ICPSR Summer Program Orientation (First Session, Summer 2019)


[Sandy] Good afternoon, or at least good afternoon for those of you who are on
the east coast of the United States. I am Sandy Schneider. I’m the director of the
ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research. And what I’d
like to do is to, first of all kind of, give you an overview of the staff, the
Summer Program staff, those individuals who you will encounter when you attend
the Summer Program, many of whom you’ve probably already dealt with over the
last several months but just to kind of make sure that you have that not only
visual connection but also kind of the verbal description of what they do. And
to give you the rundown of what you can expect when you attend the Summer
Program when you arrive in Ann Arbor. I know many of you will be arriving this
weekend and you would probably like to know something about what to anticipate
when you get to Ann Arbor, Michigan particularly if you’ve never been here
before. So with that let me get going. The very first thing that I would
like to say to all of you is that we welcome you to the 2019 ICSPR Summer
Program and we are delighted that you have decided to join us this summer. The
Program has been in existence for a long time and it’s always a thrill to see
participants arrive in Ann Arbor and to take part in not only the
methodological training that we provide, but also just the overall environment
that exists here in Ann Arbor. As I indicated the staff that you will see,
and talk to, and interact with when you’re here in Ann Arbor. You have, on
your screen, you have a number of people who I’d like to just very quickly
introduce. You see, first of all, my photo so what I don’t need to to go into that.
Dieter Burrell, who is a Project Manager of Educational Services. And as the title
implies, he makes sure that the information not only about course
is up and provided so that you can see it but that we have all the scheduling
taken care of so that we actually have classrooms for you to take the courses
in. Edward Czilli, who is the Project Manager for Computing Services.
Another key individual in the Program because he ensures that the computing
support is available, accessible, and that it works during the summer. And as all of
you know, that’s a critical element of any kind of classroom instructional
service is to make sure that that’s up and going. Scott Campbell, who is in
charge of the video productions. And Scott will probably not be here very
frequently during this summer, he will be on leave during most of the time that
the Summer Program is operating this year because he is expecting a baby. So
he will … he’ll be around maybe during the first couple of days but if you don’t
actually see him in person, that’s the reason why. Stephanie Carpenter, who is
in charge of all the Digital, Educational Support that we provide in
the Program which means that she not only ensures that the social media
channels and platforms are running and that you can communicate via Facebook,
Twitter, Instagram and so forth but that you also are receiving announcements
about the Program. Not only when the program is in operation but before it
starts and after it is over with. She plays, again a very important role in
terms of making sure that all of that happens. Katie Hoffman, who is the Administrative … one of the Administrative Assistants for
the Program, has been involved in ensuring that things like the course
evaluations, instructional evaluations that we will ask you to fill out before
you leave the Program all of those things are available. And she’s also been
helping in terms of providing information about housing support to
give you the kind of info that you need so that you can find a good place to
stay here in Ann Arbor. Jessica Stallworth, who is going to be a really
important person for all of you this summer because our headquarters
and the offices that we have, which I’ll talk about in just a second,
she is probably going to be one of the very first people who you see when you
enter the Summer Program headquarters. And she will be the main, kind of, Office
Manager for the Summer Program answering your questions, giving you any kind of
assistance that you need, directing you to other folks in case you need help
from somebody else, if she’s unable to provide it. Things like making sure that
you are able to get a Program certificate and Jessica is the person
that will provide that kind of help. Last but not least is, Filippo Stargell and
he is involved in ensuring that not only the payments come in for the Program so
that when you register that we have the ability to actually take your payment
for the course, but also making sure that all of the instructional staff that
includes the individuals who are teaching and the graduate students who
are assisting are in the system and that they are able to actually get paid their
compensation for teaching the courses. So again, a very important individual. All
these people are important and these are the folks who actually make the Summer
Program work. You’ve received a notification about check-in and
registration. That happens next Monday which is a week away, not very far. And
we’ve identified particularly times for you to come and check in and you have the times here
on the slide and you can access the slides later on. These were also sent out
to you in an email. At 9 a.m., this is check in for only those who do not need
advisement. So if you just want to come by, let us know you’re there which is important, and you don’t have any
questions about what workshops or lectures to take, then you should plan on
coming to the 9 a.m. session. This is a session that does not give you any kind
of advisement to help you, again identify particular courses, it’s simply designed to
let us know you’re there and let you know that you are in the Summer Program.
From 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. we have sessions set up excluding, the time at
noon and at 1:00 p.m., for participants based upon the first letter of your last
name to come during that designated time session if you need advisement, if you
need help selecting courses, identify the time that corresponds to the last letter
of your … that’s the first letter of your last name and come by and we are more
than happy to talk to you about the courses that are going to be most
appropriate, and things like the actual workload, the expectations of the courses,
so that you have a better feel for the courses you’re getting into. One quick
thing to note here about the courses that you select and maybe have already
selected, is that one of the unique features of the Summer Program is that
you can adjust, change your courses. Not only before you get here, so that if
you’ve decided you want to take Network Analysis and you signed up for
Multi-level Models, you can make that adjustment. But you can also make the
adjustment while you’re here in Ann Arbor and we encourage people to do that
if they find that they are not in the right course for them. We also encourage
you to do that if you need to make that change within the first couple of days
of the four-week session so that you’re not making a change during the
second or third week because, keep in mind that, really each week that you’re
attending the Summer Program and the four session that’s the equivalent of about a month in a regular academic schedule. So
if you make a change after the first couple of days you are probably going to
be missing out on some material that was already covered in that class. The
location of our orientation and registration is the Institute for Social
Research. This is oftentimes referred to as the
Thompson Building at the University of Michigan Central Campus. The exact street
address is 426 Thompson and the room where we will be doing the check-in
registration and orientation is Room 1430. This is on the main floor, the entry
level floors, you walk in and we will post signs so that you will be able
to identify the location of that room very easily. The last thing to note about
check-in and registration on that first day is that there are no workshops
scheduled for that day. So do not plan on going to a workshop either in the
morning or in the afternoon because of the registration and check-in period we
we do not hold those workshops during the first day. We will hold the LaTeX
lecture that evening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. so that is the only lecture if you
have identified that as a lecture you want to attend, that’s the only one that
will actually be taking place next Monday. The Summer Program Headquarters.
We once again are back at the traditional headquarter location for the
Summer Program, which is Helen Newberry residence. This is very easy to find
on the University map and it is conveniently located so that it’s very
close to the, what is referred to as kind of, the downtown area of Ann Arbor. And it
is on Central Campus in the University of Michigan so it’s really
only a block or so away from where the classes will meet. Very
convenient, very very easy to find. The location of various offices, we will
identify that in the participant handbook that we will send out to you
very soon, and it will tell you where the instructor, teaching assistant offices
are, where the information is if you need help in terms of the library, computing
lab, facilities, and our offices- the administrative offices, will all be in
Helen Newberry residence. Course Information. This is a question that
often, frequently comes up about where the courses will be held, and how do I
get from one course to the other one, what are the timing of the courses? Most of the
courses, if not all of them, will be held in really a set of buildings on campus:
the Chemistry building, Mason Hall, Modern Languages building, and Angell Hall. And as
the map shows you these are all pretty close to one another. The Modern Language
building, again abbreviated/referred to as MLB, is a little bit further away from
the others but not that much further away. So it really does not take
very long to get from one building to the next. Classes will start on the hour
and they will end at ten minutes before the next hour. So this gives you time to
get from one class to the next. I will send out a reminder to all the
instructors about the timing of the classes to make sure that they are
ending with that 10-minute break so that you can get from their class to the next
class if you have classes that are scheduled back to back. Sizes of the
courses do vary quite a bit. The lecture courses, particularly the R lecture, and
the R for Statistical Environment, and the Python lecture courses, are going to
be very large and that’s common, that’s the typical size of those lectures. The
lecture courses are, as you might suspect from the label,
their designed so that you are able to pick up, acquire the information but
they do not ask that you do any homeworks or exercises, anything beyond
just attending the lectures and getting the information that you need. The
workshops are, again the size-wise, are going to vary from relatively small ones …
if you’re talking about some of the workshops that are more specialized like
the Social Choice Theory Network will probably run about 15 or 20 in
size … whereas some of the other workshops, like the Maximum Likelihood Estimation
and the Regression Analysis II workshops will be quite large. It could
be up to a 100 participants in the class. Don’t panic, if you’re in a
workshop that’s large, because the large workshops especially have additional
teaching assistants who are assigned to them to help, to give you guidance, to
work with you, to meet with you, if you need any kind of extra help
throughout the four weeks. And the instructors of those, particularly the
Regression course and the Maximum Likelihood courses, are all very seasoned
instructors who recognize that they need to relay the information to a larger
clientele, a larger set of participants. We recommend that you think about taking
two workshops. You can, if you are really motivated, sign up for three workshops.
But keep in mind that each workshop is going to meet two hours or so every day
Monday through Friday. And that in addition to the time that you’re in a
single workshop, you’ll be asked to keep up with that workshop by doing exercises
or attending a lab so that you can do the computer applications. So if
you’re taking or want to take more than two, you really have
to be prepared that it’s going to eat into quite a bit of your time. The
supplemental lectures, you can take as many of those as you need. We
encourage people to take one math lecture based upon your level of
expertise — either math 1, math 2, or math math 3. And if you want to pick up any of
the software languages: R, Python — I’ve already mentioned. We also have a series,
a computing lecture series, that covers Stata, SAS, SPSS. So whatever software you’re using or you need to use, I would
encourage you to sit in on the computing lectures that are the most appropriate.
Again just like you’ll get information about the office locations in the
participant handbook, you’ll also receive information about where your
courses will be located. And that will be provided in the participant handbook. And
you know, if you have questions about that, you’re still kind of confused about
where the buildings are and the best way to get from one building to the
next, don’t hesitate to ask because that’s one of the things that we can
help with. Computing Support. We strongly advise people to bring your own devices.
And if you can’t bring your own laptop, you can use the computers that are
available in Helen Newbury, in the computing lab. We don’t have
enough laptops available for everyone, for 300 participants who will probably
be attending the first session, but we have a sufficient number for those who
are unable to bring a laptop to make sure that you can work through the
computing exercises for your workshops and that you have the ability to do that
during the time you’re here. We also have computing staff who will be
available during the regular business hours that Newberry is open, that’s
Monday through Friday. And if that’s not enough to help, then you can contact
computing assistance, and you have the info there
in front of you, which again will provide if you have specific questions about
something that may not be working or not working the way they wanted to, in
order to get your assignments done. Some information too about software and
printing. You’ll receive information from us on
registration when you check in, which again is a really good reason to check
in, which gives you access to the University services like: Gmail, Google
Drive, gives you access the Summer Program’s virtual desktop system, and
MWireless (the internet connection), all of which are important to everybody.
So that unique name and password, which you will receive when you check in, are
critical. We do have some printing available in Helen Newberry in the
Newberry computing lab. It’s a fee based printing process that’s available
throughout the University of Michigan campus computing site. So the one thing
that I’ll note here about the printing at Newberry is that you need to be
reasonable when you’re thinking about printing off material in the Newberry
computing lab. You don’t want to go crazy and print off hundreds of pages and in
fact, most of your assignments will probably be submitted electronically so
that you will not need to do that. Every now and then you may have an
assignment where they ask you to actually print off either the final
results or the information that you used to produce the results but you will
probably not need to do very much printing for the workshops and for
the lectures in the Summer Program. All the software that you will need is
available on the virtual desktop environment and when you receive
information during check-in you can access that on your own computer. There
are some software packages which your instructor will recommend
that you install directly on your personal computer. And what I encourage
people to do is if you’ve not been notified by an instructor or it’s not on
their web on the information on our site for that course that they’re asking you
to have that software that you wait until you get to Ann Arbor before you
install the software. On the other hand, if someone says that they’re using R
in their workshop and they’ve indicated that you should go ahead and download that on
their computer and which of the modules of R that they’re using, then
that’s information that you can download and that’s obviously that that’s
freeware. And once again, more information about computing resources is available
there on that site. And just keep in mind that, you know, if you do have any
questions about any of the computing facilities, the access, the software,
printing, that you first of all check to see if you have a source to go to to get
some assistance and if that doesn’t … if you don’t or you can’t find it, then you
just need to ask either a member of the computing support staff or ask one of
the other members of the Summer Program staff who can direct you in the right way. Again a question that people will ask very frequently is
textbooks. Do I need to buy textbooks when I’m attending the Summer Program? Do
I need to buy them ahead of time? Should I buy them when I am in Ann Arbor?
I would encourage people to wait to buy the textbooks, if they are so inclined to
buy a textbook, once they know exactly which of the workshops they’re attending.
It is not possible any longer for you to purchase the books physically here on
campus at the University bookstores for the Summer Program. If you want to
buy your own personal copy then you would need to do this online through any
the major online services that are out there. If you do not want to purchase a
textbook but you still need to use that textbook to do the reading, to keep up
with the course we do have textbooks … the required textbooks for all of our Summer
Program classes available in the library in Helen Newberry. So you can always
have access to that material even if you don’t want to buy it.
Several of the courses are asking that you have course packs. These will be
available at the Institute for Social Research, which is the same building that
our registration is being held in during the first session, and you can pick those
up in the basement of the Institute once they become available. And if you have
any questions about that just ask us during the registration period. A quick note about all of you and what
to expect in terms of the composition, the look, the feel of the Summer Program,
when you’re here we will have approximately 300 people registered,
coming to the first session. And this is a shot from last year’s Summer Program
so it gives you a sense that we really have a very diverse group of
participants. Diverse in the sense of they come from all over the world, and
diverse also in terms of the disciplinary orientation, the backgrounds,
the specializations that they’re interested in. Diverse as well in terms
of the level of their educational status. We have a number of participants who are
in graduate school, which has been kind of the traditional group of participants
in the program, but we have a sizable number of students who are in master’s
programs, who have already completed their degrees, who are still in
undergraduate programs, as well as university staff, faculty,
and staff who are in government agencies. So it is a very diverse population that
you will see and that you will interact with. Now I always
like to, kind of, give you a sense not only of what the course schedules are
like and what the program, the methodological components of the program
will be. But also the fact that the Summer Program is more than the methods
training, which is the predominant piece of it, but we also realize that you need
a little bit of time to relax and to interact with others. So we have many
events scheduled throughout the summer, just a few of which are mentioned here.
The very first event is the Welcome Session, which is next Monday night,
starts at 7:30. And then we have the first picnic, which is that Saturday. We
will have Blalock lectures, which are important for all of you to think about
attending, and very important if you received a scholarship because we ask
that you attend the Blalock lectures. I will have a list of the Blalock
lectures available for you next Monday when you check in so that you can see
what that lineup is during the first four weeks. Every week as well during …
bright and early on Wednesday morning we have coffee of doughnuts that will be
available. And these will be over in Helen Newberry so we ask that you swing
by and grab coffee or tea and a doughnut and that you then go on to class. We
have one ice cream social already scheduled, this is again next week, next
Thursday on June 27th. So lots of things have already been put on this calendar
for you to think about and to, kind of, kick off the social events of the
program. So again, I like to pinpoint these things because I want you to know
that we do realize that you need some time to relax and
you need some time to talk to and exchange ideas with other folks. Now you
may want to get a certificate. In fact, most participants do ask for a certificate
at the end of the program. This confirms that you were here, that you participated
in the lectures and the workshops, and you can request that during the last
week, so this is the fourth week of the the first four-week session. And you can
request that by hopping over to Helen Newberry and asking us to prepare a
certificate for you. Again, the certificates are for your attendance,
basically to say that you were here and to demonstrate to you, and to your advisors
in your department, your manager that you actually attended the Summer Program. We
can also provide grade letter memorandums. These are evaluations
that the instructors of the workshops provide that say, not only that you
attended but what your level of participation had been in that workshop.
And again these are only for the workshops, we do not provide grade letter
for the lectures. So which is why those lectures are running for a much shorter
period of time and why we allow them to be much larger in size, because it
wouldn’t be possible to do evaluations of a 100 or 150 individuals who are
attending those lectures. So again, you can request the grade letter memorandum
at the end of the four weeks, during that last week, and then it’s going to
will be mailed to you in September of this year. If you’re interested in getting
EITM Certification, empirical implications of theoretical model certification, these
are available for workshops at the Regression II level and higher, and you
have to receive an A minus or more or better in that workshop. And
again you just need to indicate, let us know that you want EITM certification
and that’s another way that we can provide, not
only evidence but support that you attended those workshops and that the
level of performance that you were able to achieve was at the requisite
level. If you want or need access to the library while you’re here, you can
receive borrowing privileges at the University of Michigan library system. We
set this up every year to make sure that the library is accessible and for many
participants it’s a nice place to go if you want to do some reading, want to do
some, you know, some studying with others so that you can work on assignments. And
it’s, again it’s conveniently located, it’s easy to find where the Graduate
Library is on campus. You can also purchase guest gym membership at the
University of Michigan Central Campus Recreation Building. And something that
you might want to think about, particularly if, you know, you want to
get exercise during the day in addition to just hopping between classes if you
want to want to get guest membership in the University gym. Parking &
Transportation. The University of Michigan parking passes, unfortunately,
are not available for participants. In fact, the University does not provide
those parking passes anymore even for instructors and graduate assistants. So
the best way that you can, not only get to campus but stay on campus during the
day, is to probably take, what’s listed as number three here, the blue buses
which are really very convenient, very accessible, and will allow you to move
from one part of campus, one area of Ann Arbor to the other. And they move
frequently and, of course, the best part is that they’re free. So they don’t cost
anything and it’s a very easy way of getting around and then not having to worry about parking. If you do want to park on campus
or close to campus there is … there are streets available that allow parking, and
there are parking lots, and parking structures available and they have
variable rates. I will add that you need to be very careful if you’re putting money
into one of the city’s parking meters or parking your car in one of the lots
or structures, is that they are monitored very very consistently and
they make sure that if your meter has run out of time that your car needs to be
gone. So it’s something to keep in mind and, kind of, keep abreast of. The City of
Ann Arbor also has buses available and these are fairly inexpensive. They run
between Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti if you happen to be staying in Ypsilanti, which
is not far away. It’s become actually, for many folks, a nicer place to stay
than Ann Arbor. It’s a little bit easier to find a place now in
Ypsilanti, but that information is available there on the slide and you can
get more material in terms of their routes and the times if you go,
actually online to the City of Ann Arbor buses. Additional transportation
information, we will provide in the participant handbook but this material
that you have in front of you really kind of gives you the gist, the rundown
of what you can expect. With that I’m going to, won’t say end, but I will pause and
open it up to all of your questions because you’ve been patient listening to
me and you probably had some questions and some queries about either the workshops,
or about where to find things, or perhaps other pieces of information that I did
not cover. So I’ll turn it over to you. [Stephanie] So this is Stephanie Carpenter. I’d like to
thank everybody for joining us. Go ahead and send in your questions, like Sandy
said and we’ll do our best to address them for the next 15 or 20 minutes during this Q&A portion of the webinar. So we’re
going to start with a very important topic, which I know everybody is
concerned about, and it is fashion. Somebody wants to know what is the
typical dress code when attending classes? Sandy would you like to answer
that? [Sandy] Right, that is an important question. It’s one that everybody thinks about. Even if
you don’t worry about, you want to make sure that you’re, kind of, won’t say conforming
but that you’re looking, yeah you know kind of, like everybody else. It’s
informal. We don’t, certainly don’t expect participants, or for that matter the
staff, to maybe dress the same way that you would during the regular academic
year. This is summer, it’s a more relaxed
environment. We do want to make sure that you’re dressed
appropriately so that when you come to the classes, and particularly some of
the classrooms, you need to, kind of, think about the conditions that are available
and the air conditioning system. Because if you’re wearing shorts, for
example, it can be kind of chilly in some of those classrooms. But bottom line
is, it’s informal. Dress, you know, dress accordingly and you’ll fit right in.
[Stephanie] Thank you. So we have a question from Rick about the typical number of hours
of workload for a course in terms of readings and assignments. Or, as he’s
asking, does it vary for the course? Dieter would you like to answer that?
[Dieter] Sure I’m glad to answer that. It varies a little bit from course to course.
But mostly one rule of thumb that we suggest that people think about, is it can
go from about the same number of hours you’ll do in your assignments, and your
readings after the classes, as you spend in class up to about twice that. So the
classes meet two hours a day, every day during the work week for four weeks. So
it’s an intensive period of time, it’s like a short semester.
And you don’t have long periods, it’s not like you have a class that meets once or
twice a week and you’ve got through the long weekend and extra days to catch up, so
you have to keep up with your work in the evenings. And so that’s one of the
reasons why we recommend people take one or two workshops is because more than
that and you’ll simply run out of time during the day, especially if you take
any of the supplemental lectures or go to the Blalock lectures in the evenings.
So you should think about matching it up about 1, between 1 to 1, or 1 to 2.
That is, so 2 hours a day. Think of it as being 2 hours at night up to 4 hours
through the rest of [indistinct] to do the work. [Stephanie] Thank you. We have a question from Maria
who’s asking, “Are their rules related to how long you can check out books at the
library?” So I’m going to address that question from the perspective of the
library in the Newberry building. Yes, we do have rules. You can check out three
books at a time for a one day period and then when you turn those back in you can
check out more books. You know, this kind of might seem like a strict or
inconvenient policy but we only have limited numbers of textbooks and a lot
of you, so we have this policy in place so that there’s fair access to the
reading materials for everybody who would like to use them. If you’re
interested in the UM library policies, that should be on their website and
there will be more information about that in your participant handbook that
you receive when the session starts. We have a couple questions about EITM
certification. The first one is pretty basic. It says, “What does EITM stand for
again?” That is, Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models. And then we have
somebody who has asked, “What is the advantage of obtaining EITM
certification?” Sandy? [Sandy] Sure. It probably varies by discipline and by
your particular field of study, but it can be an important item to list on a
vitae. If you indicate that you have received EITM certification by
attending the ICPSR Summer Program, it sends a signal to others that you have
attained that level of methodological training, and that you were competent, and
that you did a sufficient job with those courses so that you were able to
get this certification. It can also be an important item if you want to apply to
EITM, which does provide training during the summer. And it’s a very small
group of individuals that they select every year and it’s helpful if they know
that you have acquired the EITM certification from the Summer Program
when you apply to the EITM program to go through their training session. [Stephanie] Thank
you. Someone has asked, “Do you need to enroll for credit in order to get a
certificate?” I’m assuming that you’re talking about the
participation certificate. No, you don’t have to be a for credit UM student in
order to request that. That’s available to all of our participants even if
you’re just kind of sitting in on the classes and not taking them for an
official grade or for an unofficial grade, such as our grade letter
memorandum. During the third week of the program, we’ll send out an email to all
of the participants and it will have a link to a form that allows you to
request your certificate and the courses (that can be workshops or lectures) that
you would like to appear on the certificate. So keep an eye on your inbox
for that. Like I said, that’ll be coming in probably the third week of this
session. We have somebody who’s asking about free parking in the surrounding
neighborhood streets. Yeah, you’ll find some probably earlier in the day.
There’s a lot of neighborhood streets around the University of Michigan and
some of those are going to have regulated parking with meters. Some are
going to have certain hours that are enforced maybe 2 to 4 hours that
you can only park in your space before you have to move your car. So if you’re interested in looking for free neighborhood parking,
my recommendation is just to show up early and drive around and see what you
find because it really varies. You’re going to be pretty hard pressed to find
parking during Art Fair, which I believe takes place during the fourth week of
the Summer Program. That’s kind of when all the streets in downtown Ann Arbor
close down and there is a crush of people who attend Art Fair, thousands of
people, so you probably won’t be able to find free parking during those days. But
you should have some luck as long as you don’t mind walking for the rest of the session. Someone has asked, “Is it possible to get
an electronic version of the course packs instead of a physical printing?”
Dieter, would you know the answer to that? [Dieter] We only have a few courses that have
course packs. And during the first session, one of the course … what we call a
course pack, it’s actually a textbook that is out of print. If you can find a
used copy of that online somewhere or at a used bookstore, pickup
that, that’s fine. That’s a Bashaw textbook, it’s for the first session’s
Mathematics for Social Scientists I lecture. The Regression II course with
Tim McDaniels also has a printed out material, it’s a stack of modules that he
does. And I don’t think that he’s … delivered that electronically. He’s never,
in the past, sent that to us for the electronic. So if you needed that one, I
think you need to have to purchase it. Both of those, as well as the textbook
for the … not textbook, course pack for Regression II in the second
session. And maybe Categorical Data Analysis in second session. Those are available for
purchase at the ISR building in Duplicating Services at cost. And I
don’t think that any of them actually have a digital copy. [Stephanie] Great, thank you. We
have a great question, I think. It’s asking, “What does a typical day look like
for a Summer Program participant? Sandy? [Sandy] That is a great question.
I think it starts early, and it will run not only through the afternoon, but we
encourage you to attend as many of the lectures in the evening that we have
scheduled. And having said that, the courses themselves will pretty much
occupy your time during the day. We understand that you need a break for
lunch. So we give you some time to run over and get something at one of the
places and eat your lunch, if you preparing it ahead of time. It’s
a busy schedule. There’s … busy but fun. It will keep you
hoppin’ during the summer and keep you really, kind of, I think motivated and
inspired about not only what you’re learning but the fact that you’re in an
environment where there are so many other people who are taking the courses
with the same motivation, the same desire as you. So it’s going to be packed.
And we, again, sprinkled not only the courses and the lectures with breaks so
that you have the opportunity to move from one to the other, but with some
of the events like the coffee and donuts to get you going in the morning, the ice
cream social as a break, you know, during the day. One other thing I’ll
note about the Blalock lectures in the evening, is that I like to make sure that
you have a little bit of nourishment during that time, so I always bring
treats with me to distribute. Things like chips, and candy, and you know if it’s
possible to bring fruit, which I can [indistinct] over there to make sure that you can
keep going during the evening. So it’s it’s packed but it’s a lot of fun
and a lot of experiences that will give you, kind of, excitement and
enrichment about the training but also the interaction, the discussions
with others. [Stephanie] Thank you. We’ve gotten a few questions about
the cost of gym memberships. I don’t currently have that information
but it will be something that we provide to you in your participant
handbook, including what you need to do in order to go get one of those. So be on
the lookout for that. We have a question about study areas. So Dashauna asked, “Are
there study areas in all of the buildings where classes will be held?” There are
some open spaces in the Chemistry building, and Angell Hall, and other
buildings across campus, as well as in the University of Michigan Hatcher
Graduate Library. We also have a lot of open study areas in the Newberry as well,
which we encourage you to come and check out. You’ll get a chance to also meet
other participants, or if you’re feeling more quiet there are quiet spaces in the
building to study. And then there are also, if you’re a coffee shop worker,
there are a lot of coffee shops within walking distance of campus. So you
should be able to find a place, either indoors or out, to take care of
your studying. We have a question from Jay who asked, “What are the Blalock
lectures? I’m not finding a description on the ICPSR web page.” Sandy, could you
provide more info?” [Sandy] Certainly. The Blalock lectures were started a number
of years ago in honor of a very prominent sociology social scientist
named Herbert Blalock. And when they were originally created they focused
almost entirely on advanced methods on advanced analytic techniques. And they
were a way of giving you a snapshot, a very brief introduction to techniques and
ideas that the Summer Program was unable to cover in a four-week session. But to
get you, kind of, acquainted and make you aware of the cutting-edge ideas that
were out there across the social sciences. The Blalock lectures have
expanded much beyond that so that we provide information, lectures, talks
discussions, on professionalization issues to give you some guidance and some help about how to get published in major journals, how
to get published in university books, with University publishing companies. And
also there’s a series incorporated in the Blalock lectures during both the
first and the second four-week session which provides a number of lectures and
discussions about diversity, equity, and inclusiveness and we invite people in to
talk about those issues and to relate the issues related to race, ethnicity, and
gender having to do with measurement, having to do with sampling, having to do
with certain types of analysis that may lend itself more appropriately to the
kinds of subjective topics you’re dealing with. So there are many different
topics now incorporated in the Blalock lectures and that’s the reason why
there’s no one description of them. They cover advanced techniques, they cover
professionalization, they also cover diversity topics. [Stephanie] Thank you. Edward,
we have a question for you. Somebody has asked, “How long will we have access to
our unique name for?” I’m not hearing you Edward. I don’t know
if … All right, I’ll do my best to answer
this one, just because I’m not hearing Edward, who is indeed present with us. I
believe that your unique name should last through the last day of the session. (background noise) Oh hi Edward. [Edward] Hi Stephanie. Yeah, if you’re registered for session
one, normally your unique name will expire at, basically 11:59 p.m. the last day of
session one. If you’re registered through the end of the program, it will expire at
the end of the day on August 16th. [Stephanie] Great, thank you. We have a question about the national holiday, the 4th of July. Somebody
wants to know, “Will we have that weekend off?” Sandy? [Sandy] This is a question that
comes up every year when the 4th of July falls during the week instead of on
the weekend. The norm is that we encourage the instructors of courses
that they not hold classes during the 4th of July, no matter whether it’s on
a Monday or a Friday because the University buildings are normally closed
during that day because it is a national holiday and the University abides by
that celebration. There are some times when an instructor or a teaching assistant
may say, well I’ll be around during the 4th of July, on July 4th, so if you want
to come by and ask questions, or if you want to hold an extra discussion or
work session, that they will be available. But I strongly encourage the instructors
not to hold class on the 4th of July. [Stephanie] Someone has asked if a laptop is allowed
in the lectures to take notes. To the best of my knowledge, all of our
instructors do allow participants to use laptops in their courses for note keeping.
Sandy, correct me if I’m wrong. [Sandy] No, that’s exactly the case. The only
thing that I would add and caution you against is that instructors are not very
keen on your using the laptop for personal communications. Of course, that
cannot be prohibited but it’s a way of just, kind of, showing your support for
the class and support for the instructor. So certainly, bring the laptop, that’s the
best way to take notes. That’s the best way, especially if the instructor has
provided the slides and made those available to you then you can follow
along on your own laptop even though there will be projectors in the room to
look at as well.. Just, you know, use your own common sense
in terms of what you’re using the laptop for. We have one question that says, “If a
course has a list of recommended text but not a required textbook, is the
assumption that there’s no required text for the course? If this is the case, are
the readings provided by the professor? Sandy or Dieter, would you like to weigh
in on that? [Dieter] I could say that if it’s got recommended but not required,
that the odds are that … and there’s a third category, let’s say, it’s not
the listing courses are … the readings are listed as recommended and then there’s a
further suggestions. Probably you should treat those recommended as required. So
ask the instructor, ask the TA to make sure. But usually, in that context, what
they’re really saying is you need to read some stuff, here’s a list of things
that will be helpful. Either read some or all of these under the
recommended categories and then there’s a further ones on some suggested
readings. The instructors will not likely provide that material in the class. It’s
something that probably you’ll have to get, either they’re gonna be articles or
chapters from books. The articles we will have at the Newberry Library under a
network drive, a PDF copy so you can get them that way, you don’t have to go to the original journals. And if it’s a small portion of a
book that we’re allowed to do the same thing we will do that, otherwise we will
have copies in the Newberry library for you to check out. [Stephanie] Thank you. Edward, it
looks like we have another question for you. Alexander is asking, “Will instructors use sites like Canvas to distribute their course materials?” [Edward] The way that course materials get distributed is really up to the decision of the instructors. Some
instructors will use campus provided mechanisms like U of M Box or U of M Google
Drive, to which you will have access when you arrive on campus. Other
instructors will make materials available on a network file share, which
you’ll be able to access through the virtual desktop. And some other instructors will
distribute it through the Canvas course management system, which if they do so
you’ll be enrolled in that by the instructor. And other instructors
distribute materials off personal web sites. So it’s really dependent on the
course you’re taking, and the instructor, but all of our instructors and TAs are
very good about clearly laying out how you’re going to get access to course
materials early in the workshop. So you’ll have a
good sense of where to get your work files, your data sets, etc very soon after your workshop starts. And if you found any
questions, I would suggest that you talk to your instructor or TAs, or you can always
send us a question at the tech support address and we’ll get an
answer for you. [Stephanie] Thanks. Somebody has asked, “Are the computing courses such as R and
Python introductory or are there advanced versions of those
lectures?” [Sandy] I’ll tackle that one. The R lecture, during the first four-week
session, is an introductory level course. It assumes that you had little, if
any, exposure to R or that you were exposed to it, and maybe used it at one
time but you need a refresher. So it really is an introductory, I won’t call
it a beginner’s, but it’s an introduction to R. It does move pretty quickly so
that if you need instruction in R and more advanced, with more advanced topics,
that information will be made available to you. The Python lecture is also
during the first session, designed to be introductory. I’ve instructed the
the main instructor to focus the course, the lecture in a way so that if you’ve
never used Python that you’re going to have a sense of what it is, how it works, and
how you might use it. So both of them, during the first session, are introductory
level. [Stephanie] Thank you. And it looks like we’ll be able to tackle one more question. Sandy, somebody has asked, “Is the EITM
certification discipline specific?” [Sandy] That’s a really good question.
It isn’t although it’s primarily used in political science. There’s nothing
that would say that another discipline wouldn’t acknowledge EITM certification
and certainly a number of participants who are in different disciplines in
political science will ask for the EITM certification. Because again, it’s a
way of certifying, signalling that you’ve attained that level of methodological
expertise and that can be relevant in many disciplines. [Stephanie] Alright thank you.
Well I’d like to say thanks to everybody who joined us for this webinar and that we look
forward to meeting you next week. Sandy, do you have any closing words? [Sandy] I
don’t beyond what Stephanie has already relayed. That we’re very excited about the
2019 ICPSR Summer Program and we certainly look forward to seeing you in
a week.

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