Registration Open for Annual Consumer Expenditure Survey Microdata Users' Workshop

The Consumer Expenditure Survey (CE) is excited to announce that registration for the ninth annual Microdata Users' Workshop is now open!

The free workshop, held July 16-18, 2014, in Washington, DC, provides a unique opportunity for CE data users to receive hands-on training and access to CE microdata experts. The Bureau of Labor Statistics-based workshop attracts academics, private sector researchers, and government professionals from all over the country.

The agenda includes internal and external presenters chosen to enhance the learning experience. CE experts guide attendees through carefully crafted interactive practical training sessions. The structure and schedule of the three-day workshop provides maximum opportunity for attendees to engage with others who share their interest in learning more about using the CE microdata. Join us!

  • Dates: July 16-18, 2014
  • Location: Washington, DC
  • Cost: Free
  • Information & Registration: Website (www.bls.gov/cex/csxannualworkshop.htm)


DSDR welcomes Ryan and Allyson to the project!

The DSDR team is excited to welcome two new student employees, Ryan Steinberg and Allyson Setton, to the project. Ryan is a senior majoring in political science and economics, and Allyson is a sophomore majoring in Psychology and English. Both Ryan and Ally are excited to contribute to the project and learn new skills in research and data management!


NAHDAP Summer Workshop on "Bayesian Methods for Prevention and Intervention Science"

NAHDAP will host a course in the ICPSR's Summer Program entitled "Bayesian Methods for Prevention and Intervention Science" in Ann Arbor from June 30 to July 2, 2014.

The orientation of this workshop is to introduce prevention and intervention scientists to the basic elements of Bayesian statistics and to show, through discussion and practice, why the Bayesian perspective provides a powerful alternative to the frequentist perspective. Dr. David Kaplan from the University of Wisconsin at Madison will be the instructor.

The course will utilize the SAFE Children data that NAHDAP plans to release by March 31, 2014. SAFE Children is a longitudinal study testing the efficacy of family-based comprehensive preventive intervention among children living in Chicago. Children, primary caregivers, and teachers were interviewed over the span of 11 years beginning in 1997.

Prerequisites: Participants are expected to have a background in basic statistical methods up to, and including, regression analysis. Some exposure to growth curve modeling is desirable.

Fee. There are no tuition fees for accepted participants.

Deadline. The deadline to apply is May 1, 2014.

Application. Admission to this workshop is competitive. Enrollment is limited to 25 participants. Applicants must provide a current curriculum vita and cover letter with their application. Get more information about the workshop and apply online using the ICPSR Summer Program portal.


Submissions Sought for Student Data Curation Research Paper Competition

The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) invites original student submissions for a research paper competition on data curation.

The competition encourages and highlights exemplary student research on data curation, including, but not limited to, such topics as:

  • Data management planning
  • Support of the data curation lifecycle
  • Metadata
  • Data confidentiality
  • Preservation
  • Cost modeling

It is open to all undergraduate, master's, or PhD students, and recent graduates who graduated on or after April 1, 2013. Entrants may be from the US or outside the US.

This contest is new in 2014 and was initiated with the help of longtime ICPSR Official Representative Libbie Stephenson.

The first-place winner receives $1,000; second place, $750.

The submission deadline is May 30, 2014.

Additional information


New Update Released: National Death Index File Data (National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health), 1994-2008: Disposition Files [Restricted Use])

DSDR is pleased to announce the release of the National Death Index File Dataset as an update to the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health), 1994-2008: Disposition Files [Restricted Use] (ICPSR 27034).

Part 4 was updated with a file containing cause of death information for Add Health respondents reported deceased at Wave III (n=96) and Wave IV (n=126). The cause of death information was obtained from the National Death Index (NDI), 2007, which is produced by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). The NDI uses the World Health Organization's (WHO) International Classification of Disease (ICD) codes to identify causes of death. The NDI dataset contains 3 variables and has 227 observations. The dataset identifies cause of death, as well as the number of
days between the respondent's Wave I interview and the 2007 NDI reported date of death.

New RCMD Article Provides Insights from Researcher Ruben Rumbaut

The Resource Center for Minority Data (RCMD) at ICPSR is pleased to make available a new article based on an in-depth interview with Ruben G. Rumbaut, professor of sociology at University of California, Irvine, and a Principal Investigator of the Children of Immigrants Longitudinal Study (CILS) [ICPSR Study 20520].

Ruben Rumbaut
Ruben Rumbaut
Rumbaut explains how the CILS began and comments on its objectives and major findings -- providing useful advice for other researchers who are attempting to analyze the data. He also gives his thoughts on several other topics, including:

  • Stimulating aspects of being a researcher
  • Challenges present in the research process
  • Why data sharing is essential
  • Reasons he deposited research data with ICPSR/RCMD
  • Applying the research experience in the classroom
  • His plans for future research endeavors

As a bonus, audio files of the entire interview and of individual questions are provided within the article, hyperlinked for easy access.

RCMD Interview Series
The RCMD team provides interviews such as this one as a way to highlight excellent work done by top researchers and to provide greater knowledge about the research experience. Both seasoned faculty and students just starting their research careers will find in these articles much of interest.

Ruben Rumbaut article (PDF 1.4MB)

Other RCMD Principal Investigator interviews

Additionally, learn more in this video interview with Rumbaut, courtesy of University of California, Irvine.


SWAN (Study of Women's Health Across the Nation) - now publicly available.

The SWAN (Study of Women's Health Across the Nation) data series can now be downloaded directly from the NACDA website using your MyData account registration.

  • Study of Women's Health Across the Nation (SWAN), 1995-1997: Cross-Sectional Screener Dataset (ICPSR 4368)

  • Study of Women's Health Across the Nation (SWAN), 1996-1997: Baseline Dataset (ICPSR 28762)

  • Study of Women's Health Across the Nation (SWAN), 1997-1999: Visit 01 Dataset (ICPSR 29221)

  • Study of Women's Health Across the Nation (SWAN), 1998-2000: Visit 02 Dataset (ICPSR 29401)

  • Study of Women's Health Across the Nation (SWAN), 1999-2001: Visit 03 Dataset (ICPSR 29701)

  • Study of Women's Health Across the Nation (SWAN), 2000-2002: Visit 04 Dataset (ICPSR 30142)

  • Study of Women's Health Across the Nation (SWAN), 1998-2001:  Family Medical History From Visits 02, 03, and 04 Dataset (ICPSR 30181)

  • Online Learning Module Explores What Data Can Teach Us About Love and Attraction

    Just in time for Valentine's Day, ICPSR's Resources for Instructors announces the release of a new Data-Driven Learning Guide, "Is Love Really Blind?" DDLGs are designed by teaching faculty to help build data literacy in undergraduate classrooms.

    Modern Westerners brought up on a diet of popular songs and romantic movies tend to believe that interpersonal attraction and mate selection are both random and very subjective. Popular culture propagates the notion of "love at first sight" and teaches us that "love is blind," "love just happens," and "you can't help who you fall in love with." Research shows, however, that society aims Cupid's arrow more than we like to think: We tend to be attracted to, and to marry, people who are close to us in age, racial/ethnic and religious backgrounds, education level, political views, and social status. This is known in sociology as homogamy, or the tendency of like to marry like.

    This DDLG helps students explore factors that influence the development of romantic relationships, using crosstabulations and comparison of means.

    About DDLGs

    They are set up as online lesson plans ready to be used in undergraduate classrooms. Each contains a description and examples of the focal concept, the data needed for empirical application using basic statistical techniques, a guide to interpretation, and a summary of the exercise. DDLGs are provided under a Creative Commons (attribution) License.

    ICPSR's ever-expanding library of instructional resources now offers 52 DDLGs covering a broad range of social science topics.

    Some recent and/or popular releases include:

    We appreciate any feedback or suggestions for new learning guide topics.

    Questions or comments? Email Resources for Instructors at netmail@icpsr.umich.edu or call 734-615-5653.


    Call for Applications: 2014 Summer Institute in LGBT Population Health

    On July 14-August 8, 2014, The Center for Population Research in LGBT Health at The Fenway Institute and the Department of Community Health Sciences at Boston University School of Public Health are hosting a Summer Institute in LGBT Population Health in Boston, Massachusetts.
    The Institute will provide participants with foundational training in interdisciplinary theory, knowledge and methods for conducting population research in sexual and gender minority health. Current doctoral or Masters’ students and recent doctoral program graduates are eligible to apply for one of 18 spots in the program.
    To be held over four weeks at Boston University and Fenway Health, the Summer Institute will include several components:
    1.   a dynamic Cornerstone Seminar in LGBT Health and Social Life that overviews key topics, methods, and perspectives in the interdisciplinary study of LGBT Health and includes guest lectures from expert researchers in the field; 
    2.   short-course instruction in statistics and quantitative data analysis at the intermediate and advanced-intermediate levels; and
    3.   hands-on training in analysis of LGBT population health data through an Independent Research Project.
    There is no cost for tuition and participants may apply for free housing* in Boston University dormitories during the Institute. The Summer Institute is funded by a grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (grant number R25HD064426).
    Please see the attached Call for Applications for further details on how to apply.  

    Applications will be accepted until April 1, 2014.  

    For more information, 

    New ICPSR Council Members Named; Achen Appointed to Council Chair

    ICPSR is pleased to welcome six new members to its Governing Council and to announce the appointment of Council member Christopher Achen to a two-year term as Council Chair.

    After approval by the ICPSR Official Representatives, the following members will start their four-year terms on the Council at its meeting in March in Ann Arbor (view Council member biography page).
    • Janet Box-Steffensmeier is the Vernal Riffe Professor of Political Science, Distinguished University Scholar, and professor of Sociology at Ohio State University (courtesy appointment), where she directs the Program in Statistics and Methodology (PRISM). She is one of the top political methodologists working on time-series analysis and publishing path-breaking research on error-correction models, fractional integration, and ARFIMA models.
    • Robert Chen is the director of the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) and a senior research scientist. He served as CIESIN's deputy director from July 1998-April 2006 and as CIESIN's interim director from May 2006-January 2007. Chen is also the manager and co-principal investigator of the Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center, a data center in the NASA Earth Observing System Data and Information System.
    • Philip Jefferson is Centennial Professor of Economics at Swarthmore College and a former research economist at the Federal Reserve Board. He teaches macroeconomics and econometrics. His recent research has delved into such issues as the role of education as a buffer against unemployment, the effect of business cycles on poverty rates, and the distribution of income between labor and capital.
    • Chandra Muller holds the Alma Cowden Madden Centennial Professorship in Liberal Arts and is a professor of sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. She also is a faculty associate of the Population Research Center at the university. Her current research is on how family, community, education policy, and health behaviors shape education and the transition to adulthood.
    • Ronald Nakao is a Data and Computational Social Science Librarian and has been a Data and Technology Specialist in the Social Sciences Data and Software division of the Stanford Libraries for over 20 years. He works extensively with faculty on their projects and assists them in addressing documentation, access, analysis, and archiving issues.
    • William Vega is Provost Professor and Executive Director of the Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging at the University of Southern California. He holds appointments in social work, preventive medicine, psychiatry, and family medicine. Vega has conducted research projects on health, mental health, and substance abuse throughout the United States and Latin America. His specialty is multicultural epidemiologic and services research with adolescents and adults.
    Christopher Achen, the new Chair, is the Roger Williams Straus Professor of Social Sciences, Professor of Politics at Princeton University. His research interest is political methodology, particularly its application to empirical democratic theory, American politics, and international relations.

    The new members replace the following members, whose terms are expiring:
    • Rogelio Saenz, University of Texas at San Antonio (who will serve for one more year as Past Chair) 
    • G. Sayeed Choudhury, Johns Hopkins University 
    • Paul N. Courant, University of Michigan
    • Catherine A. Fitch, University of Minnesota 
    • Gregory N. Price, Morehouse College 
    • Barbara Schneider, Michigan State University
    The 12-person ICPSR Governing Council acts on administrative, budgetary, and organizational issues on behalf of all ICPSR members. It meets three times each year.