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Lecture: “The Social Life of Uncertainty in Clinical Exome Sequencing” (Sept. 10)

September 10, 1-2 p.m.
Location: Bondurant 2020
Presenter: Stefan Timmermans

Overview from Stefan Timmermans: "I discuss the increased routinization of genomic testing for patients by examining how genotype-phenotype causality is established and its myriad consequences for disease management. Using ethnographic data, I follow the technology of exome sequencing from the laboratory where staff process and interpret patient samples to the clinic where clinicians inform patients of results and to the home where patients locate these results within the broader challenges of their illness experience. Because genomic test results reverberate through family trees, they reframe the past and the future, differentiating genomic stakeholders in new ways. Still, in the end, genomic information is more abstract than practical, especially in the overdetermined situation of disability."

Lecture: “Abductive Analysis: Theorizing Qualitative Research” (Sept. 10)

September 10, 10-11 a.m.
Location: Bondurant G030.
Presenter: Stefan Timmermans

Overview from Stefan Timmermans: "I position abductive analysis as an alternative to grounded theory. Drawing upon the pragmatism of Charles S. Peirce, I discuss the key orienting principles of abductive analysis and illustrate them with an example."

Virtual Institute for Social Research (VISR)

The Virtual Institute for Social Research (VISR) is a powerful computing network initiated by researchers at the Odum Institute in partnership with the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI). When fully developed, VISR will bring social science investigators together in a virtual collaborative environment with enough computing power to tackle the challenges of big data management, thus putting the full potential of the big data revolution at the fingertips of social scientists around the world.

For more information on VISR, please see the white paper that outlines how VISR will give researchers a venue for collaboration, access to supercomputing power, and a full suite of tools to take advantage of big data for society’s benefits. For more information, go to

Humanitarian Mapathon

Whether you are new to geography or a GIS expert, come to the ResearchHUB and contribute to the largest existing open source map of the world.

Contrary to popular belief, large parts of the world have yet to be mapped. The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team aims to fill in the blanks where it’s most needed, when it’s most needed.

We’ll be combining our efforts to produce geospatial data for areas in crisis, where relief workers, planners, governments, and locals need high-quality data to get their communities up and running again. If possible, please bring a laptop computer and we’ll start contributing shortly after a quick demonstration.

For more information, go to

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