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- Best work by a graduate student, published or unpublished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
From Research Data Services at UW-Madison via the 2013-2014 Rebecca J. Holz Series in Research Data Management:
You’re Doing It Wrong! Data Retention and the Cloud
November 12, 2013, 12-1pm
1325 Health Sciences Learning Center
750 Highland Ave.
You have data, but do you know how long you should keep it? And where? You might be surprised by the answers. Dan Uhlrich, Associate Vice Chancellor of Research Policy, will discuss the Graduate School’s Policy on Data Stewardship, Access, and Retention and how it applies to you, and Judy Caruso, CIO Office Director of Policy and Planning, will discuss the legal aspects of using cloud storage services.
Please register for this FREE event here. Food will be provided.
The Rebecca J. Holz Series in Research Data is made possible by the generosity of UW-Madison School of Library and Information Studies, the UW-Madison General Library System, Ebling Library and the UW-Madison Division of Information Technology.
From the UW-Madison News:
A September workshop sponsored by the Center for the Demography and Health and Aging and the Center for Demography and Ecology, sought to bring UW-Madison biologists and social scientists together to explore the microbial dimensions of human health.
“Until recently, the biologists and the social scientists weren’t talking to each other,” explains Alberto Palloni, a professor of sociology and an organizer of the recent workshop. “We want to see if we can push things beyond small projects by linking to these larger population studies.”
UW-Madison is home to half a dozen very large longitudinal population health studies, including MIDUS (Midlife in the United States), the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study, the Beaver Dam Eye Study and Epidemiology of Hearing Loss Study, the Wisconsin Sleep Cohort Study and the Survey of the Health of Wisconsin (SHOW). The studies follow large cohorts of human subjects for long periods of time. The Wisconsin Longitudinal Study, for example, has tracked the life course of more than 10,000 members of the Wisconsin high school class of 1957.
Read more: Microbiome meets big social science: What’s the potential?
See also the description and archived webcast of the September workshop, Exploring the Microbiome in Population Health and Social Research
From the Research Data Services Group at UW-Madison Libraries:
Date: Thursday, October 24, 2013
Location: DeLuca Forum, Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, 330 N. Orchard
Hours: 8:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Sponsors: UW-Madison Libraries, Research Data Services Group
Description: The libraries of the UW are committed to examining opportunities to engage faculty, staff, and students in discussions of research data management and public access compliance. This forum will explore current and emerging trends in research data and publication access, policy, preservation, management and discovery. We will discuss library efforts to assist faculty and staff in making research data and articles publicly accessible in the hope of accelerating research innovation and enriching the learning process.
For more information, visit the Open Access, Open Data @ UW web page