Past Events By Date
A Facebook AMA with SSRMC Co-Directors Marcus Holmes and Jaime Settle
Date: April 10, 2018
How do I get involved in research as a social science major? How do I apply to graduate school for political science? How can I combine my passions for statistics and politics? If you’ve ever found yourself pondering these questions or something like them, check out the SSRMC’s Facebook live “ask me anything” with SSRMC co-directors Professor Holmes and Professor Settle on Tuesday, April 10, from 4:30-5 pm. For the first time in SSRMC history, our co-directors will be taking questions in a video live stream to help you figure out your path forward. Simply log on to Facebook at any point between 4:30 and 5 pm, find us here, and post your question in the comment section on the live stream. This event will help us kick off our One Tribe, One Day festivities!
Out of Left Field: A Roundtable on Surprises and Successes in Field Research
Date: April 10, 2018
In celebration of One Tribe, One Day, come out to the SSRMC’s roundtable conversation on field research in the social sciences! Government professors S.P. Harish and Dan Maliniak and Interdisplinary Studies professor Tyler Frazier will be discussing their experiences doing fieldwork. They have been involved in fascinating research all over the world, and they have some great advice and interesting stories about their challenges and successes to share with us. If you’re planning on doing research or writing a thesis in the coming years, this event will be perfect for you! The panel discussion will be moderated by SSRMC co-director Marcus Holmes. We will be live streaming the event on our Facebook page, so you can join us from near or far.
While you’re at it, check out our fundraising page here and consider supporting us in our efforts to make social science accessible to the W&M campus. To make a donation, click on the link, scroll down and hit the “search” tab, and look up “Social Science Research Methods Center.” We would appreciate your support!
SSRMC Student Research Showcase, April 18
Date: April 18, 2018
Come by the SSRMC’s student research showcase to hear from our student researchers about their work.
Date: April 23, 2018
Professor Settle will be hosting a barbecue for SSRMC faculty and student affiliates to celebrate the end of the semester. For Professor Settle’s address, please email email@example.com.Taylor Carlson ’14 Methods Workshop: Programming, Fielding, and Analyzing Surveys—An Introduction to Qualtrics, Mechanical Turk, and R Markdown
A workshop by Taylor Carlson, a W&M Alumni who is pursuing a PhD in Political Science from UCSD.
Date: March 21, 2018
In this workshop, students will learn some more advanced programming options in the survey software Qualtrics. We will focus on features such as embedded data, randomization, and time trackers. Next, students will learn how to field surveys on Amazon’s Mechanical Turk. We will also discuss other cost-effective data collection options. Finally, the workshop will conclude with an introduction to R Markdown, which allows researchers to analyze data, generate tables and figures, and write up comments and analysis all in one program. With R Markdown, researchers can generate organized, visually appealing data reports with the click of a button. To make the most of our time, students should have R Studio and LaTeX installed on their computers. You can install LaTeX here: https://www.latex-project.org/get/, install the free R Studio here: https://www.rstudio.com/products/rstudio/download/, and install R here https://www.r-project.org/. Students should also have a Qualtrics account. If you don’t already have one, you can follow the instructions here: https://www.wm.edu/offices/it/services/academicsupport/survey/qualtrics/creating/index.php
Date: March 15, 2018
Come out to Commonwealth to watch the SSMRC’s Professor Settle represent the social sciences in this year’s Raft Debate! Professor Settle will take on faculty representatives of the humanities and natural and computational sciences to save the social sciences from an perishing on an onstage desert island. More information can be found here.
Drew Engelhardt Methods Workshop on Survey Measure Creation and Validation
Date: March 16, 2018
Data Analytics in Consulting: A Talk with Practitioners from Deloitte’s Federal Consulting Branch
Date: February 28, 2018
Have you ever wondered where your degree can take you? Curious how you can apply your interests in science, research, and data analytics to the professional world? Join practitioners from Deloitte’s Federal Consulting practice for a presentation and discussion about how data analytics are helping government agencies tackle some of today’s most significant public sector challenges.
Data Science Faculty Panel and Interest Session
Date: January 30, 2018
SNaPP Lab Presents: Make the State of the Union Great Again
Date: January 30, 2018
Webscraping in R for Research, Profit, and Fun!
Date: November 30, 2017
This workshop will cover the process of data-gathering from the web by scraping pages using the free open-source program R. Over the course of the workshop, participants will learn how to scrape online data in tabular, text, and PDF form, as well as how to use R to interface with basic APIs. Within this, the workshop will also cover basics of using regular expressions, Xpath, and Selenium – all within R. Participants should have a basic knowledge of how to read tabular data into R and have installed R/RStudio on their computers before the workshop.
Roundtable Debate: The Use and Abuse of Evidence in Social Science
Date: November 8, 2017
We use “evidence” all the time. We use it to support our opinions in casual conversation (“here is why I didn’t like this movie”) and in formal academic arguments (“this is the data I am going to use to show my theory is correct”). Yet, we rarely consider what constitutes “evidence” or what evidence is appropriate for a given argument. In this panel debate, Professor Kaplow and Professor McKinney of the Government department will discuss what evidence means to them and how they use it in their work. In their conversation, they will debate the proper uses of empirical data in social science research. They will also discuss what evidence looks like in arguments that often do not rely on empirical data, such as those made in some areas of political theory and political philosophy.
Movie Showing: Experimenter, October 19, 7-9 pm, ISC 1127
Date: October 19, 2017
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Place: ISC 1127
Can Constitutional Democracy Survive Presidential Scandal?: A Lecture with Stanley Brand
Date: October 9, 2017
Time: 4:00pm – 5:15pm
Place: Blair 205
GOVT 301 Research Methods Open House
Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Place: Social Science Research Methods Center
There will presentations from the SSRMC student staff, PPIR, SNaPP, and STAIR labs. Also, refreshments like coffee and donuts will be provided!
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Measurement in Political Science
Date: Thursday, February 9, 2017
Place: Tyler 134
What is democracy and how do we measure it? How do you write survey questions that capture the psychological processes inside someone’s head? If text or speech comprise your data, how do you recognize when different people make reference to the same underlying concept? Conceptualizing and measuring constructs are two of the most important aspects of research design. In this roundtable on February 9th, we’ll hear perspectives from faculty who use a variety of different methodological approaches on how they approach operationalization and measurement in their research. If you have questions that you’d like to hear the panelists discuss, please contact Hannah Gourdie (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Stuart Soroka Lecture
Date: Thursday, November 10, 2016
Stuart Soroka will be hosting a talk at 5:00 PM. Soroka is a professor at the University of Michigan who focuses on political communication and the dynamic between voters and mass media. He studies both Political Science and Communications, and some of his more recent research centers on negativity in American politics (a particularly salient issue this election cycle). All are encouraged to attend. For more information, please contact Professor Settle.
John Ault Lunch Lecture
Date: Monday, November 7, 2016
John Ault will be hosting a Lunch Lecture event at 12:30 PM in the SSRMC basement. Every Presidential election cycle, Ault and a team of students travel from England to observe our elections and report on the status of them. As a former British politician and Chair of Electoral Reform Society, he should have a wealth of insight into both the election practices of Britain and America as well as commentary about what might differentiate one election cycle from another. For more information, please contact Hannah Gourdie.
Judith Baroody Event
Date: Friday, October 28, 2016
Place: James Blair Hall 205
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Judith Baroody will be conducting a talk/ question and answer session at 2pm in James Blair 205. As executive director of the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training (an online resource that archives interviews and primary documents associated with U.S. diplomatic initiatives), Baroody has great insight into diplomatic initiatives in the world, and this event should interest International Relations majors and anyone looking to become involved with Foreign Service. With that being said, the event is open to everyone, and all who are interested are encouraged to attend. For more information, please contact Professor Marcus Holmes.