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March 2015

2015 International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling, & Prediction (SBP15)

March 31, 2015 - April 3, 2015
UCDC Center, 1608 Rhode Island Ave
Washington, DC 20036 United States
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Social computing harnesses the power of computational methods to study social behavior within a social context. Cultural behavioral modeling refers to representing behavior and culture in the abstract, and is a convenient and powerful way to conduct virtual experiments and scenario analysis. Both social computing and cultural behavioral modeling are techniques designed to achieve a better understanding of complex behaviors, patterns, and associated outcomes of interest. Moreover, these approaches are inherently interdisciplinary; subsystems and system components exist at multiple levels…

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April 2015

RCGD Seminar Series: Shinobu Kitayama

April 6, 2015 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Institute for Social Research, Room 1430, 426 Thompson
Ann Arbor, MI United States
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Institute for Social Research, Room 1430, 426 Thompson, Ann Arbor, MI United States Speaker: Dr. Shinobu Kitayama Title: Mapping Mindsets: Connecting Culture, Brain, and Genes Description: Cultural psychology of the last two decades has drawn a macroscopic view of variation in self, cognition, emotion, and motivation across different cultural groups, focusing largely on individuals with European heritage and those with Asian heritage. More recently, researchers have extended this work by exploring1) evolutionary and historical origins of the large-scale psychological variation that…

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RCGD Seminar Series: Michael Neale

April 13, 2015 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Institute for Social Research, Room 1430, 426 Thompson
Ann Arbor, MI United States
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Institute for Social Research, Room 1430, 426 Thompson, Ann Arbor, MI United States Speaker: Dr. Michael Neale Title: Optimizing measurement and analysis of complex traits Description: Complex traits such as drug abuse and psychiatric disorders typically have many causes and risk factors. These risk factors may be quantitative or qualitative, and their effects may be detected in the distributions of the traits, similar to the way that cosmologists detect exoplanets or solar systems. Recommended reading: Neale, M.C., Aggen, S. H., Maes,…

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Methods for Collecting Neuroscience Data in Population Research Seminar

April 15, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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The Population Studies Center at the Institute for Social Research is sponsoring a 4-part seminar series on the topic of applying perspectives from neuroscience to demographic research.  In the second seminar UM faculty Luke Hyde, Ioulia Kovelman, and Fred Morrison will present methods for collecting neuroimaging data in population-based research, including fMRI, EEG, and fNIRS. We’ll begin with an introduction to how each method is used, the type of information it gathers, and the samples and contexts in which it…

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RCGD Seminar Series: Jim Blascovich

April 20, 2015 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Institute for Social Research, Room 1430, 426 Thompson
Ann Arbor, MI United States
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Institute for Social Research, Room 1430, 426 Thompson, Ann Arbor, MI United States Speaker: Jim Blascovich Title: Challenge and threat meet fMRI: A history Description: The biopsychosocial model of challenge and threat has its roots in a simple research study published long ago. The identification of patterns of cardiovascular responses marking these motivational states has become more informative as both our understanding of these neurophsyiological processes and assessment technologies have increased in sophistication. The challenge/threat paradigm has been employed by numerous…

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May 2015

Applying Perspectives from Neuroscience to Demographic Research Seminar Part 3

May 13, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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The Population Studies Center at the Institute for Social Research is sponsoring a 4-part seminar series on the topic of applying perspectives from neuroscience to demographic research. We’ll begin with an introduction to how each method is used, the type of information it gathers, and the samples and contexts in which it is appropriate. We’ll then discuss how each type of information can enhance traditional approaches to research questions in population studies. The schedule for the remainder of the series…

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Applying Perspectives from Neuroscience to Demographic Research Seminar-Part 4

May 27, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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The Population Studies Center at the Institute for Social Research is sponsoring a 4-part seminar series on the topic of applying perspectives from neuroscience to demographic research. We’ll begin with an introduction to how each method is used, the type of information it gathers, and the samples and contexts in which it is appropriate. We’ll then discuss how each type of information can enhance traditional approaches to research questions in population studies. All sessions will be held at ISR, 426…

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June 2015

NIH Science of Team Science (SciTS) 2015 Conference

June 2, 2015 @ 8:00 am - June 5, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
NIH Natcher Conference Center, Building 45
Bethesda, MD United States
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SciTS is a rapidly growing cross-disciplinary field of study that aims to build an evidence-base and to develop translational applications to help maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of team based research. The 2006 National Institutes of Health SciTS Conference<http://cancercontrol.cancer.gov/brp/scienceteam/index.html> was key to launching the SciTS field. Nearly 10 years later, the 2015 NIH SciTS 2015 Conference is positioned to review the current state of knowledge in the SciTS field, highlight applications for enhancing team science, and discuss future directions for…

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Innovations in Collaborative Modeling Conference

June 4, 2015 - June 5, 2015
Kellogg Center, 219 S. Harrison Rd.
East Lansing, MI 48824 United States
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This conference will focus on the use of systems modeling techniques in managing the complex social and environmental problems related to food systems, natural systems, wildlife management, water, health, transportation, and education. Call for Proposals Because of the intricate connections between complex social and environmental problems, we are soliciting papers, demonstrations, and posters on: Trans-disciplinary (linked) modeling that involves the integration of knowledge and practice across the natural and social, behavioral, and economic sciences, public health, and other related disciplines…

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July 2015

Short Course on Complex Systems Modeling for Public Health

July 27, 2015 @ 8:30 am - July 31, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
University of Michigan School of Public Health, 1415 Washinton Heights
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2029 United States
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$525

This course will provide an introduction to three major complex systems science modeling techniques with wide applicability to public health. We will cover an introductory overview to each technique, examples of applications, brief discussions of best practices, and some initial hands-on lab experience. At the completion of the course the student will be able to explain current and potential future roles of complex systems science in public health and describe each of the three approaches and their respective advantages/disadvantages. Students…

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