disease, the spread of drug-resistant and rapidly mutating pathogens that evade control efforts, and “syndemics” of mutually reinforcing health conditions (such as Diabetes and TB; substance abuse, violence and HIV/AIDS; obesity & stress). Such challenges have proven troublingly policy resistant, with interventions being thwarted by “blowback” from the complex feedbacks involved, and attendant costs threaten to overwhelm health care systems. In the face of such challenges public health decision makers are increasingly supplementing their toolbox using “system science” techniques. Such methods – also widely known as “complex systems approaches” – provide a way to understand a system’s behavior as a whole and as more than the sum of its parts, and a means of anticipating and managing the behavior of a system in more judicious and proactive fashion. However, such approaches offer substantially greater insight and power when combined with rich data sources. Within this talk, we will highlight the great promise afforded by combining of Systems Science techniques and rich data sources, particularly emphasizing the role of cross-linking models with “big data” offering high volume, velocity, variety and veracity. Examples of such data include fine-grained temporal and spatial information collected by smartphone-based and wearable as well as building and municipal sensors, data from social media posts and search behaviour, helpline calls, website accesses and rich cross-linked databases. Decision-oriented models grounded by such novel data sources can allow for articulated theory building regarding difficult-to-observe aspects of human behavior. Such models can also aid in informing evaluation of and judicious selection between sophisticated interventions to lessen the health burden of a wide variety of health conditions. Such models are particularly powerful when complemented by machine learning and computational statistics techniques that permit recurrent model regrounding in the newest evidence, and which allow a model to knit together holistic portrait of the system as a whole, and which support grounded investigation of between intervention strategies tradeoffs.

Patrick Bajari, Vice President & Chief Economist Amazon

UCLA Department of Economics
Master of Applied Economics Distinguished Speaker Series
Monday, October 30, 2017
3:30pm – 5:00pm
Korn Convocation Hall Room C314

2017 Federal Statistical Research Data Center Annual Conference

September 13-14, 2017
4240 Public Affairs Building

The California Census Research Data Center (CCRDC) at University of California Los Angeles invites proposals to present papers and posters at the 2017 Federal Statistical Research Data Center Annual Conference. We also will consider proposals for workshops and panel discussions.

UCLA – HKUST International Symposium on Segregation & Neighborhood Effects

June 6th 2017, 9:00 AM – 5:15 PM
UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate
Symposium Agenda:
1) Segregation in the United States and its Global Impact. Discussant: Michael Lens, UCLA.
2) New Measures and New Impacts: Segregation in the United States. Discussant: Anne Pebley, UCLA.
3) International Experiences. Discussant: Min Zhou, UCLA

Research Ethics: The Use of Big Data

May 31st 2017
4240 Public Affairs Building

Panelist: Christina Palmer, CGC, PhD Professor, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, and Genetics, UCLA,
Irene Pasquetto Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Information Studies, UCLA
Sean Young, PhD, Associate Professor Executive Director University of California Institute for Prediction Technology (UCIPT), Department of Family Medicine, UCLA
The use of big data has become increasingly common in social and health research, raising a series of new and difficult questions about research ethics. In this informal workshop, a panel of investigators using big data for their research will describe issues that they have faced and other potential problems.

Political Sociology and the Global South Student Conference: Interdisciplinary Insights from the Global South

May 5th 2017
4240 Public Affairs Building

The UCLA Political Sociology and the Global South Working Group in collaboration with the Institute on Inequality and Democracy invites abstract submissions for an interdisciplinary graduate student conference. We welcome submissions from graduate students across the UCLA campus.

West Coast Experiments Conference, UCLA 2017

Chad Hazlett, Judea Pearl, Rodrigo Pinto, and Manisha Shah
April 23-25, 2017
UCLA Campus
The WCE is an annual conference that brings together leading scholars and graduate students in economics, political science and other social sciences who share an interest in causal identification broadly speaking. Now in its tenth year, the WCE is a venue for methodological instruction and debate over design-based and observational methods for causal inference, both theory and applications.
The speakers are Judea Pearl, Rosa Matzkin, Niall Cardin, Angus Deaton, Chris Auld, Jeff Wooldridge, Ed Leamer, Karim Chalak, Rodrigo Pinto, Clark Glymour, Elias Barenboim, Adam Glynn, and Karthika Mohan.

NBER Cohort Studies Meeting

April 15-16, 2017
4240 Public Affairs Building

CCPR is hosting the annual NBER Cohort Studies meeting which brings together researchers from different fields interested in aging related issues or in methodologies applicable to aging and has set the seeds for synergistic relationships between economists, sociologists, demographers, psychologists, epidemiologists, and MDs. The meeting is funded in part by an NIH conference grant through NBER.

UCLA Faculty-to-Faculty Forum: After the 2016 Election: Separation of Powers, Institutions, Social Movements, and the Media

January 26th 2017
4240 Public Affairs Building

This forum is an opportunity for UCLA faculty to discuss the potential consequences of the 2016 presidential and congressional election for key elements of the American political and legal system, in an informal setting. Please bring your own lunch. Light refreshments will be served. Due to anticipated demand and space constraints, this forum is limited to UCLA faculty members.
Organized by Anne Pebley (Fielding School of Public Health and Dept. of Sociology) and Mark Peterson (Depts. of Political Science and Public Policy).
Joel Aberbach, Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, and Director of the Center for American Politics and Public Policy
Laura Gómez, Interim Dean of the Division of Social Sciences and Professor of Law
Darnell Hunt, Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology, and Director, Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies
Mark Peterson, Professor of Public Policy, Political Science, and Law, and Chair, Department of Public Policy
Lynn Vavreck, Professor of Political Science and Communication Studies and a contributing columnist to The New York Times
Edward Walker, Associate Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Sociology

2016 Southern California Symposium on Network Economics and Game Theory

Organizer: Jacob Foster
November 4-5, 2016
4240 Public Affairs Building

This symposium brings together students, professors, and researchers from Southern California who use game theory to analyze, design, and assess the performance of networks. We hope to highlight connections between research areas and stimulate conversations about the benefits and limitations of game theory as a tool for understanding networked systems. Our community is interested in both the application of game theory to networking problems and in the development of novel game-theoretic methods; we also have a broader interest in learning, mechanism design, and network science.

Innovative Sampling Approaches for Hard to Reach Populations: Design of a National Probability Study of Lesbians, Gay Men, Bisexuals, and Transgender Peoples and Network Sampling of Hard to Reach Populations

Ilan Meyer & Mark Handcock
May 27 2016
4240 Public Affairs Building

Dr. Meyer is Principal Investigator of the Generations and TransPop Surveys. Generations is a survey of a nationally representative sample of 3 generations of lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals. TransPop is the first national probability sample survey of transgender individuals in the United States. Both studies attempt to obtain large nationally representative samples of hard to reach populations. Dr. Meyer will review sampling issues with LGBT populations and speak on the importance of measuring population health of LGBTs and the underlying aspects in designing a national probability survey.
From a contrasting perspective, the field of Survey Methodology is facing many challenges. The general trend of declining response rates is making it harder for survey researchers to reach their intended population of interest using classical survey sampling methods.
In the follow-up Brown Bag Lunch, led by Mark S. Handcock, participants will discuss statistical challenges and approaches to sampling hard to reach populations. Transgenders, for example, are a rare and stigmatized population. If the transgender community exhibits networked social behavior, then network sampling methods may be useful approaches that compliment classical survey methods.
Participants are encouraged to speak on ideas of statistical methods for surveys.

NBER Cohort Studies Meeting

April 15-16, 2016
4240 Public Affairs Building

CCPR is hosting the annual NBER Cohort Studies meeting which brings together researchers from different fields interested in aging related issues or in methodologies applicable to aging and has set the seeds for synergistic relationships between economists, sociologists, demographers, psychologists, epidemiologists, and MDs. The meeting is funded in part by an NIH conference grant through NBER.