Past Workshops & Events

CSBS & NCSA Data Science Kickoff Event | April 5

Time and Location: April 5th, 8:45 am – 12:30 pm | I-Hotel Quad Room  The Center for Social & Behavioral Science (CSBS) and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) hosted the Data Science for Social and Behavioral Science Kickoff Event, a half-day event on data science in social and behavioral science research! The digital revolution has created extensive data everywhere and a myriad of new ways to analyze data. Data science techniques—for

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Illinois Federal Statistical Research Data Center  Information Session | April 3rd

The Center for Social & Behavioral Science invites social and behavioral scientists to learn about how they can use the Illinois Federal Statistical Research Data Center (FSRDC) to answer important questions relevant to their research. The Illinois FSRDC on our campus provides access to restricted-use microdata from various federal agencies, which researchers can use to learn about economic and other issues affecting society.

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CSBS Director’s Emerging Investigators Coffees | March 28

Please join us on March 28th for the Director’s Emerging Investigators Coffee. This will be an opportunity for informal discussion with CSBS Director Eva Pomerantz on navigating the research process. Bring questions about issues such as building your research program, applying for a grant, managing your lab, interdisciplinary collaboration, and publishing your research?  

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Community-Engaged Work: Imagine, Write, Publish! March 22 | 10 a.m - noon Community Engaged Research Series

Community-Engaged Work: Imagine, Write, Publish! | March 22

The Center for Social & Behavioral Science, College of Education, and Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute hosted community-engaged researchers at the second event in the Spring 2024 Community-Engaged Research Series, Community-Engaged Work: Imagine, Write, Publish, March 22, 10 a.m. to noon. This event was attended by community-engaged researchers and writers of all levels across campus. Participants learned practical next steps for moving their scholarship forward. During the workshop, Diane Doberneck,

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Community-Engaged Research Navigating the IRB Feb. 28 | 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Community Engaged Research Series

Navigating the IRB for Community-Engaged Research | Feb. 28

The Center for Social & Behavioral Science, College of Education, and Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute invited community-engaged researchers to the first event in the Spring 2024 Community-Engaged Research Series, Navigating the IRB for Community-Engaged Research, on February 28, noon – 1:30 p.m. via Zoom. Sarah Mumford, Director at the Office of the Protection for Research Subjects, and Kevin Tan, a professor of social work and former IRB member,

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Health Equity Research Collaboration Workshop | February 16

University of Illinois researchers whose work involves health equity are invited to this workshop aimed at increasing interdisciplinary collaboration. In addition to networking with colleagues from across campus and brainstorming about opportunities for collaboration,  workshop attendees will hear a presentation on the national health equity funding landscape from government relations consulting firm Lewis-Burke Associates. The workshop is also an opportunity to help develop priorities for the university’s health

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CSBS & PNI Collaboration Opportunities Session | January 24

Learn about opportunities to form research collaborations with other investigators to better understand the drivers of food choices and dietary behaviors and for developing interventions to influence peoples’ eating behavior to improve their health. 

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Community Engaged Research Series | Community Engaged Research Funding Nov. 9 | 12:30 - 1:30 pm

Community-Engaged Research Funding with PCORI | Nov 9

Learn more about funding your community-engaged research projects through grants from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Courtney Clyatt, Senior Program Officer, will provide an overview and discuss the range of community-engaged work funded through PCORI, and AHS Prof. Robyn Gobin will discuss her experience working with PCORI. A Q&A will follow.

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Power Analysis Workshop - October 13, 2023 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Power Analysis Workshop | Oct 13

Hosted by the Center for Social and Behavioral Science, this workshop on power analysis is designed to help participants develop these essential skills of designing a study and choosing a sample, as well as evaluating the research of others. Led by Prof. Kevin Grimm, Director of Facilities and Research Advancement at Arizona State University.

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Summit on Building Interdisciplinary Collaborative Research on Sustainability Incorporating Social and Behavioral Science October 6th, 2023, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Summit on Building Interdisciplinary Collaborative Research on Sustainability: Incorporating Social and Behavioral Science | October 6

There is an abundance of research at Illinois focused on climate, environment, and sustainability. The impact of this research cannot be fully realized without social innovations that can shift decision-making and behavior in a climate friendly manner.

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Virtual Visioning Workshop September 8, 2023

Virtual Visioning Workshop | Advancing Social and Behavioral Science via Open Source Infrastructure for Research Using Smart Devices | September 8

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) invites participation from social and behavioral scientists across the country to further develop an open-source digital platform that makes it easy for scientists to produce research-focused mobile apps.

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Community Engaged Research Series - Networking Lunch September 6 | Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Networking lunch for community-engaged researchers | Sept. 6

Connect with faculty and staff across campus involved in community-engaged research! The Center for Social & Behavioral Science, College of Education, and Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute are pleased to invite community-engaged researchers to a networking lunch on Wednesday, September 6, outdoors at the Siebel Center for Design.  This event is the first step in building a supportive community to identify common goals and challenges in community-engaged research and learn from each other’s experiences.

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Pastries and Coffee Assistant Professors Gathering June 14 | 10;11:30 a.m. Center for Social and Behavioral Science

Assistant Professor Coffee and Pastries Gathering | June 15

The Center for Social and Behavioral Science (CSBS) invites Assistant Professors to an informal gathering over pastries and coffee on June 15 from 10 – 11:30 a.m. at the Observatory.

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The Future of Work - April 28, 2023, 9 AM - 12:30 PM

The Future of Work Research Showcase | April 28

This symposium, hosted by the Center for Social & Behavioral Science in partnership with the School of Labor and Employment Relations, will be a continuation of the Fall 2022 symposium. Faculty from various disciplines will present their research on this relevant topic.

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CSBS + CCIL Cancer Research Symposium | May 2, 8:30 AM - 1 PM | Beckman, Rm 5602 | Co-sponsored by the Center for Social and Behavioral Science (CSBS) and the Cancer Center at Illinois (CCIL)

CSBS + CCIL Cancer Research Symposium

Co-sponsored by the Center for Social and Behavioral Science (CSBS) and the Cancer Center at Illinois (CCIL), the Cancer Research Symposium aims to unite researchers across the Illinois campus interested in research addressing aspects of the cancer care continuum.

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Food Security Working Group - Lunch & Learn Mar 3 & Mar 31

Food Security Working Group (FSWG) | Lunch & Learn Sessions

The Lunch & Learn sessions, open to Illinois faculty, staff, and students interested in exploring the food security space, are intended to further the scholarly exchange among the newly formed Food Security Working Group led by CSBS and Illinois professors Kelley Lemon, Merin Oleschuk, and Bobby J. Smith.

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Storytelling Series Qualitative Research Initiative

Storytelling Series with Dr. Jacinda Dariotis | March 23 at 12pm  

The Storytelling Series features the stories of faculty from across campus who are teaching, employing, and developing novel qualitative research techniques. The series seeks to highlight the journeys of our faculty – what led them here to UIUC – and take a deeper dive into the innovative methods they are applying in their research.

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Spring 2023 Social & Behavioral Health Funding Series - Feb 16 & Mar 9 | 12 - 1 PM

CSBS Social & Behavioral Health Funding Series | NSF | March 9

The Social & Behavioral Health Funding Series invites program staff from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to discuss funding opportunities relevant to faculty and research professionals working in the areas of social and behavioral health.

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Spring 2023 Social & Behavioral Health Funding Series - Feb 16 & Mar 9 | 12 - 1 PM

CSBS Social & Behavioral Health Funding Series | NIH | Feb 16

The Social & Behavioral Health Funding Series invites program staff from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to discuss funding opportunities relevant to faculty and research professionals working in the areas of social and behavioral health.

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Food Security Working Group - Meet & Greet February 10, 2023 1-5 PM

Food Security Working Group – Meet & Greet

This Meet & Greet event, open to all Illinois faculty, staff, and students, marks the launch of the Food Security Working Group, a campus-wide initiative to support those interested in getting connected to this work, as well as research resources for those interested in food security.

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Storytelling Series Qualitative Research Initiative

QRI Storytelling Series – Dr. Christina Bollo

The Storytelling Series features the stories of faculty from across campus who are teaching, employing, and developing novel qualitative research techniques. The series seeks to highlight the journeys of our faculty – what led them here to UIUC – and take a deeper dive into the innovative methods they are applying in their research.

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Policy and Research Legislative Fellows Program

Policy & Research Legislative Fellows Program Info Session

This session will provide more information regarding the Policy and Research Legislative Fellows Program run by the Center for Social and Behavioral Science. This non-partisan initiative, supported by the Office of the Chancellor-Public Engagement, matches graduate students at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) with a state legislator representing Champaign-Urbana or a neighboring district.

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Storytelling Series Qualitative Research Initiative

QRI Storytelling Series – Dr. Melissa Ocepek

This session titled, There are Two Things I Love: Food and Talking, Mostly about Food, explored how an extroverted foodie (Dr. Ocepek) became a qualitative researcher working to understand the very complicated everyday information world of food. Dr. Ocepek provided an in-depth discussion of her approaches to qualitative research rooted in institutional ethnography and highlighted some of her favorite methods, including photo voice.

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Professional Development Panel for Assistant Professors November 4 | noon Levis Faculty Center

Professional Development Panel for Assistant Professors

This in-person event held at Levis Faculty Center on November 4th, offered assistant professors the opportunity to learn from experienced Illinois faculty in various disciplines on how to apply for and secure external funding. Four panelists had 10-15 minutes each to respond to a set of pre-determined questions. After all the panelist presentations, participants had the opportunity to ask questions and engage in a moderated Q&A. 

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Storytelling Series Qualitative Research Initiative

QRI Storytelling Series – Dr. Nikolai Alvarado

On Tuesday, October 18th, the Center for Social and Behavioral Science’s Qualitative Research Initiative (QRI) hosted the first session of the Storytelling Series featuring Dr. Nikolai Alvarado, Assistant Professor in Geography. This session explored the Dr. Alvarado’s journey to his career as a geographer specializing in urban politics, environmental racism, and South-South migration. Dr. Alvarado also provided an in-depth discussion of his novel approach to using urban infrastructure as

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The Future of Work

The Future of Work Symposium

The relevance of “The Future of Work” has been heightened by the global pandemic and rising inequalities. Automation. A growing skill gap. Work-life balance. The great resignation. Artificial intelligence in the workplace. Remote and hybrid work. Reskilling. Mental health. Workforce diversity. Employee well-being. These and other related topics will be at the forefront of the future of work for the years to come.

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Social Network Analysis Workshop

In this virtual methods workshop hosted by the Center for Social & Behavioral Science, Prof. James Moody, Director of the Duke Network Analysis Center, reviewed the foundations of network analysis starting from data collection through modeling outcomes. Examples demonstrated within the R computing language with example code provided for those that were interested.

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Assistant Professor Gathering May 6

Assistant Professor Gathering

To support innovative social and behavioral science from diverse disciplines CSBS hosted this in person event held at the I Hotel and Conference Center in Champaign, Illinois. This event was an opportunity for Assistant Professors from different backgrounds to connect with one another and promote research collaborations among our social and behavioral science faculty.

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Broader Impacts Workshop - January 21, 2022 9 AM - 2:30 PM

Broader Impacts Workshop

In this virtual workshop, National Science Foundation’s Dr. Antoinette WinklerPrins, Acting Deputy Assistant Director of the Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences, discusses NSF’s broader impacts approach and evaluation criteria for the social and behavioral sciences; the CSBS team discusses strategies for designing, implementing, and evaluating broader impacts activities; and social and behavioral scientists across campus shared their experiences with and insights into broader impacts activities.

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Spring 2022 Poverty Seminar Series

Poverty Seminar Series – Spring 2022

This seminar series, hosted by the Center for Social & Behavioral Science in partnership with the School of Social Work, focuses on poverty reduction via cash transfer programs. Faculty from various disciplines will present their research on program implementation and evaluation and will provide insights on how unconditional cash transfers can affect child development, poverty alleviation, housing, and economic opportunity.

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Misinformation Research Symposium | Nov 12, 2021 1-4:30 PM

Misinformation Research Symposium

This workshop aimed to help connect misinformation researchers on campus, foster interdisciplinary teams interested in collaborating on external submissions, and to learn more about the needs of existing and emerging research groups on campus. The event included opening remarks by Gordon Pennycook, Assistant Professor at the University of Regina, flash talk presentations, and discussion groups.

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Fall 2021 CSBS Methods Series

CSBS Methods Series – Fall 2021

In this Methods Series virtual workshop hosted by the Center for Social & Behavioral Science, Dr. Fred Oswald demonstrates the use of R and RStudio to conduct predictive modeling and clustering using machine learning algorithms. Participants explore available data sets, run and discuss a few fundamental machine learning algorithms, and compare the performance of these machine learning models against traditional models.

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Fall 2021 Poverty Seminar Series

Poverty Seminar Series – Fall 2021

During this seminar series, hosted by the Center for Social & Behavioral Science in partnership with the School of Social Work, faculty of various disciplines will provide insights into what we can do to address these harmful effects of COVID-19. These experts will present and discuss how different policy interventions affect families’ well-being, specifically when looking at key outcomes such as parental engagement and child development.

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President Biden: First 100 Days

President Biden: First 100 Days

Illinois faculty experts of various disciplines illuminated and investigated President Biden’s policy agenda within his first 100 days in office. The panel addressed how salient social issues are progressing under the new administration and paid particular attention to those related to women and gender. The panelists’ introductory remarks were followed by a Q&A session.

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Poverty and Policy Summit 2021

Poverty & Policy Summit

Co-convened with the University of Illinois System’s Institute of Government and Public Affairs, this summit provides a unique perspective on the challenges facing vulnerable communities, families, and individuals during an unprecedented health crisis. Experts canvass both the scale of the challenges and particular dimensions, such as food insecurity, educational divides, and the looming specters of homelessness.

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Human Subjects Research Workshop

Human Subjects Research Workshop

Conducted by the Center for Social & Behavioral Science, this workshop Illinois faculty address the challenges of conducting human subjects research during a pandemic, including running studies with older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic, the impact of COVID-19 on funded projects, and conducting social experiments using an online interface.

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A Panel Discussion about the 2020 Presidential Election

In a 90-minute panel conversation, hosted by the Center for Social & Behavioral Science, Illinois faculty speak about their multidisciplinary research and expertise on elections to provide insights into how current events are shaping our approach to democracy, political divisiveness, and the media in a time of turmoil and crisis.

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Understanding Contemporary Challenges in the Time of COVID-19

Understanding Contemporary Challenges

Hosted by the Center for Social & Behavioral Science in partnership with the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute, this series consists of four “Ask the Experts” panel discussions on Understanding Contemporary Challenges in the Time of COVID-19.

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Casual Inference - CSBS Methods Series

Causal Inference with Observational Data Workshop

Hosted by the Center for Social & Behavioral Studies, this methods series workshop called Casual Inference with Observational Data, introduces participants to various disciplines to causal inference, including Bayesian statistics and structural equation modeling.

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Dr. Adam Seth Levine

Behavioral Science Hackathon

In this hands-on, community-centered workshop hosted by CSBS in partnership with the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute, Dr. Adam Seth Levine, Assistant Professor of Government at Cornell University and president of Research4Impact, speaks about the ingredients needed for a successful academic-community collaboration then leads researchers and community partners through a rapid, focused collaboration.

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Fall 2020 CSBS Methods Series

CSBS Methods Series – Fall 2020

In this Methods Series virtual workshop hosted by the Center for Social & Behavioral Science, Dr. Sarah J. Tracy provides clear step-by-step practices for crafting evidence in qualitative research via organizing, coding, analyzing, interpreting, claim-making, and presentation. Dr. Tracy also presents practices of data analysis that make for theoretically and practically illuminating research.

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