Prior Special Events/Workshops

Summer of 2017

Summer DemSem 2017: Accessing Bigger Data for Research And Policy

Monday, June 5, 2017, 9 A.M. - 3 P.M.
Social Sciences 8417, UW-Madison

This special event is sponsored by the Center for Demography and Ecology (CDE), the Center for Demography of Health and Aging (CDHA) and the Wisconsin Research Data Center (WiscRDC). It provides a great opportunity for researchers to learn about administrative data use in social science and public policy research. Keynote addresses will be given by John Abowd and Ted Mouw. John Abowd is an economist at Cornell University and is the Associate Director for Research and Methodology and Chief Scientist at the Census Bureau. Ted Mouw is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Other speakers are Jack DeWaard, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Minnesota and our local experts: Professor Tim Smeeding, Dr. Chenoa Allen, and Professor Jason Fletcher. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by May 25th to Susan Vial at Event poster is available at this link. Here is the event schedule.

SSRS Grant Writing Workshop

Thursday, June 8, 2017, 11 A.M. - Noon
Social Sciences 8411, UW-Madison

This Social Science Research Services (SSRS) workshop is organized by Professor Jim Walker. Participants will meet and share their plans on research funding. A schedule for future meetings will be discussed at this first workshop.

Spring of 2017

Social Interaction and the Gut Microbiome

Kim Dill-McFarland, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Bacteriology and Center for Demography of Health and Aging (CDHA), UW-Madison
Monday, February 13, 2017, 12 P.M. - 1 P.M.
Health Sciences Learning Center 1345, UW-Madison

Kim Dill-McFarland presents her research on microbiome of the respondents in the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study (WLS). She studies how microbiome across the life course can influence respondents' social interaction, health and longevity.

Public-Private Differences in Frontline Discrimination among Belgium Elderly Care Organizations

Sebastian Jilke, Assistant Professor, Rutgers University
Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 11 A.M. - 12 P.M.
La Follette School Conference Room, UW-Madison

Proessor Jilke will discuss the extent to which frontline workers discriminate against ethnic minorities who want to learn more about how to access elderly-care services. A field experiment across all Belgium elderly-care organizations was conducted to test some theoretical predictions. Applying theories of statistical-discrimination and cream-skimming to different organizational settings, Jilke and his colleagues argue that discriminatory practices differ across publicly and privately owned service providers. This seminar is co-sponsored by the Jean Monnet European Union Center of Excellence at UW-Madison.

The Genome Factor: Reporting Back from the Field on the Ongoing Integration of Genetics and Social Science

Jason Fletcher, La Follette School of Public Affairs, UW-Madison
Thursday, February 16, 2017, 3 P.M.
Biotechnology Auditorium 111, 425 Henry Mall, UW-Madison

This February Neuroscience & Public Policy Paul Bach-Y-Rita Memorial Lecture will be given by Professor Jason Fletcher. His presentation will survey some of the approaches that social and health scientists are using to integrate genetic findings and data to ask new questions about social, health, and demographic processes. One focus will be on the creation and use of polygenic scores in health and social science research.

Solomon Carter Fuller Community Discussion about Alzheimer's Disease and Memory Screening Day

February 24-25, 2017
UW Medical Foundation Centennial Building, Mt. Zion Baptist Church and Urban League of Great Madison

This is an annual two-day Alzheimer's disease educational gathering. It includes continuing education for health care professionals, a community lecture, confidential memory screenings, and educational workshops for Alzheimer's disease patient caregivers. Dr. Keith Whitfield, PhD, an expert on aging among African Americans is the keynote speaker. Visit for program details.

2017 Global Health Symposium: for Our Planet, for Our Health

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Health Sciences Learning Center, UW-Madison

This symposium will be from 4:30 P.M. to 9 P.M. in the Health Sciences Learning Center at UW-Madsion. It gives faculty, staff and students and community members from all disciplines an opportunity to connect with each other and share their work with the global health community. UW-Madison alumna Jennie Ward-Robinson, Ph.D., president and CEO of PAHO Foundation, will be the keynote speaker for the 2017 Global Health Symposium. To learn more about this symposium, visit

2017 Science of Successful Aging Summit: the Aging Brain and Dementia

April 18-19, 2017
Fluno Center, UW-Madison

This summit is presented by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology, and sponsored by the American Federation for Aging Research and the John A. Hartford Foundation. Local, national and international scientists will present current research on the three most important measurable determinants of healthy aging. The 2017 summit will focus on the aging brain and dementia in four key areas: Epidemiology and demography of aging and dementia; Biology of aging and neurobiology of dementia; Imaging technology in aging and dementia and Frontiers in dementia therapeutics and preventive health. Please check out this event site for details.

Early Life Determinants of Later Life Health and Well-being: The Microbiome and Epigenetics as Biological Mechanisms

Thursday, May 11 2017
Union South, UW-Madison

This conference is sponsored by the Center for Demography and Ecology (CDE) and the Center for Demography of Health and Aging (CDHA). Key note speaker is Caleb Finch, ARCO/William F. Kieschnick Professor in the Neurobiology of Aging, University of Southern California. Other invited speakers are Katherine Amato, Northwestern University; Nancy Dole, UNC-Chapel Hill; Michael Kobor, University of British Columbia; Chris Kuzawa, Northwestern University; Thomas McDade, Northwestern University; Colter Mitchell, University of Michigan; Pam Herd, University of Wisconsin-Madison; and Kristen Malecki, University of Wisconsin-Madison. This conference is from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Please email to register. Registration is open till April 18. For moer information, check out conference poster and program.

Fall of 2016

Medicare and Mental Health

Mireille Jacobson Associate Professor of Economics and Public and Policy and Director, Center for Health Care Management and Policy at The Merage School of Business University of California, Irvine
September 16, 2016, 2:30 to 4 PM
Room 1140 Grainger Hall at UW-Madison

This seminar is hosted by the Wisconsin School of Business Risk and Insurance Department. Dr. Jacobson will present her research on the improvements of mental health among people with Medicare coverage. Please see this announcement for details.

Annual Colloquium on Aging

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Institute on Aging
September 27, 2016 8:30 AM to 2 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

A Colloquium on Aging Research at UW-Madison

Deborah Carr, Professor, Department of Sociology and Institute for Health, Health Care Policy & Aging Research, Rutgers University
October 25, 2016, 12:15-3 PM
8417 Sewell Social Sciences at UW-Madison

Deborah Carr will present a talk titled, "Do Marital and Kin Support Enhance (or Undermine) Older Adults' Well-Being? New Evidence from the PSID Supplement on Disability and Use of Time (DUST)" at 12:15-1:30 PM. Informal presentation and discussion on research using the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study and Mid-life in the United States will follow. This talk is sponsored by the Institute on Aging (IOA), the Center for Demography of Health and Aging (CDHA), and the Center for Demography and Ecolog (CDE).

U.S. Foreign Policy and Global Health in Africa

Steve Morrison, Senior Vice President and Director Global Health Policy Center at the Center for Strategic and International Studies
October 27, 2016, 12:00 PM
1010 Medical Sciences Center at UW-Madison

Steve Morrison will discuss U.S. foreign policy and global health in Africa. He has directed several high-level commissions and is a frequent commentator on U.S. foreign policy, global health, Africa and foreign assistance. He served in the Clinton administration, as committee staff in the House of Representatives, and taught for 12 years at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He earned a Ph.D. in political science from the UW-Madison. Visit for the event announcement.

Research Opportunities Using Linked Federal and State Data at the Census Bureau

Amy O'Hara, Chief of the Center for Administrative Records Research and Applications (CARRA), U.S. Census Bureau
December 6, 2016 12:15-1:30 PM
8417 Sewell Social Sciences at UW-Madison

Amy O'Hara will address the legal, policy, and methodological issues surrounding the expanded use of administrative records data in federal statistics. She has developed innovative research programs integrating administrative records data into Census Bureau statistical methods and products, defining methods to measure whether and how administrative data can reduce respondent burden, lower data collection costs, and improve data quality throughout the Bureau. Dr. O'Hara's division oversees the Core Longitudinal Infrastructure Population Project (CLIPP) which has several sub-projects that a use administrative data linked to historical population change, see papers at

Summer of 2016

DemSem Summer Workshop: Introduction to Environmental and Spatial Demography

Katherine Curtis, Malia Jones, Bill Buckingham and David Long, the Applied Population Lab
Kristen Malecki, Population Health Sciences.
May 16-18 9AM to 12 PM
Room 6240 and Room 3218 William H. Sewell Social Science Building

This workshop is organized by the Center for Demography and Ecology. It provides an introduction to environmental and spatial demography. It includes both didactic and hands-on components.

UW Cooperative Extension Workshop: Qualitative Data Analysis & Software

Christian Schmeider, UW Cooperative Extension
August 22-25, 9 AM to 5 PM
Pyle Center (rooms TBD)

This four-day workshop is designed as a guided work session for research teams. It is taught using MAXQDA not NVivo. Registration is required and there is a $1,000 fee for this workshop. Visit for more information.

Spring of 2016

The University of Wisconsin Federal Research Data Center Course: Understanding Social and Economic Data

This class meets on Monday, 12:15-3:15 PM. It runs from February 1 to May 9, 2016.
RM1145 Wisconsin Discovery Center (TelePresence Room)

WiscRDC is remotely participating in this edX course hosted by Cornell University. Understanding Social and Economic Data is sponsored by the National Science Foundation as part of the NSF-Census Research Network (NCRN). This course is designed to teach participatns basic and advanced techniques for acquiring and transforming raw information into social and economic data. It covers public-use and confidential U.S. Census Bureau data, and the confidential data of other American statistical agencies that cooperate with the Census Bureau. Participants will learn the legal, historical, statistical, computing, and social science aspects of the data "production" process. Some of the statistical procedures necessary to handle the complex linked data sets are featured. Information about this class can be found at Please contact Brent Hueth (hueth at if you're interested in this class.

The University of Wisconsin Federal Research Data Center Workshop on LEHD data, the LBD and Business Register, and Household Surveys (CPS, SIPP, ACS)

Martha Stinson, the U.S. Census Bureau
Thursday March 31 2-4 PM, Department of Economics
Friday April 1 10 AM to noon, Department of Population Sciences

Navigating Addiction Genetics with a Map of the Human Genome

Joel Gelertner, MD, Foundations Fund Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Genetics and of Neuroscience, Yale University
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 3 PM
John D. Wiley Conference Center T216 Waisman, 2nd Floor, North Tower
Lecture Poster

Genomewide Data and Substance Dependence Traits: GWAS and Beyond

Joel Gelertner, MD, Foundations Fund Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Genetics and of Neuroscience, Yale University
Thursday, April 14, 2016 1:30-2:30 PM.
Biotechnology Center Auditorium Room 1111 425 Henry Mall

Fall of 2015

Link-Tracing Studies of Hidden Networks in Epidemiology And Public Health

Forrest Crawford, Assistant Professor, Biostatistics Yale University
Wednesday, September 16 3:30 PM
Medical Sciences Center (Room is TBA)

This talk presents new developments in respondent driven sampling (RDS) and the use of RDS to sample “hidden populations”, like drug users, sex workers, or homeless people. View abstract of this seminar.

The University of Wisconsin Federal Research Data Center Inaugural Workshop

Brent Hueth, Timothy Smeeding, Julia Lane, Margo Anderson, Enghin Atalay, and Jason Fletcher
Monday, September 21 1:30-4:30PM with reception from 4:30-5:30PM
Union South, University of Wisconsin-Madison (Check Today in the Union for room assignment for this workshop.)

A new branch site in the U.S. Census Bureau's secure Research Data Center (RDC) program will be open on the UW-Madison campus. RDCs make available to qualified researchers otherwise confidential microdata from the Census Bureau, the IRS, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Researchers are invited to RDC inaugural workshop scheduled on Monday, September 21. Several researchers will present their projects using restricted data. Workshop agenda is available at this link. Space is limited at this workhsop. Please register at this event site. More information about this new federal research data center can be found at Wisconsin RDC site.

27th Annual Colloquium on Aging Hosted by Institute on Aging

Tuesday, September 22 8:30AM to 1:30PM
Gordon Dining & Event Center on the UW-Madison campus

This annual colloquium showcases the latest research and resources on positive aging, with speakers, a poster session, and a health & resource fair. Featured speakers and their topics can be found in this brochure.

A Framework for Causal Inference for fMRI Time Series Data Measured with Systematic Error

Friday, September 25 12PM to 1PM
Biotechnology Center Auditorium

This Biostatistics & Medical Informatics seminar is presented by Michael Sobel, Professor in the Department of Statistics from Columbia University. An abstract for the talk can be found here.

Summer of 2015

Workshop on the Microbiome and Social Science Research

Pam Herd, Federico Rey, Alberto Palloni, Nora Cate Schaeffer, and others.
Monday, May 18 and Tuesday, May 19 9 AM to 1 PM
3470 Sewell Social Science Building and Microbiology Lab (Monday)
8417 Sewell Social Science Building (Tuesday)

Humans are an amalgamation of cells, both human and microbial, with the number of microbial cells largely exceeding our H. sapiens cells. We are more microbial than human. The study of the human microbiota (i.e., collection of microbes that inhabit our body) is currently considered to be parallel, or potentially more important, than the study of human genetics to understand and improve human health.
This workshop will cover the gut microbiome and the role that demographers and social scientists can play in facilitating research in this emerging field. It will include 1) a description of the gut micro biome; 2) the role of the gut micro biome in human health; 3) a tour of a wet lab where microbiologists do basic science research associated with the microbiome; 4) how microbiome data can be integrated into large scale survey research; and 5) what social science and demography can contribute to this research.
Faculty, post-docs, and students are all welcome and encouraged to attend. Please email Carol Gilmore ( to RSVP.

Opportunities (and "Big Data" Adventures) with the National Establishment Time Series (NETS)

Brent Hueth
Monday, June 22 2 PM
8417 Sewell Social Science Building

The National Establishment Time-Series (NETS) Database provides information on mobility patterns, employment and sales growth performance, job creation and destruction, business startups and failures, changes in primary markets, corporate affiliations, and much more for over thirty two million establishments in the United States. NETS time series includes annual data from 1992 to 2013 (the most recent year). The UW Madison campus research and outreach community has free and unlimited access to NETS data through UW Extension's Division of Business and Entrepreneurship and its Business Dynamics Research Consortium. Data access for off-campus researchers is limited to small samples with sample-size based pricing following terms of the data creators, Walls and Associates. Professor Hueth will discuss terms of access, possibilities for linkage with complimentary federal county-level data, and for grant writing and other fundraising activities to improve data documentation and expand access for interested researchers. To see NETS data in action, please visit YOUR ECONOMY PROFILE.

Workshop on Replication and Coding

Jenna Nobles
8417 Sewell Social Science Building

Given a range of high profile controversies surrounding replication of social science work and growing requirements to post code on journal websites, this two-day workshop was designed to cover strategies for coding and data analysis to allow for the easy replication and to ensure against coding and analytic errors.

Spring of 2015

North American Data Documentation Initiative Conference

The third annual North American Data Documentation Initiative Conference (NADDI2015) will take place from April 8 to 10, at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin. The theme for NADDI2015, Research Data Management: Enhancing Discoverability with Open Metadata Standards, emphasizes an applied use of DDI to research data. It will showcase the importance of DDI metadata for discovering and using research data as well as a practical and utilitarian principle supporting research data production and management. NADDI2015 will also presents current data service models used at other institutions and how those models might integrate metadata standards such as DDI into their work flows. UW-Madison is home to two longitudinal studies Midlife in the U.S. (MIDUS) and Wisconsin Longitudinal Study (WLS) that collect biological and other non-survey data types. NADDI2015 will be a convenient forum to discuss documenting complex use cases with DDI. Visit NADDI 2015 conference site for more information: CDHA is one of the sponsors for this conference.

Summer of 2014

Bayesian statistics for the Social Sciences

This workshop was given by Professor David Kaplan on May 28-30. It was based primarily on Professor Kaplan's new book: Kaplan, D (2014). Bayesian Statistics for the Social Sciences. New York: Guilford.

Fall of 2013

Exploring the Microbiome in Population Health and Social Research

CDHA hosted a one-day microbiome workshop in Room 8417 Sewell Social Science Building at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on September 20. Microbiota play a significant, yet largely unexplored, role in human physiology, development and growth, and individual and social behavior. Current microbiome research primarily uses animal models and small samples to examine the coevolution of microbiota and hosts, mechanisms through which the microbiota influence host immunity, the interrelation of microbiota and hormonal regulation, interactions between microbiota, gene expression and environment and, importantly, the effects of composition and changes in microbiota early in life on health status and risks across the life course. Despite its potentially large effects on health outcomes and health related behaviors, demographers and epidemiologists engaged in research on population health remain on the sidelines. This workshop is designed to offer an opportunity to a small group of biologists, epidemiologists, and population and social scientists to learn about the status of current microbiome research, to assess the most promising avenues of future research, to explore the potential of current and future population based studies as vehicles to collect information on the microbiome, and to explore research collaborations across disciplines. Speakers and topics for this workshop can be viewed in this agenda. WATCH RECORDED WEBCAST HERE: The University of Wiconsin News recently published a nice story about this successful workshop.

Summer of 2013

WLS Pilot Grant Workshop

WLS pilot grant workshop will be held on August 1st and 2nd in Room 8417 William H. Sewell Social Science Building at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The workshop on August 1st provides an overview of the WLS and attendees can learn how to use the WLS data. The afternoon is hands-on for people who have specific projects and/or questions that they want direct assistance with. The presentations on August 2nd are open to anyone who wants to learn more about the WLS and its current research projects. Topics and speakers for this workshop can be found at this agenda.

Center for Demography and Ecology Demography Summer Workshop

This workshop will be informal and interactive. Topic for this workshop is "health, mortality & inequality". It is held on May 21, 23, 28 and 30 in Social Science Room 8411 at 9:30-11:30am. Speakers are John Mullahy and Marcy Carlson (May 21), Tom DeLeire (May 23), Javier Nieto (May 28) and Alberto Palloni (May 30).