From the US Bureau of Labor Statistics:
“On Friday, January 17, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014. The Act provides $592.2 million in funding to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for the fiscal year (FY) 2014 that began October 1, 2013. This funding level is $21.6 million below the FY 2014 President’s Budget. In order to achieve the necessary savings for this funding level and protect core programs, the BLS is taking the steps listed below:”
1. Curtail the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW).
2. Curtail the International Price Program.
ICPSR Student Paper Competition:
The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) recently announced a competition for student papers on the topic of data curation. “This competition has the purpose of encouraging and highlighting exemplary student research on data curation, including, but not limited to, such topics as data management planning, supporting the data curation lifecycle, metadata, data confidentiality, preservation, and cost modeling.” The competition is open to current PhD, master’s, and under graduates, and to recent graduates (graduates prior to April 1, 2013 are not eligible). Entries are being accepted from member and non-member institutions, and from US and non-US students. The first prize award will be $1,000, and second prize is $750. The deadline for entries is May 30, 2014.
For additional information about the contest, including a full listing of entry requirements and submission details, go to:
From the Bureau of Labor Statistics:
The Bureau of Labor Statistics will be ending its support of Anonymous FTP Service effective March 2014. The BLS FTP site ftp://ftp.bls.gov/ will be replaced by a HTTP site called http://download.bls.gov/. The new HTTP site will host identical downloadable files as those available on the FTP site except for files located in the special.request directory. Please visit the program homepages at www.bls.gov for specifics on the availability of special request files. To ensure a smooth transition, BLS FTP users are strongly recommended to update any automated scripts and begin using the new HTTP site as soon as possible.
Note: The FTP site (ftp://ftp.bls.gov) will be shut down on February 28, 2014.
ICPSR is offering a free webinar on Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Resources for Health Research from ICPSR
Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. CST
Register online for this webinar (space is limited)
The webinar will provide information about the wide variety of health-related data available from ICPSR. We will describe the kinds of data and other resources housed in our archive, how you can access them, and the tools available for statistical analyses.
Directors of the following specialized archives at ICPSR will discuss their mission, archival holdings, and research resources:
- Data Sharing for Demographic Research (DSDR)
- Health and Medical Care Archive (HMCA)
- National Addiction & HIV Data Archive Program (NAHDAP)
- National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA)
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive (SAMHDA)
- Identify and describe data files available for secondary research
- Discuss online analysis tools
- Provide information on other health-related resources and tools available from these ICPSR archives
- Highlight training opportunities
This webinar is free and open to the public.
Late last month, the Census Bureau unveiled dwellr, a new mobile app aimed at matching individuals with their dream relocation venue.
The app offers a quiz of user preferences for their ideal living conditions (City or country? Bike or drive to work? Beach or mountains?) and then uses American Community Survey data to generate a list of top twenty-five best matches.
dwellr can also use the GPS feature in a user’s mobile device to pull up ACS data on their current location.
From the dwellr press release:
“With dwellr, people considering a move, homebuyers, travelers and military families can easily access and explore information on U.S. towns and cities based on data compiled through the American Community Survey,” Census Bureau Director John Thompson said. “With dwellr and our previously released America’s Economy app, the Census Bureau is using 21st century technology to accomplish our centuries-old mission to measure America and make the results accessible to the public anytime, anywhere on any device.”
From the IPUMS Project Team at the Minnesota Population Center:
IPUMS Research Award
This is the sixth annual award competition for research using the IPUMS microdata collection. Papers or publications submitted should utilize IPUMS-USA, IPUMS-CPS, IPUMS-International or IHIS data to study social, economic, and/or demographic processes.
Cash prizes will be awarded for:
- Best published work
- Best work by a graduate student, published or unpublished
Deadline for submissions is February 15, 2014. To submit your work, go to: https://www.pop.umn.edu/data-user-resources/award.
New IPUMS and other Minnesota Population Center Data
As previous DISC News posts have highlighted, ICPSR is accepting applications for their summer internship program for undergraduates and submissions for four research paper competitions ($1000 first prize each):
-RCMD Research Paper Competition
-IFSS Research Paper Competition
-The ICPSR Research Paper Competition
-The NAHDAP Research Paper Competition
With deadlines for both programs coming up at the end of January, ICPSR is holding a webinar on Monday December 2 to discuss these student research opportunities. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about what makes a good application and to ask past scholarship recipients and interns about their experiences. The session will be facilitated by Abay Israel, Program Manager at ICPSR.
The webinar is free and open to the public. Register to reserve your webinar seat online at
Title: 2014 Student Research Opportunities at ICPSR
Date: Monday, December 2, 2013
Time: 12:00 noon – 1:00 PM CST
From Scientific American, 12 November 2013:
It is not unusual for conservative politicians in the United States to question the value of social-science research. Studies of anything from global social networks to the history of conservation in South America have proved irresistible to Republicans keen to argue that funding would reap greater rewards elsewhere. But this year, researchers in the field received a sharp shock when those criticisms morphed into tangible restrictions.
“What’s different this time is they succeeded,” says Howard Silver, executive director of the Consortium of Social Science Associations. In March, Congress placed new limits on political-science research funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). And with powerful Republicans pushing to enact legislation that would restrict the NSF further, forcing it to support only research that serves the ‘national interest’, newly emboldened social scientists are gearing up for a fight.
Read more: Social Scientists Hit Back at NSF Grant Rules
Applications are being accepted for the 2014 ICPSR Summer Undergraduate Internship Program, an intensive, 10-week program (mid-June through mid-August) in Ann Arbor, Michigan, for students interested in social science research.
The ICPSR summer internship program provides undergraduate students with a research experience that includes supported exploration of a research query from start to finish, data management training, and focused methodological education in quantitative research. This prepares interns for capstone or senior thesis projects, graduate school, and/or research-based employment opportunities. The students, under the supervision of faculty mentors, develop a research question, perform a literature search and review, complete data analysis, and report findings in a poster; learn good data management processes and research practices with a research process mentor; and attend classes at the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods.
To complete the application form through the ICPSR online application portal, students must answer a few questions; upload a cover letter, resume, and list of relevant courses; and provide contact information for two recommending college faculty or staff members, or employer references. The recommendations must be completed through the ICPSRrecommendation portal.
The deadline for all materials is January 31, 2014.
The Educational and Social/Behavioral Science Institutional Review Board at UW-Madison offers a series of free sessions throughout the academic year on human subjects research and the IRB Process. On Wednesday Nov. 20 at 9am, the ED/SBS IRB offers IRB 601: Post Project Procedures – a new session that will address requirements of the PI and study team after a study is complete, including data retention requirements, PI responsibilities, and study team members leaving UW.
The focus of this presentation is on the procedures for the end of a research project, after the study is complete.
- Learn about campus policies governing data retention and research records storage.
- Learn about post approval monitoring and how to prepare for a site visit.
- Learn about what data can leave UW when a student moves to a new institution.
- Learn about the roles and responsibilities of a PI after data collection and analysis are complete.
There will be time available for Q & A with IRB staff. Bring your protocol, laptop and questions.
Registration is appreciated: Register At This Link