Archive listing of special events:

Spring of 2019

Golden Years? Social Inequality in Later Life book discussion with Deborah Carr.
March 29, 2019, 12pm-1:30pm (Memorial Union, UW-Madison)

Event poster

Fall of 2018

How And What Can We Predict Using Neuroimaging?

Neuroscience & Public Policy Seminar
Thursday, September 13, 2018 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Biotechnology Center Auditorium, Room 1111

Dr. Russ Poldrack from Stanford University will discuss the current state and future prospects of neuroprediction, with a particular focus on the need for methods that provide accurate generalization to new contexts and individuals. Additional information is at

America’s Diversity Explosion

CDE, CDHA, IRP and La Follette School of Public Affairs joint event
Monday, September 24, 2018 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Wisconsin Idea Room, Room 159, Education Building

Dr. William Frey from the Brookings Institutions will speak on America’s diversity explosion: how new racial demographics are remaking America. Linn Posey-Maddox and Katherine Curtis from UW-Madison will give their comments after the talk.

Economic Data Webinar Series

Wisconsin Research Data Center
September 27, November 1, November 8, and November 13, 2018 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Skype Link

The Center for Economic Studies at the U.S. Census Bureau will host a series of webinars about datasets that are available through the Federal Statistical Research Data Centers. View this flyer for speakers and topics.

Resilience in Brain Aging

Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center Annual Fall Lecture
Monday, October 1, 2018 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Gordon Dining & Event Center on the UW-Madison campus

This free community education event offers news about cutting-edge research in Alzheimer’s disease and provides information to help people improve brain heath and live healthier lives. The event is sponsored by the Wisconsin Geriatric Education Center (WGEC).

Large-scale Genome-Wide Association Studies of Socioeconomic Outcomes

Philip Koellinger, Vrije University Amsterdam, Economics
The Center for Demography and Ecology (CDE) Demography Seminar
Tuesday, October 9, 2018 12:15 PM to 1:30 PM
8417 Sewell Social Sciences

CDHA Health and Aging Workshop

Jason Fletcher, University of Wisconsin-Madison, La Follette School of Public Affairs
Friday, October 26, 2018 1 PM to 4 PM
Grainger Hall

A grant proposal discussion working lunch is planned. Participants can learn about using Project Talent in aging and life course research from Kiersten Strombotne, American Institutes for Research. Kosali Simon, Herman B Wells Endowed Professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs from Indiana University is the keynote speaker. He will present “The Effect of Health Insurance on Mortality: What Can We Learn from the ACA Coverage Expansions?”

Annual Colloquium on Aging

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Institute on Aging
Thursday, October 25, 2018 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 Research Showcase

Jason Fletcher, University of Wisconsin-Madison, La Follette School of Public Affairs
Friday, November 9, 2018 3 PM to 5 PM
Fluno Center

This workshop will showcase ongoing research on aging-related topics by faculty at UW-Madison. Presenters are Corina Mommaerts (Economics), Stephanie Robert (Social Work), Lindsay Jacobs (Public Affairs), Qiongshi Lu (Biostatistics and Medical Informatics), Jason Fletcher (CDHA) and others.

Dynamics of Health in Later Life and Implications for Mechanisms of Health Disparity

Christopher Seplaki, University of Rochester, Public Health Sciences
The Center for Demography and Ecology (CDE) Demography Seminar
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 12:15 PM to 1:30 PM
8417 Sewell Social Sciences

Social and Biological Perspectives on the Role of Employment Policies of the 1930s on Aging

David Rehkopf, Stanford University, School of Medicine
The Center for Demography and Ecology (CDE) Demography Seminar
Tuesday, Decmber 4, 2018 12:15 PM to 1:30 PM
8417 Sewell Social Sciences

Optimal Deductible Lengths in Health Insurance

Corina Mommaerts, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Economics
Institute for Research on Poverty Seminar
Thursday, Decmber 13, 2018 12:15 PM to 1:30 PM
8417 Sewell Social Sciences

Prior Special Events/Workshops

Summer of 2018

WiscRDC Special Seminar: Recommendations of the Commission on Evidenced-Based Policy and the Future of the Federal Statistical System

Nancy Potok, Chief Statistician of the United States
Monday May 21, 11 AM – Noon
3470 Sewell Social Science Building, UW-Madison

As the Chief Statistician of the United States, Nancy Potok is responsible for providing coordination, guidance, and oversight for U.S. federal statistical agencies and activities. She was a member of the Commission on Evidenced-Based Policy.

2018 Summer DemSem: Computational Demography

Tuesday, May 29, to Thursday, May 31
Rooms 3470 and 8417 Sewell Social Science Building, UW-Madison

This summer workshop focuses on elements of computational demography. Particpants will work with modeling, data access, and data management tools to expand their research in the population sciences. It includes talks, seminars, and computing tutorials by Elizabeth Bruch, Katherine Curtis, Michal Engelman, Jason Fletcher, Liam Johnston, Malia Jones, Nathan Jones, Letizia Mencarini, Jenna Nobles, Alberto Palloni, Nathan Seltzer, Karl Rohe, and Elizabeth Wrigley-Field. Seminar schedule can be viewed at this link. Please RSVP here to attend this workshop.

Engaging Key Partners to Design and Conduct High Quality Clinical Research

Tuesday, June 5, Noon to 5 PM and Wednesday, June 6, 8 AM to 5 PM
Health Sciences Learning Center, UW-Madison

This Community-Academic Partnerships Short Course focuses on methods to gather information critical to the success of clinical research from potential participants, caregivers, clinicians, and other important stakeholders and is designed for investigators or research team members, including graduate students or research specialists. Details about this course is at this link. Registration deadline is June 1.

Molecular Me: Exploring the Social Implications of the Genomics Revolution

Jason Fletcher, Romnes Professor of Public Affairs and Sociology
Wednesday, June 6, 6 – 8 PM
One Alumni Place, UW-Madison

The Wisconsin Alumni Association (WAA) hosts this public talk. Professor Fletcher will present how sociology and genetics have come together to teach us more about ourselves, our history, and the future and how public policy intersects with genetic data and how to use this data responsibly. Learn more about this talk from this link. Registration is required.

Improving the Quality of Your Survey Research Data Collection: Tips from Seasoned Professionals

John Stevenson, Associate Director, UW Survey Center
Jennifer Dykema, Senior Survey Methodologist, UW Survey Center
Thursday, June 28, 8 AM – noon
Signe Scott Cooper Hall, 701 Highland Avenue, UW-Madison

This free workshop is organized by the Community-Academic Partnerships program of the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) and the UW Survey Center. It covers resouces available from the UW Survey Center and how its experts can help with grant applications in the areas of survey research methods and insturment development to collect high quality data. Details about this workshop is available at this link. Registration is required.

Electronic Laboratory Notebooks in the Social Sciences

Tuesday, July 24th, 12-1:30 PM
Room 8417 Sewell Social Science Building, UW-Madison

Electronic Laboratory Notebooks (ELNs), despite their name, are useful not only to lab scientists, but also to researchers in any field who need to record notes, collect and analyze digital data, and share research findings with collaborators. Social scientists and humanities researchers interested in making the switch from paper notebooks or other online tools should come to this informational session on adopting and using LabArchives. Examples of notebook usage in the social sciences will be shown, and attendees will have ample time for questions. Register online for this special event.

Spring of 2018

Recent Developments in Bayesian Model Averaging Applicable to Social Science Research

David Kaplan, Educational Psychology, UW-Madison
Tuesday January 30, 12:15-1:30 PM
8417 Sewell Social Science Building, UW-Madison

David Kaplan is the Patricia Busk Professor of Quantitative Methods in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Dr. Kaplan’s research interests include: Bayesian model averaging; objective versus subjective Bayesian modeling; and Bayesian approaches to problems in large-scale survey methodology. His collaborative research involves applications of advanced quantitative methodologies to substantive and methodological problems in international large-scale assessments in education. He has been actively involved in the OECD Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) where he served on its Technical Advisory Group from 2005-2009 and its Questionnaire Expert Group from 2004-present.

From Ecology to Epigenetics: Investigating the Long Term Effects of Nutritional and Microbial Environments in Infancy on The Regulation of Inflammation in Adulthood

Thomas McDade, Director, Laboratory for Human Biology Research, Northwestern University
Monday, February 12, 2018, 12-1 PM
1345 Health Sciences Learning Center, UW-Madison

Environments in infancy have lasting effects on human physiological systems that influence health and well-being in adulthood. Chronic inflammation is involved in many diseases of aging, and it is a potentially important mechanism linking environments and health over the life course. Details about this seminar is at this link.

Molecular Me: Exploring the Social Implications of the Genomics Revolution

Jason Fletcher, Romnes Professor of Public Affairs, UW-Madison
Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 7 PM
Discovery Building, UW-Madison

This February Crossroads of Ideas lecture features Jason Fletcher, Romnes Professor of Public Affairs with appointments in sociology, agricultural and applied economics and population health sciences and author of the Genome Factor. Crossroads of Ideas reflects the importance of the Discovery Building as a place for campus and community to learn about thought-provoking topics. Please check out this link for details.

When Should Researchers Use Inferential Statistics When Analyzing Data on Full Populations?

Rob Warren, Professor, University of Minnesota Sociology and Director, Minnesota Population Center
Friday, March 16, 2018, 12-1:30 PM
259 Education Sciences, UW-Madison

This presenation is featured in the weekly Interdisciplinary Training Seminar (ITS) in Education Sciences.

Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Disorders Research Day

Friday March 23, 2018, 1-5 PM
Discovery Building, UW-Madison

This annual event is presented by the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center to encourage collaboration and promote scientific thought among faculty, students, and researchers from a wide range of disciplines across the UW-Madison campus. Learn more about the event agenda.

Hispanic Identity Fades across Generations as Immigrant Connections Fall away

Mark Lopez, Pew Hispanic Center
Thursday, April 5, 2018, 3 PM
Helen C. White Hall Room 4281, UW-Madison

Emerging Policy and Ethical Implications from Neuroscience, Genetics, and the Microbiome

This is a joined event with the Institute for Research on Poverty
Thursday, April 12, 2018, 2:30-5:30 PM
Fluno Center, UW-Madison

Thanks to technological advances, researchers know more about the human microbiome, a person’s genetic makeup, and the human brain than anyone could have imagined decades earlier. This knowledge brings with it great potential but also challenges for policy. This symposium is hosted by La Follette School of Public Affairs and sponsored by UW-Madison’s Center for Demography and Ecology, Center for Demography of Health & Aging, and Institute for Research on Poverty. Visit event site for more information.

Data In, Data Out: ICPSR is All About Data!

Lynette Hoelter, ICPSR
Monday, April 16, 2018, 12-1:30 PM
3218 Sewell Social Sciences Building , UW-Madison

The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) is a data archive of which the University of Wisconsin is a member. Most people know ICPSR for its Summer Program classes or because they used data from the catalog for a long-ago research project. ICPSR is those things, and much more! Join us to find out about the kinds of data held, how to access or deposit data, and how ICPSR can help in meeting federal data-sharing requirements as well as with teaching/training. This informal presentation will include a look at ICPSR’s offerings and some tips for searching the catalog with plenty of freedom for individual exploration.

Madison Microbiome Meeting (M3): Unmasking Common Principle Governing the Microbiome

April 25 & 26, 2018
Discovery Building H.F. DeLuca Forum, UW-Madison

The Microbiome community at UW-Madison will host a meeting to present reseaches in microbiome. It showcases how microbiomes function and how researchers can harness them to improve the quality of life for humans and the health of the environment. Registration deadline is Monday April 9. More details are available at the meeting site .

Of Men and Microbes: Social Determinants of the Microbiome

Jennifer Beam Dowd, King’s College London & CUNY School of Public Health
Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 12:15-1:30 PM
8417 Sewell Social Sciences, UW-Madison

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:

Microbiomes: People and the Planet

Every Tuesday, September 19 to November 21, 2017 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM
Room 270, Soil Science Bldg., UW-Madison

This seminar is organized by the Microbiome Research Cluster on campus. It features speakers from UW-Madison and other institutions presenting microbiome-related work in the biological, environmental and social sciences. The seminar series is open to the campus community. Check out the seminar schedule.

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 research 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

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.

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).