CSSCR Autumn 2016, Number I

From the Director

Welcome to the 2016-2017 academic year. The big news from this part of campus is that the Denny Hall remodel has been completed. Stop by and see the remarkable new interior with some great public spaces. Then walk down the hill and visit CSSCR in 110 Savery Hall. As always, we celebrate the start of the academic year with chocolate.

We will hold three short-course series this quarter. As in the past, we are offering a series of back-to-school courses on Monday, 26 September 2016. The courses are open to anyone in the University community. Times and registration informatino are given below.

During the first two weeks of the quarter, we will offer as series of R courses. Those will be announced in the next newsletter. Finally, we will offer additional courses later in the quarter. Those courses will be announced in a third newsletter.

Finally, CSSCR is pleased to host two workshops from the Census Bureau on Friday 30 September 2016. The them of the workshops is "Using the Census Bureau's Economic Data to Look at Washington's Healthcare Industry." Workshop descriptions and sign-up information are given below.

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Course Offerings

Introduction to SPSS


This class introduces SPSS basic structure and layout. We will go over how to import, manage, and record data as well as do some descriptive statistics and simple analyses like t-test, correlation, and regression.

Instructor: Stephanie Lee, CSSCR Consultant
Date: Monday, Sept 26, 2016
Time: 11:00am - 11:50am Place: Savery 117
Register here.

Introduction to Interactive Graphics in R


Working within R/Rstudio offer increasing opportunities to develop useful interactive graphics tools for data exploration and analysis. Interactive graphics can help communicate interesting patterns in data to a general audience, or even simply facilitate efficient preliminary exploration of data prior to starting structured causal analysis or hypothesis testing. This course will provide a brief introduction to two of the most popular packages for developing interactive graphics in R: plotlly and shiny. Basic familiarity with R and R graphics (particularly ggplot) recommended.

Instructor: Carolina Johnson, CSSCR Consultant
Date: Monday, Sept 26, 2016
Time: 1:00pm - 1:50pm Place: Savery 117
Register here.

RATS! Repeated-measures ANOVA tutorial series: Mixed-effects models in R and SPSS


Mixed-effects models are appropriate for experimental designs that include both fixed and random factors. This type of design is common in psychology, medical research, and many other areas. Random factors are characteristic of repeated-measures designs, in which two or more observations are collected for each subject. In this session I will demonstrate how to implement mixed-effects models for a repeated-measures design using both R and SPSS.

Instructor: Colin Beam, CSSCR Consultant
Date: Monday, Sept 26, 2016
Time: 2:00pm - 2:50pm Place: Savery 117
Register here.

Introduction to Schrivner writing software


Scrivener is a word processing and content management tool that helps a writer organize and structure a document. This course introduces Schrivner for academic writing.

Instructor: Laine Rutledge, CSSCR Consultant
Date: Monday, Sept 26, 2016
Time: 3:00pm - 3:50pm Place: Savery 117
Register here.

Using Census Bureau Demographic and Economic Data to Spur Economic Development: Case Study on Washington's Healthcare Industry


This workshop will combine both presentation and lab formats to provide a deep, detailed dive into the data from selected monthly, quarterly, annual, and periodic economic programs conducted by the US Census Bureau that can be used by economic planners and development staff to promote economic growth in Washington. While focusing on the healthcare industry, Andy will show how the economic development landscape changes depending on whether you focus on employer businesses alone or include non-employer businesses. Attendees will learn how to use the data through hands on exercises.

Instructor: Andy Hait, Census Bureau
Date: Friday, Sept 30, 2016
Time: 9:30am - 11:30am Place: Savery 117
Register here.

Using Census Bureau Data for Business Development: Introducing Census Business Builder


Focusing on the healthcare industry, this workshop will continue to elaborate on topics touched on in the morning workshop and will show how grant writers, planners, and others can use information from the Census Bureau's economic and demographic programs. Local area data for Washington will be discussed that can help businesses better understand their customers and market as well as their competitors and industry. New features from the Census Business Builder: Small Business Edition and the Census Business Builder: the Regional Analyst Edition will be highlighted. Attendees will learn about the data and tools through hands on exercises.

Instructor: Andy Hait, Census Bureau
Date: Friday, Sept 30, 2016
Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm Place: Savery 117
Register here.

To register for the above classes, follow this link.

The Center for Social Science Computation and Research (CSSCR) is an interdepartmental computer center in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington. CSSCR provides facilities and consulting support for computing activity related to teaching and research at the University.

Hours of Operation

Autumn Quarter

Consulting and Computers: Monday to Thursday: 8:00am to 9:00pm, Friday: 8:00am to 5:00pm
Office: Monday to Friday: 8:00am to 12:00pm, 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Monday, Sept 26th, we are closed for training (except for our short courses).
We are closed weekends and for university holidays

Contact Us

Center for Social Science Computation & Research
University of Washington
110 Savery Hall
Box 353345
Seattle, Washington 98195 U.S.A.
(206) 543-8110
If you would like to request academic accommodations due to a disability, please contact Disabled Student Services, 448 Schmitz, 543-8924 (V/TDD). If you have a letter from Disabled Student Services indicating you have a disability that requires academic accommodations, please present the letter to Darryl Holman at CSSCR so we may discuss the accommodations you might need for class.
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