Past Workshops & Events

December 8 | 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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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

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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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 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

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

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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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

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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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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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

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 & 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

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

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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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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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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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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