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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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