Special Events

Fall of 2017

Understanding Social and Economic Data, an Online Course

Every Thursday, August 24 to December 7 2017 3:25 PM to 5:00 PM
Cisco Telepresence Room in the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery on the UW-Madison campus

Wisconsin Federal Statistical Research Data Center (WiscRDC) is coordinating and hosting remote participation in a free online course (no credit), "Understanding Social and Economic Data", taught by Warren Brown and Lars Vilhuber of Cornell University. It is designed to provide students a detailed overview of the US federal statistical system, where data comes from and how it can be used for research. The course also aims to teach students basic and advanced techniques for acquiring and transforming raw information into social and economic data. It also covers data infrastructure, security clearance, and disclosure review procedures associated required of the Federal Statistical Research Data Center (FSRDC) researchers. It meets once per week for live video and Q&A sessions and offers additional "flipped" content for off-line learning. This course starts on Thursday, August 24, 2017. You should take this course if you are preparing to conduct research in WiscRDC, or if you want a structured initiation to the FSRDC system, and an opportunity to ask questions and work toward developing your own research proposal. View class summary. You do NOT need to attend every session, but if you wish to access online materials for the course, you will need to indicate interest by signing up for our local email list. To do so, please send an email to the following address: join-cornell-info-7470@lists.wisc.edu.

The Wisconsin Idea in Action: Tracking the Lives of Wisconsin 1957 High School Graduates

Pamela Herd, Professor of Public Affairs and Sociology, UW-Madison
Tuesday, September 26 2017 7 PM
The Discovery Building on the UW-Madison campus

Professor Herd is the principal investigator of the Wisconsin Longitudinal study. She will discuss the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study (WLS), a long-term study of a random sample of 10,317 men and women who graduated from Wisconsin high schools in 1957. WLS covers the life course, intergenerational transfers and relationships, family functioning, physical and mental health and well-being, and morbidity and mortality from late adolescence through 2011. The Crossroads of Ideas is a public lecture series held monthly on Tuesday evenings during the academic year.

Hilldale Lecture in the Social Sciences

Uncovering our Social Brain: The Neural Signatures of Reciprocity, Transitivity and Identity in Human Groups
Peter Bearman, PhD, Jonathan R. Cole Professor of the Social Sciences, Columbia University
Thursday, September 28 2017 4:30 PM
Wisconsin Idea Room, School of Education on the UW-Madison campus

Professor Bearman will presents a set of findings from socializing cognitive social neuroscience that captures neural and social network data at multiple time points for interacting groups. His resarch intends to identify neural mechanisms for the reproduction of inequality in popularity in small groups. He and his team hope to discover a truly interpersonal mechanism for the emergence of reciprocity, the building block of social solidarity. View this lecture poster for more information. This lecture is sponsored by the Hilldale Fund, Department of Sociology, Center for Demography and Ecology, Center for Demography of Health & Aging and Neuroscience & Public Policy Program.

Annual Colloquium on Aging

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Institute on Aging
Thursday, October 12, 2017 8:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Gordon Dining & Event Center on the UW-Madison campus

This annual Colloquium on Aging will showcase the latest research and resources on positive aging with speakers, a poster session and a health resource fair. This event is free and open to the public but requires pre-registration. To learn more about this event, please visit aging.wisc.edu/outreach/colloquium.php.

Paul Offner Lecture: The Effect of Medicaid Spending, Health, and Well-Being: Evidence and Implications for Reform

Katherine Baicker, Dean of the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy
Tuesday, November 28, 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Pyle Center, AT&T Lounge, 702 Langdon Street

Paul Offner's public lecture is sponsored by the La Follette School of Public Affairs and the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C. The speaker of the 2017 Paul Offner Lecture is Katherine Baicker. Dr. Baicker will present her recent research findings on Medicaid on a wide range of outcomes and the likely effects of health policy changes. Learn more about this lecture, view this announcement.

Prior Special Events/Workshops