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Interdisciplinary Research Seminars: Carolina Population Center

September 19
MEASURE Evaluation: The Next Five Years
Dr. Jim Thomas, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, UNC-CH; Faculty Fellow, Carolina Population Center; Director, MEASURE Evaluation
Room B005 W. Franklin Street

September 26
Basic Science, Evaluation, and System Science
Drs. S. Philip Morgan, Alan Feduccia Professor of Sociology, UNC-CH; Center Director, Carolina Population Center and
Jim Thomas, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, UNC-CH; Faculty Fellow, Carolina Population Center; Director, MEASURE Evaluation
Room B005 W. Franklin Street

October 3
The Demography of Natural Disasters: What Can We Learn from DesInventar?

Dr. Mark Montgomery, Professor of Economics, Stony Brook University; Senior Associate, Population Council
Room B005 W. Franklin Street

The Odum Institute Celebrates 90 Years

June 30th, 2014 marked the 90th Anniversary for the Howard W. Odum Institute for Research in Social Science. The Institute will hold a 90th Anniversary Celebration on October 28, 2014 in the Wilson Library Pleasants Family Assembly Room from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. featuring Alan Murray, the former President of Pew Research Center and current Editor of Fortune magazine, as the guest speaker.

The Institute recently moved to Davis Library in July of 2013 and has been working closely with many organizations and university entities to continue its mission of growing and leading a world-class social science research infrastructure at UNC Chapel Hill.

For more information on upcoming 90th Anniversary events and the history of the Institute, visit our 90th Anniversary website.

NC State Qualitative Working Group Fall Schedule

NC State will have a line-up of speakers for their fall Qualitative Working Group meetings. These meetings are open to faculty and students from all backgrounds and disciplines, including students and faculty from UNC-Chapel HIll. Each meeting will be led by a featured qualitative researcher with plenty of time for discussion. The sessions are intended to spark conversation, provide professional support, and open opportunities for collaboration. Please see below for an overview of the sessions and the biographies of our featured speakers. If you have any questions or ideas for future meetings, please e-mail Meghan Manfra at
Session Descriptions
September 2
Poe 512
12-1:30 p.m.

What Qualitative Research Can Teach Us about Teach for America and Charter District Reform
Beth Sondel
New Orleans will begin the Fall 2014 school year with almost 100% of its schools as independently run, publicly funded charter schools.

. Beth will share the results of her qualitative research study focused on Teach for American (TFA) and charter district reform conducted in New Orleans. Her experiences shed light not only on this contemporary issue in education, but also on the manner in which qualitative researchers might study similar issues. For this session we are particularly interested in hearing from others who are doing work related to educational reform. Bring your research questions and ideas.

October 1
Poe 512
12-1:30 p.m.

Qualitative Research - Methods and Applications in Public
Health (And What Educational Researchers Can Learn from It)
Emily Namey

Emily will share her wealth of experience using qualitative research methods in her work as a Senior Research Associate at FHI 360. She will describe supplemental data collection techniques that she has used in addition to the “big three” data collection techniques: interviews, focus groups, observation. Emily has conducted large scale qualitative research projects in her work at FHI, Duke University’s Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy, Duke’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Trent Center for Bioethics, Intel Corporation, and Nike. In this session, we will also encourage you to share your current research projects and ideas. This is a great opportunity to seek advice about data collection and analysis strategies and techniques.

November 5
Poe 512
12-1:30 p.m.

My Masculinity Helps
Marc Grimmett

This session will begin with a screening of Marc’s documentary film, My Masculinity Helps. This short documentary explores the role of African American men and boys in the prevention of sexual violence. In addition to describing the development of the film, Marc will also discuss his follow up study to assess the impact of the film on viewers. This session provides an opportunity for researchers to consider the use of alternative formats for sharing research findings, particularly through multi-media. See also:

Speaker Biographies and Backgrounds

Beth Sondel joined the Department of Elementary Education as an Assistant Professor in Social Studies and Social Justice Education after completing her PhD at University of Wisconsin in the fall of 2013. Her research partners critical theory with qualitative research to interrogate the relationship between social justice, democracy, and public schools. More specifically, she has looked at the role of Teach For America in market-based reform in New Orleans and elsewhere.

Emily Namey is a senior research associate specializing in qualitative research at FHI 360, a nonprofit global health and development organization headquartered in Durham, North Carolina. In that role, she contributes to the design, implementation, conduct, monitoring, and dissemination of qualitative and mixed methods research, primarily in the fields of HIV prevention, bioethics, and economic development. Prior to her work at FHI 360, she spent over 5 years at Duke University, splitting time among the Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the Trent Center for Bioethics. At Duke, Emily implemented qualitative research on subjects ranging from maternity care to vaccine trial partici-pation to ethical approaches to genomic research recruitment. She has experience in the private sector as well, having completed projects at Intel Corporation and Nike, Inc.

Marc Grimmett is an associate professor of counselor education. The conceptual framework for his approach to research and scholarship is titled R.A.D.I.C.A.L. scholarship which means Research Activism to Deconstruct Institutionalized Cultures and Advocate for Liberation. This framework currently includes four areas of concentration and corresponding goals, which are: transforming contextual and systemic factors to promote the healthy development of African American boys; facilitating access to mental health counseling using a counselor education program-based community mental health clinic; creating social justice counselor education teaching methods; and preventing power-based violence through education, activism, and community partnerships.

Davis Library's New Research Hub on 2nd Floor

For researchers interested in working with social science data and tools for analysis, the newly refurbished second floor of Davis Library debuts as a center to support investigation, analysis, and visualization in many formats. The Odum Institute Open Lab will be part of this new Hub.

Students and faculty will find equipment and expertise for: geographic information systems (GIS), quantitative data services, text and data mining, digital humanities, data visualization, data management and planning, and repository services.

Working with a Research Hub librarian or technologist means you also tap into expertise at Research Hub locations across the Libraries, plus a vast network of campus referrals.

In addition to the Odum Institute, Research Hub partners include the Center for Faculty Excellence, the NC Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute, the Carolina Health Informatics Program, and REACH NC.

For more information, please contact

60 Years of Net Migration Data Available through User-Friendly Website

A unique dataset spanning 60 years from 1950 to 2010 allows users to examine net migration for all U.S. counties broken down by age, race, Hispanic origin, and sex. Paul Voss, senior spatial analyst at the Odum Institute, worked with colleagues at the University of Wisconsin to generate this unique data series for the 1990s and 2000s. Voss describes how this is a “one of a kind dataset” and that “what is really somewhat remarkable is the kind of stories the charts can tell.”

This data is publicly available through the Net Migration website created by Jim Beaudoin of the Applied Population Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Users of the website can view interactive maps, create charts, or download data. The website has seen significant traffic since its release with over 140,000 maps and over 69,000 charts created.

Dr. Voss discusses how this data can be used to see patterns among counties and how in many ways “every county seems to have a signature pattern.” Net migration data can be used to explore a variety of research questions spanning disciplines from sociology to public policy. Researchers wishing to download the full data for the 2000s can do so from the Net Migration website; the full datasets for the 1950s to 2000s are available from ICPSR.

Virtual Computing Lab Makes Software Available Remotely

The Odum Institute, in partnership with ITS Research Computing, has made available several lab applications on the Virtual Computing Laboratory (VCL). Located at, 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:

  • Atlas.ti
  • GIS/Spatial Analysis Applications (with ArcGIS 9.3.1, ENVI+IDL, and many other spatial analysis applications)

  • LaTeX (with TeXNicCenter, MikTeX, and JabRef)
Other environments available include quantitative analysis applications.

To get started, visit, 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 For problems or questions about the Odum Institute VCL images, please e-mail

Triangle Implementation Group

Please join the Triangle Implementation Group for the 2014 semi-annual meeting.

This event is free and open to the public.

March 27, 2014: 1-4 p.m.

Marriott at Research Triangle Park
4700 Guardian Drive, Durham, NC 27703

Salon A/B

Sponsored by the Triangle Implementation Group
in collaboration with Global Implementation Initiative.


Please register your attendance to the event by clicking on the following link: Event Registration Form Linkr contact Cathy Mutarelli at or 336.315.7418.

Keynote Presenter: Abe Wandersman—University of South Carolina

“Because Implementation Matters: Bridging the Gap between Implementation Science and Implementation Practice with Practical Implementation Science”

Panel Discussion: Implications for Research, Practice, & Policy

  • Karen Blase— National Implementation Research Network; Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • Bryan Weiner –UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • Karen Ponder—Ponder, Inc.

Event Information
For more information regarding this event, please visit the following website:

TIG March 2014 Meeting Information

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NIH Funding Opportunity: Translating Basic Behavioral and Social Science Discoveries into Interventions to Improve Health-related Behaviors

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