SSRC is a veritable beehive of activity, pulsating and humming as we work toward finishing up some long-term projects, prepare to launch a few new initiatives, and conspire to lay our path into the new academic year.
If you harbor any sort of appreciation for the convergence of visual representation and social science, then you’ll really enjoy our recently unveiled tumblog (a blog maintained on Tumblr.com), The Visual Social Sciences. Curated by our visual social science guru, Thom Fredericks, The Visual Social Sciences is a dynamic, ever-changing, aesthetically pleasing site chock full of visual representations, typically accompanied by text, that speak somehow to the study of human society, the examination of “people doing things, and/or not doing things, together” (to quote former SSRC Research Fellow Howard Becker’s definition of social science). Please check out Thom’s amazing work. I promise that you’ll find at least one thing that justifies an hour of your time. Procrastination can be (and arguably often is) quite productive.
You can always find The Visual Social Sciences link on our website, along with our recently completed 2010 Annual Report, and a treasure trove of information (like this announcement of recently proposed IRB changes) and resources (like this link to the NIH “All About Grants” Podcast). Not to mention a link to the archives of re/search (look for the envelope icon on our website). You can also connect with us in other ways, including Twitter, Facebook (please take a moment and “Like” SSRC), and plain old email.
“Collaboration” (a regrettably overused buzz word) in its most genuine form is the name of the game around here, and we’re doing a lot of it. We enjoy solid working relationships with individual faculty scholars and also with departments and units with whom we share in common the mission of supporting faculty scholarship. In the spirit of fostering collaboration, not for its own sake but rather to benefit faculty, we’re now in the process of planning our programmatic activities for the coming academic year.
As you may know, we offer customized “Tricks of the Trade” workshops in which we teach the nuts and bolts of, for example, qualitative data analysis using NVivo (and soon Atlas.ti as well), cleaning data in SPSS, advanced modeling techniques in STATA, and so forth. We’ve also done training sessions in “Field Research Ethics” and “Winning External Grants.” Contact Rachel Lovell to schedule a consultation or training. We would like to offer more of these kinds of trainings in the future.
This is where YOU come in. We’d like to know what sorts of programs you’d like us to consider developing for you, the faculty, and for the graduate students who assist you in your creative endeavors.
So you tell us, if you could have your way, what program(s) would we be offering? Or what kinds of services would we be providing? I guess what I’m doing here is establishing a big “suggestion box.” Although we’re always open to suggestions, I want to seize this moment, in this forum, and make a concerted attempt to elicit feedback from you. What can we do to help you?
Remember, your research is our business.
Greg Scott, PhD
Director, Social Science Research Center