2011-07-28

George Alter accepts five-year appointment as ICPSR Director

George Alter, acting director of ICPSR since November 2009, has accepted the position of Director for a five-year term starting in September.

Alter has been in important administrative roles at ICPSR since 2007, when he started as Associate Director of ICPSR and Director of the Collection Development unit.

His appointment as Director marks an important milestone in ICPSR’s development, and will help the consortium take advantage of new research and preservation opportunities over the next several years.

“The ICPSR Council, ISR leadership and I have full confidence in George’s ability in leading ICPSR during this period,” said ISR Director James S. Jackson.

“As we look toward new opportunities and challenges in data management, we’re truly excited about the future of ICPSR under the capable leadership of George Alter,” said Ann Wolpert, chair of the ICPSR Council.

Along with his position at ICPSR, Alter holds two academic appointments at the University of Michigan -- Professor of History and Research Professor at ISR’s Population Studies Center. He is also president of the Social Science History Association in 2011.

Before coming to ICPSR, Alter was a professor in the History Department at Indiana University, where he had held various positions since 1979. He holds a bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master’s in Applied Economics from U-M.

“I’m thrilled to serve this great organization at such an exciting time. There has never been as much recognition of the important work that we do at ICPSR, and the coming years promise to be challenging and productive,” Alter said.

Alter replaces Myron Gutmann, who left ICPSR after 8 years as director to lead the National Science Foundation’s Social, Behavioral and Economics Directorate.

2011-07-25

New Releases through 2011-07-24

Below is a list of new data collection additions to the ICPSR data archive along with a list of released data collections that have been updated:

New Additions

Updates

2011-07-18

New Releases through 2011-07-17

Below is a list of new data collection additions to the ICPSR data archive along with a list of released data collections that have been updated:

New Additions

Updates

2011-07-15

New data on drug abuse available

For the first time in over a decade, public-use data files available are available for the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN). The DAWN is a nationally representative public health surveillance system that continuously monitors hospital drug-related emergency department (ED) visits and drug-related deaths reported by select coroner and medical examiner offices across the country.

The 2008 DAWN ED public-use data and documentation files are available for download through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive Web site. Variables in DAWN provide details on the ED visit, including type of case, case disposition, drug involvement in the ED visit, route of administration, and the number of unique drugs reported. A metropolitan area indicator is included for the metropolitan areas that DAWN oversamples. Through SAMHDA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is planning to also release DAWN data starting from 2004 to 2007 and 2009 onwards in the upcoming year.

2008 Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN)

The Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) is a nationally representative public health surveillance system that continuously monitors hospital drug-related emergency department (ED) visits and drug-related deaths reported by select coroner and medical examiner offices across the country.

For the first time in over a decade, SAMHSA is now making public-use data files available for the DAWN. The 2008 DAWN ED public-use data and documentation files are available for download. Variables in DAWN provide details on the ED visit, including type of case, case disposition, drug involvement in the ED visit, route of administration, and the number of unique drugs reported. A metropolitan area indicator is included for the metropolitan areas that DAWN oversamples. SAMHSA is planning to also release DAWN data starting from 2004 to 2007 and 2009 onwards in the upcoming year.

2011-07-14

CMGPD-LN analytical and kinship datasets available

The Liaoning Analytic and Kinship Files are now available. See the Data tab for more information. Instructions for merging to the Liaoning Basic File are included in the download. The Analytic File contains many variables that will enhance analysis, such as estimated income, position, rank, and various indicators of social status. The Kinship File provides IDs of paternal and maternal ancestors, and counts of relatives to the third generation, by type and whether in the same household as ego (e.g., the number of older brothers, the number of unmarried older female third cousins, the number of unmarried sisters in the household).

NCAA archive updates academic progress data

The NCAA Student-Athlete Experiences Data Archive has updated its data on Division I Academic Progress Rates.

The dataset, NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate, 2011, now includes the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 seasons. The data contains team level academic performances available by division, by conference, and by school.

The Student-Athlete Experiences Data Archive includes user-friendly data collections related to graduation rates; team-level Academic Progress Rates in Division I; and individual-level data on the experiences of current and former student-athletes from the NCAA's Growth, Opportunities, Aspirations and Learning of Students in college study (GOALS), and the Study of College Outcomes and Recent Experiences (SCORE).

These data represent a valuable source of information for addressing a variety of issues related to both intercollegiate athletics and higher education generally. These data are collected to help answer research questions posed by college presidents, athletics personnel, faculty, student-athlete groups, the media, researchers and others in the higher education community and to assist in the development of national athletics policies.

2011-07-13

An invitation to an ICPSR reception at ASA in Las Vegas

In commemoration of its forthcoming 50th year in data management and preservation, ICPSR cordially invites you to a celebratory reception during the 2011 American Sociological Association meeting.

The reception will take place on Sunday, August 21, 2011, from 7:00 - 9:00 pm in the Emperors I room within Caesars Palace-Las Vegas.

To assist us in planning for this event, please register to attend.

Please contact Linda Detterman with any questions or stop by our booth (#513) in the Exhibit Hall.

We look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas!

Linda Detterman
Assistant Director, Collection Delivery
Director, Marketing & Membership

2011-07-11

New Releases through 2011-07-10

Below is a list of new data collection additions to the ICPSR data archive along with a list of released data collections that have been updated:

New Additions

Updates

2011-07-08

Methodological Issues in Quantitative Research on Race and Ethnicity

For the past two years, John Garcia, RCMD Director, has taught a course examing research design, measurement, and analytical issues in quantitative research on racial and ethnic populations in the United States. The course occurs in the first session of the ICPSR Summer Program. For more information please refer to the link below:

Methodological Issues in Quantitative Research on Race and Ethnicity

RCMD at APA Advanced Training Institute

On June 23, 2011, David Thomas, RCMD archive manager, was a co-presenter at the American Psychological Association Advanced Training Institute on Research Methods with Diverse Racial and Ethnic Groups held at Michigan State University (MSU). David presented with MSU professor Brent Donnellan on "Archival Research and Secondary Data Analysis with Culturally Diverse Populations."

APA Advanced Training Institutes

Directors named to two ICPSR archives

New directors have been named for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive (SAMHDA) and the National Drug Abuse and HIV Data Program (NAHDAP).

SAMHDA will be led by John E. Marcotte, whose research specialties include data management and security, power analysis and sampling, and longitudinal data analysis. His latest publications examine long term care of the elderly. Marcotte recently served as the Director of Research Data Services for the School of Arts and Sciences and Senior Statistician for the School of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a doctorate in demography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

SAMHDA promotes the access and use of the nation’s preeminent substance abuse and mental health research data by assuring accurate public use data files and documentation to support a better understanding of this critical area of public health. It is a project of the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (CBHSQ) in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

The new leader of NAHDAP is Amy Pienta, who also serves as ICPSR’s Director of Acquisitions. Pienta’s areas of research specialization include the demography of aging, marriage and family in later life, and health and retirement. Her work has also addressed the use of addictive substances later in life, including a paper published in the Journal of Health and Aging on smoking cessation and marriage. She has been with ICPSR since 2003 and will continue her role as Director of Acquisitions. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

NAHDAP acquires, preserves, and disseminates data on HIV and drug addiction to encourage social and behavioral research on major issues affecting public policy. NAHDAP is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, part of the National Institutes of Health.

2011-07-07

Former ICPSR executive director Richard Hofferbert dies

Richard I. Hofferbert, who served as ICPSR’s executive director from 1970 to 1975 and an ICPSR Council member from 1967 to 1969, died July 6 at his home in Venice, Florida.

According to the Blalock Report of the ICPSR Review Committee issued in 1989, Hofferbert’s accomplishments as leader of the consortium were manifold: He saw ICPSR through a period of relative fiscal stringency; developed important international relationships; and oversaw a broadening of archival holdings.

Hofferbert was a faculty member of the University of Michigan Political Science department, and came to Michigan from Cornell University. He went to the State University of New York at Binghamton after Michigan.

Hofferbert was involved in the comparative study of public policy at state and local levels of government. He developed the dataset Socio-Economic, Public Policy, and Political Data for the United States, 1890-1960 and a comparative counterpart that covered selected demographic, social, economic, public policy, and political comparative data for Switzerland, Canada, France, and Mexico.

Hofferbert was also instrumental in making the German Electoral Data Project -- a collaboration among ICPSR, the Zentralarchiv, and ZUMA -- a success during the 1970s. He also launched the Comparative Political Party Manifestos project with Hans-Deiter Klingemann and Ian Budge.

Before becoming executive director, Hofferbert served on the ICPSR Council for three years.

Hofferbert is survived by his wife Rose and two sons.

The updated NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate, 2011 is now available for download and online analysis.

2011-07-05

New Releases through 2011-07-04

Below is a list of new data collection additions to the ICPSR data archive along with a list of released data collections that have been updated:

New Additions

Updates