|BioSocial Methods Newsletter – March 2016 – Issue #10|
MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
Daniel Almirall and Susan Murphy
Assessing Time-Varying Causal Effect Moderation in Mobile Health
Victoria Booth and Michael Zochowski
Network Heterogeneity and Seizure Generation
What Causes Stuttering?
The Countries Where People are the Most Emotionally Complex
Richard Gonzalez and Brenda Volling
Individual Variation in Fathers’ Testosterone Reactivity to Infant Distress Predicts Parenting Behaviors with their 1-year old Infants
Betsy Lozoff and Niko Kaciroti
Maternal Obesity During Pregnancy is Negatively Associated with Maternal and Neonatal Iron Status
Shinobu Kitayama and Carolyn Yoon
Dopamine-System Genes and Cultural Acquisition: The Norm Sensitivity Hypothesis
Memory Recall and Spike Frequency Adaptation
Congratulations Alfred P. Sloan Fellow Honglak Lee
Honglak Lee, Ph. D. is Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering Division, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department and was one of three U-M assistant professors that are among the 126 early career scientists and scholars from the United States and Canada selected as 2016 Alfred P. Sloan research fellows.
Richard Gonzalez, BioSocial Methods Collaborative Director, recruited as Psychological Science’s Statistical Advisor
Editors for Psychological Science have recruited a team of six statistical advisors to evaluate methods and statistics used in submitted research articles.
Congratulations Helix Scientific Advisory Board Appointee Goncalo Abecasis
Goncalo Abecasis, Ph.D., is Felix E. Moore Collegiate Professor of Biostatistics and Chair of the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Michigan. Dr. Abecasis’ research focuses on the development of statistical tools for the identification and study of genetic variants important in human disease. Helix, a consumer genomics company, announced the formation of the company’s Scientific Advisory Board (“SAB”) with the appointment of seven of the world’s foremost experts in genomics. The members of the SAB will serve as strategic and scientific resources to Helix as it builds a novel consumer genomics ecosystem.
Mixed Emotions Conference Updates:
Mixed Emoti-Con Report Available
An interdisciplinary conference on mixed emotions: theory, methods, and applications
“Operationalizing Affective Complexity: Theory, Measurement and Applications”
Symposium presenters include: Richard Lucas, Phoebe Ellsworth, Susan Charles, and one of the following: Jacqui Smith, Shannon Mejia, Lindsay Ryan, Richard Gonzalez.
U-M RNA Center for BioMedicine Inaugural Symposium
“Can RNA Answer It All? From the Origin of Life to a Future of Personalized Medicine”
2006 Nobel Prize Winner Craig C. Mello, Ph.D.
1993 Nobel Prize Winner Phillip A. Sharp, Ph.D.
March 25, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. BSRB
Postdoctoral Researcher in Agent-Based Modeling of Food Environment + Health
Overview: The Computational Epidemiology Laboratory (led by Dr. Ayaz Hyder) in the College of Public Health at The Ohio State University is seeking an exceptional postdoctoral researcher with a strong quantitative and interdisciplinary research background. The selected individual will take a leadership role in the development, calibration and validation of an agent-based model for the food environment in Franklin County, Ohio.
For full position description click here. http://u.osu.edu/hyder.22/files/2016/02/Postdoc_position_Food_Environment_ABM-1kgx4wf.pdf
Ph.D Student Internship Modeling Viral Epidemiology
IBM’s Almaden Research Center (San Jose, CA) invites applications for an internship position to conduct research in modeling viral epidemiology and possibly the impact of global climate change on vulnerable population. Applicants should have strong statistical analysis background, hands on experience working with spatio-temporal and other forms of data, and a practical knowledge of Java programming, python or R. Knowledge of mathematical modeling of infectious disease is a plus. Interested candidates are encouraged to visit the STEM web site (http://www.eclipse.org/stem/) and wiki (http://wiki.eclipse.org/index.php/STEM) to learn more about the project. We would prefer a Ph.D. student with good communication and writing skills.
Students with a demonstrated background expertise in computer science, mathematics, physics, computational genomics, bioinformatics, computational biology or equivalent areas currently enrolled in graduate programs are encouraged to apply.
Please contact Dr. Kun Hu, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information and submitting a resume.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES
June 13-17, 2016
The Mathematical Sciences in Obesity
July 25-29, 2016
Strengthening Causal Inference in Behavioral Obesity Research http://www.soph.uab.edu/energetics/causal_inference_shortcourse/second
Limited travel scholarships are available to young investigators
Application due April 1, 2016.
October 21-22, 2016
Integrating Genetics and the Social Sciences (IGSS) Conference
The Institute of Behavioral Science and University of Colorado Population Center
BioPsychoSocial Lab Updates
Examples of Studies:
Alcohol in Popular Media and College Drinking Behaviors
Sonya Dal Cin
Communication Studies; Research Center for Group Dynamics
Technologies Involved: Eye Tracking, Skin Conductance, ECG
Information Acquisition: Stopping Rules
Roberto Guedes de Nonohay
Business Operations, Strategy, and Decision Making Dynamics; Visiting Scholar-
Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
Technologies Involved: EEG, ECG, Eye Tracking
Empathy and Facial Expression Mimicry
Psychology; Research Center for Group Dynamics
Technologies Involved: Facial EMG, Skin Conductance, Automatic Facial Coding
The Collaborative will be constructing an “in context” lab facility to study the integration of data and signals as we work towards understanding how to bring research with sensors into the “field” and integrate biology and behavior in the most realistic setting possible. The implications for healthcare decisions, consumer product decisions, working towards quality of life as our population ages, etc. are compelling researchers from many different disciplines to collaborate in this arena.
Boilerplate Language Available for Grant Applications
The BioSocial Methods Collaborative has general language in the form of a facilities and resources document for federal and other grant purposes that describes the research environment at the Collaborative, as well as the facilities at the Institute for Social Research. Boilerplate language should be reviewed by the principal investigator and modified, as necessary, to ensure that the language speaks to the specific aims of the given research project.
New lab, new partnerships, new members, new scholarly events, and more.
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