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September 2015

All California Labor Economics Conference 2015

September 17, 2015 - September 18, 2015
UCLA Carnesale Commons

The All-California Labor Economics Conference (ACLEC) brings together the top labor economists in California annually to present recent research. This year’s conference will be hosted by UCLA on Thursday, September 17 and Friday, September 18. Leah Boustan (Economics) and Sarah Reber (Public Policy) are co-organizing. The local planning committee consists of Leah Boustan, Sarah Reber, Manisha Shah, Till von Wachter and Wes Yin, all CCPR affiliates.   http://aclec2015.luskin.ucla.edu/#program

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October 2015

So you want to be a researcher? Principles and practical data tools to help you fly transparently

October 16, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm PDT
SSC Computing Lab 2400, Public Affairs Building
Los Angeles, 90095 United States

Researchers go through fundamental steps in a data analysis project. This workshop highlights key steps in a data analyst's workflow and encourages transparency in each of the steps. Throughout this workshop, we go through hands on exercises that integrate: a transparency engine, obtaining federal API data, producing useful intermediate data structures, and sharing analysis results. We will use and Stata.

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November 2015

Reproducibility of Statistical Results

November 13, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PST
CCPR Seminar Room, 4240 Public Affairs Building
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States

Presented By: Mark S. Handcock (Professor, Statistics) Jeffrey B. Lewis (Professor, Political Science) Marc A. Suchard (Professor, Biomathematics, Biostatistics and Human Genetics)   Reproducibility is one of the main principles of the scientific method. This panel of scholars will discuss issues in the importance of replication of statistical results. Increasing attention is being paid to improve reporting and hence reproducibility in the social and medical sciences. This panel will discuss some key concerns in study replication, initiatives for increasing replication,…

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December 2015

NBER Cohort Studies Data Users Conference

December 11, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm PST
CCPR Seminar Room, 4240 Public Affairs Building
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States

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.

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January 2016

China Multigenerational Panel Datasets Workshop

January 6, 2016 - January 8, 2016
CCPR Seminar Room, 4240 Public Affairs Building
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States

Co-sponsored with Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), the workshop will feature the China Multigenerational Panel Dataset-Shuangcheng (CMGPD-SC), the release of which is nearing completing, as well as the previously released China Multigenerational Panel Dataset-Liaoning (CMGPD-LN).

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March 2016

Completing an IRB application: Common mistakes and solutions.

March 4, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PST
CCPR Seminar Room, 4240 Public Affairs Building
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States

Todd Franke

Professor and Chair

Department of Social Welfare

UCLA - Luskin School of Public Affairs

About: This presentation will briefly go through the initial application process, amendments and continuing reviews with a focus on working with the IRB and the understandable but common mistakes in completing the various applications. It will include information on the process of obtaining and renewing CITI training for both PI’s and Faculty Sponsors.

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April 2016

Practical GIS for Demography

April 8, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm PDT
CCPR Seminar Room, 4240 Public Affairs Building
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States

Content: Geographically referenced data sets are becoming increasingly common.

In spatial analysis of demographic data, three common spatial indices are used: points, lines, and polygons. Through interspersed hands on exercises, we will: obtain, shape, and visualize demographic data over space. We will briefly discuss the motivation for incorporating geographic association into downstream models.

Below is an example of what we will produce with

1) Obtain GPS locations of In-N-Out's obtained from the Google Radar API

2) Compute their generated Voronoi Tesselation to address spatial competition

3) Aggregate Census 2010 tract-level population counts into these competing geographies

No background knowledge of will be required. The exercises are introductory. We will also highlight alternative software tools to achieve similar goals, such as GrassGIS and Stata

VIEW PODCAST HERE!

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NBER Cohort Studies Meeting

April 15, 2016 - April 16, 2016
CCPR Seminar Room, 4240 Public Affairs Building
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States

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.

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May 2016

Preparing for the Job Market

May 6, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PDT
CCPR Seminar Room, 4240 Public Affairs Building
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States

About: Panel of speakers will focus on key points and tips for graduate students preparing for the job market both in academia and the private sector.

Devin Bunten (Ph. D candidate, Economics)

Prof. Siwei Cheng (Assistant Professor, UCLA Sociology)

Mieke Eeckhaut (CCPR Postdoc)

Rosanna Smart (Ph. D candidate, Economics)

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Ilan H. Meyer & Mark S. Handcock, UCLA

May 27, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm PDT
CCPR Seminar Room, 4240 Public Affairs Building
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States

"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"


Speakers:

Ilan H. Meyer, Williams Distinguished Senior Scholar for Public Policy at the Williams Institute

Mark S. Handcock, Professor of Statistics at UCLA and Director of the Center for Social Statistics


Description:


Come for the exciting seminar then stay for the free lunch and discussion. A seminar led by Ilan H. Meyer followed immediately by a Brown Bag Lunch led by Mark S. Handcock.

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 followup 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.

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October 2016

So you want to be a researcher? Principles and practical data tools to help you fly transparently

October 7, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm PDT
CCPR Seminar Room, 4240 Public Affairs Building
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States

Content: Researchers go through fundamental steps in a data analysis project. This workshop highlights key steps in a data analyst's workflow and encourages transparency in each of the steps. Throughout this workshop, we go through hands on exercises that integrate: a transparency engine, obtaining federal API data, producing useful intermediate data structures, and sharing analysis results. We will use Jupyter notebook for literate coding and if time allows demonstrate the Rstudio environment for reproducible development.

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[Workshop] Accessing & Safeguarding Administrative Data at the CCPR: The Census RDC & German Data Center

October 19, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PDT
CCPR Seminar Room, 4240 Public Affairs Building
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States

Instructor: Professor Till von Wachter Please join us at this workshop to learn more about the Census Research Data Center and German Data Center. Learn more about how to access and safeguard data stored at these secured data centers. Powerpoint Presentation

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February 2017

Brown Bag on Web Scraping Essentials: Bring Your Own Lunch + Website

February 8, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PST
CCPR Seminar Room, 4240 Public Affairs Building
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States

Brown Bag on Web Scraping Essentials: Bring Your Own Lunch + Website Presenter: Mike Tzen Abstract: In this bring your own lunch brown bag, we’ll discuss the essentials of getting data through web scraping. Most importantly, we’ll jump straight into ‘CSS Selectors’ as it's the key ingredient in telling computers how to surf the web like a human. Along with lunch, feel free to bring an example website that we can explore with. Hopefully, with the new knowledge and a…

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High Performance Computing for Demographers

February 15, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PST
CCPR Seminar Room, 4240 Public Affairs Building
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States

Presenters: Edward Moss  Assistant Director for Computing Services California Center for Population Research Mike Tzen  Assistant Director for Statistics and Methods Services California Center for Population Research    Data analysis of large and highly complex datasets is extremely resource intensive, and inadequate computing resources can cause data analysis to slow to a crawl if it’s even able to be performed at all. Remotely accessing a high performance computing platform provides access to analysis resources that likely far exceed those of…

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May 2017

Analysis of Complex Surveys using R and Stata

May 19, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PDT
CCPR Seminar Room, 4240 Public Affairs Building
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States

Instructors: Michael Tzen, CCPR UCLA Andy Lin, IDRE UCLA Location: May 19, 2017 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm 4240 Public Affairs Building Abstract: In this workshop, attendees will learn how to analyze survey data while accounting for its complex survey design. Using both the R and Stata software packages, we will demonstrate how to specify the survey design, impute any missing data, and analyze the survey outcomes of interest. We will discuss how our downstream "analysis" steps are related to…

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Research Ethics: The Use of Big Data

May 31, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PDT
CCPR Seminar Room, 4240 Public Affairs Building
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States

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.  As background to this workshop, you may want to read: http://bdes.datasociety.net/council-output/perspectives-on-big-data-ethics-and-society/ Kramer ADI, Guillory JE and Hancock JT (2014) Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks. Proceedings of the…

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June 2017

Fragile Families Challenge: Getting Started Workshop

June 2, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm PDT
CCPR Seminar Room, 4240 Public Affairs Building
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States

“Fragile Families Challenge: Getting Started Workshop” Ian Lundberg Ph.D. Student, Sociology and Social Policy,  Princeton University The Fragile Families Challenge is a scientific mass collaboration that combines predictive modeling, causal inference, and in-depth interviews in order to learn more about the lives of disadvantaged children. Fragile Families Challenge builds on the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study that has been running for about 20 years. The Fragile Families research team has been following about 5,000 families----collecting information about them and their environment…

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October 2017

CCPR Grant Writing Workshop Session I: Planning an NIH grant proposal

October 11, 2017
CCPR Seminar Room, 4240 Public Affairs Building
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States

Grant Writing Workshop Series:
The workshop will include an overview of the basics, including NIH funding mechanisms, types of grant programs (we will focus on the R series with some discussion of K series), finding a funding opportunity (FOA): Parent Announcements, Program Announcements (PAs) vs. Request for Applications (RFAs) Administrative and other supplements Roles on a grant (PI, Co-PI, Co-Investigator, others), the process of preparing NIH proposals, identifying NIH institute (NIH matchmaker), working with NIH staff, due dates and the application to funding timeline, applications & resubmissions.

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Workshop: Useful R 4 Stata Users Brown Bag

October 13, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PDT
CCPR Seminar Room, 4240 Public Affairs Building
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States

"R 4 Stata Users"

This workshop is a brown bag forum. Participants are encouraged to bring in tangible questions they wish to explore using R. To serve as a background road map, the instructor will provide an abbreviated sample of what he thinks are the most useful features of R. However, the goal is to have participants ask questions that the collective group can figure out using R. Any R question is fair game, for example: questions about fundamental R concepts or even questions about how to run Stata-equivalent R commands. Participants will be provided access to Rstudio, so please bring a laptop.

This CCPR brown-bag is intended to be an open forum that complements the 3 great resources below. Please see the resources, especially the first one.

1) 10 minute demo: interactive call–response slideshow of R basics
http://tryr.codeschool.com/

2) Worked out examples from a UCLA IDRE workshop on R concepts
https://stats.idre.ucla.edu/r/seminars/intro/

3) R 4 Data Science e-book
http://r4ds.had.co.nz/

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CCPR Grant Writing Workshop Session II: The NIH application review – What to expect? What to plan for?

October 18, 2017
CCPR Seminar Room, 4240 Public Affairs Building
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States

The workshop will include an overview of the review process, Center for Scientific Review, identifying a peer review “study section”, and the peer review process.

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Tips on Giving Effective PAA Presentations, Job Talks, and the Like

October 18, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm PDT
CCPR Seminar Room, 4240 Public Affairs Building
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States

"Tips on Giving Effective PAA Presentations, Job Talks, and the Like:  a Discussion Led by Prof. Donald J. (Don) Treiman"

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Workshop: Transparent Data Analysis Workflow

October 20, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm PDT
CCPR Seminar Room, 4240 Public Affairs Building
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States

Instructor: Michael Tzen PLEASE BRING A PERSONAL LAPTOP Content: Researchers go through fundamental steps in a data analysis project. This workshop highlights key steps in a data analyst's workflow and encourages transparency in each of the steps. Throughout this workshop, we go through hands on exercises that integrate: a transparency engine, obtaining federal API data, producing useful intermediate data structures, and sharing analysis results. We will use Jupyter notebook for literate coding and if time allows demonstrate the Rstudio environment…

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CCPR Grant Writing Workshop Session III: Writing the scientific portions with the reviewers in mind

October 25, 2017
CCPR Seminar Room, 4240 Public Affairs Building
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States

The workshop will include an overview of scored review criteria: Significance, investigators, innovation, approach, and environment, abstract, specific aims, biosketch/ personal statement, and environment.

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November 2017

CCPR Grant Writing Workshop Session IV

November 1, 2017
CCPR Seminar Room, 4240 Public Affairs Building
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States

The workshop will include an overview of significance vs. innovation and approach.

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CCPR Grant Writing Workshop Session V

November 8, 2017
CCPR Seminar Room, 4240 Public Affairs Building
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States

The workshop will include an overview of approach (2), statistical analysis and power.

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CCPR Grant Writing Workshop Session VI: Preparing a Budget

November 15, 2017
CCPR Seminar Room, 4240 Public Affairs Building
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States

The workshop will include an overview of personnel time on the project, salaries and benefits, other than personnel services (OTPS), consultants, equipment, patient care, alterations and renovations, consortium/contractual costs, budget justification, direct/modified direct/indirect costs.

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CCPR Grant Writing Workshop Session VII: Regulatory Sections/ NIH grant application process at UCLA

November 29, 2017
CCPR Seminar Room, 4240 Public Affairs Building
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States

The workshop will include an overview of human subjects/UCLA IRB preaward, data sharing plan, multiple PI plan and clinical trials, Office of Contract and Grant Administration (OCGA), S2S Grants/Cayuse, E-pass and electronic submission, eDGE disclosure, submission deadlines to OCGA, and interacting with eRA Commons.

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February 2018

Ethical Issues in Public Presentations

February 7, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm PST
CCPR Seminar Room, 4240 Public Affairs Building
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States

Ethical Issues in Public Presentations

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April 2018

Workshop: Bayesian Concepts for Data Analysis

April 12, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PDT
4240 Public Affairs Bldg

"Workshop: Bayesian Concepts for Data Analysis"

Instructor: Michael Tzen

Content:
This 1 hour workshop will provide a sampling of introductory concepts for bayesian analysis. We will use Bayes Rule (and its implications) to think about data analysis. When used as a framework to model phenomenon, the analyst gets to work with 4 useful distributions: the prior, posterior, prior predictive, & posterior predictive. We will predict what clothing size 2Chainz wears. We'll also look at the Gompertz Rule from demography. In both examples, the bayesian framework allows us to clearly express the estimand, information from data, information from prior knowledge, and the estimator.

This workshop is the first of a two part series. The first workshop is conceptual while the second workshop will focus on software. The date for the second workshop is TBD.

Please RSVP Here:

https://goo.gl/forms/CF4wuaobfqpug9Js1

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May 2018

Workshop: Bayesian Software for Data Analysis

May 17, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PDT
4240 Public Affairs Bldg

Instructor: Michael Tzen Content: We will implement the Gompertz Rule and the 2Chainz examples through software commands. Please bring a laptop. We will use the R package `brms` which provides a friendly front end to STAN. This workshop is the followup to Part 1: Bayesian Concepts for Data Analysis. The abstract and slides for part 1 are below. https://ucla.box.com/s/wof3yur9xs6ofqhirmr2k2op0fv9kj7s https://ccpr.ucla.edu/event/workshop-bayesian-concepts-for-data-analysis/

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