- Stewardship Practices of U.S. Biobanks
- Virtual Computing Lab Makes Software Available Remotely
- Data Seal of Approval: Standards & Best Practices
- Join the Odum Listserv
- Reporting Workshop at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication
- Frank Porter Graham Opens Professional Development Center
- Interdisciplinary Behavioral and Social Science Research
- Odum and SILS Receive IMLS Grant
- Statistical Consulting Available at the Dept. of Statistics & Operations Research
- Funding Opportunities
- News from Institute for Social & Economic Research
- ICPSR News
Odum staff members Cathy Zimmer and Teresa Edwards are authors on a recent publication on biobanks, based on a survey conducted by the Odum Institute in 2012. For more information, please go to:
The Odum Institute, in partnership with ITS Research Computing, has made available several lab applications on the Virtual Computing Laboratory (VCL). Located at vcl.unc.edu, you can reserve an environment with many of the applications available in the Odum Institute computer labs from any computer with a remote desktop client (such as a Windows, Mac, or Linux computer). The service is available to any UNC student, faculty, or staff member.
Odum Institute environments available:
- GIS/Spatial Analysis Applications (with ArcGIS 9.3.1, ENVI+IDL, and many other spatial analysis applications)
- LaTeX (with TeXNicCenter, MikTeX, and JabRef)
To get started, visit vcl.unc.edu, or read one of the help documents below:
Quick User Guide
Odum Institute Detailed User Guide (PDF)
VCL Help Topics
If you have any problems or difficulties with using the VCL, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For problems or questions about the Odum Institute VCL images, please e-mail email@example.com.
The Odum Data Archive is committed to establishing trust through compliance with standards and best practices. Standards produced by external groups provide useful criteria for objectively measuring and establishing the trustworthiness of a data repository. In response to this commitment, the Odum Data Archive has attained the 2014-2015 Data Seal of Approval (DSA). The DSA is a peer-reviewed self-assessment that includes 16 guidelines that together determines qualification.
The 16 DSA guidelines are based on the following five criteria:
- The data can be found on the Internet
- The data are accessible
- The data are in a usable format
- The data are reliable
- The data are identified in a unique and persistent way so that they can be referred to
For more information about the Data Seal of Approval, visit the DSA website
To view the Odum Data Archive’s completed DSA application, click here.
The Odum Institute regularly sends out announcements regarding short courses, special events, and news in the social and behavioral sciences. If you would like to be on our listserv, click here.
The UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication, in partnership with the Robert R. McCormick Foundation and The Poynter Institute for Media Studies, is proud to announce a new McCormick Specialized Reporting Institute, "Reporting Sex Trafficking: Local Problem with Global Dimensions."
This free workshop is designed for professional journalists from all fields of the media to learn more about this increasingly important problem and to provide the tools and approaches necessary to recognize, understand and report sex trafficking in their communities. It will educate reporters to cover issues of sex trafficking responsibly and accurately in an effort to raise this international issue in the public's awareness.
Thursday, Nov. 14 to Saturday, Nov. 16.
UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Successful applicants will have their travel and accommodation costs paid for.
For further information about the workshop, including details on the schedule, instructors, and how to apply, please visit: http://reportingtrafficking.jomc.unc.edu
Contacts: Prof. Barbara Friedman (firstname.lastname@example.org/Prof. Anne Johnston ( email@example.com
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is opening a new professional development center to provide teachers and administrators with a wide array of resources on child development and education. The Professional Development Center at UNC's Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute will include workshops, free courses, major conferences, and many other services. For more information, click
Full proposal deadline date: December 3, 2013
Please be aware that significant changes have been made to the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guides (PAPPG) to implement revised merit review criteria based on teh National Science Board (NSB) report, National Science Foundation's Merit Review Criteria: Review and Revisions.
For more information, please click here.
The Odum Institute, University Libraries, and the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) have been awarded a half-million dollar continuing education grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
The grant will focus on Curating Research Assets and Data using Lifecycle Education (CRADLE). CRADLE is focused on helping data librarians, archivists, and information and library science students learn about data management and on providing instruction to data creators in their institutions.
Dr. Helen Tibbo, distinguished professor at SILS, is the principal investigator. Thu-Mai Christian, an archival research associate at Odum, is a co-PI on the project.
Christian says, “We are happy to play a role in the development of much needed data management courses for library and archives professionals, as well as researchers who are increasingly burdened with data management requirements.”
The project will result in free online courses on data management for researchers and information professionals to be offered through a "free university" platform as well as face-to-face workshops involving UNC staff, faculty, and students. Support is provided for two CRADLE fellows who will learn about and contribute to the development of this work on effective and efficient data lifecycle management.
The Odum partnership with SILS and the University Libraries brings together a wealth of expertise in effective data lifecycle management and instruction. The Odum Institute looks forward to lending its experience with managing and archiving digital research data and its domain knowledge in the social sciences.
The UNC Department of Statistics and Operations Research will begin offering free statistical consulting this fall.
Faculty and students at UNC who would like assistance are invited to give a presentation about the data analytic problem at hand. This generates a question-and-answer dialogue, which by itself has proven to be useful in helping clients formulate their ideas.
In the past the Dept. of Statistics has worked with a wide range of clients from Masters students needing help with the statistical end of their dissertation to professors working on more elaborate issues. While there are limits to what can be done in the context of this consulting, some contacts initially made through this course have led to ongoing joint research, grant proposals and published papers in diverse fields.
To sign up for this type of consulting, or to discuss this further, please contact Steve Marron, Department of Statistics and Operations Research, UNC, CB 3260, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional information is available at the web address:
NIH Funding Opportunity: Translating Basic Behavioral and Social Science Discoveries into Interventions to Improve Health-related Behaviors
For more information, click here.
Faculty Research Grants: Exploration in Global Health Grants
The Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) is a Department of the University of Essex. Its team of survey and research experts specializes in the production and analysis of longitudinal data. One of its resources, EUROMOD, is a tax-benefit microsimulation model for the European Union (EU) that enables researchers and policy analysts to calculate, in a comparable manner, the effects of taxes and benefits on household incomes and work incentives for the population of each country and for the EU as a whole. EUROMOD can help researchers with the following: estimation of poverty, inequality and redistribution statistics under actual conditions, previous or future tax-benefit rules; budgetary effects; effects of simple tax-benefit policy reforms (or illustrative changes to household composition and original income); “model family” calculations; and indicators of work incentives. Details of how to access this resource and the research it generates are detailed within the EUROMOD newsletter.
For more information, please go to www.iser.essex.ac.uk/euromod.