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CPSM Spring Graduates

The Odum Institute congratulates 5 recent recipients of the Certificate in Survey Methodology. The Certificate Program in Survey Methodology is the Institute’s graduate level 17-credit hour program.


From left to right: Scott Brees, Paul Biemer (CPSM Director), Kathleen Clark, Susan Hedges, Laura Frankel, Seung Yu, Doug Currivan (CPSM instructor), Teresa Edwards (CPSM instructor).

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

Seeking Student to Assist with Qualitative Analysis Project

The Carolina Women's Center and the Graduate and Professional Student Federation at UNC are looking for a graduate student to help complete the qualitative analysis of data from a survey of parenting experiences at UNC-Chapel Hill. The initial coding and preliminary analysis, using ATLAS.ti, have already been completed.

If interested, please contact Clare Counihan at or

Carolina Survey Research Laboratory seeking Project Manager

The Carolina Survey Research Laboratory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is seeking a Project Manager (PM) for a multi-year tobacco study. Please visit for the descripton.

PM must be able to apply population-based research principles and methodology to a variety of smoking-related projects from beginning to end. Must be able to work independently and synthesize information at multiple levels and channels. Must able to utilize multiple sources of data to inform and complete data collection projects on time. Must be able to speak and write clearly through reports, presentations and publications. Must be able to work in MS Excel, Access and SAS – other databases and statistical packages are a plus. Must work well in a team environment and be flexible. Several opportunity for publications exist.

Master’s degree in public health, social science or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience conducting population-based research, preferably in a call center environment.

To apply online, click the link and follow instructions: ttps://

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

Odum Assists Orange County Solid Waste Management

Odum staff members Teresa Edwards and Chris Wiesen recently provided assistance to Orange County Solid Waste Management (OCSWM) for a survey of users of the County’s five Solid Waste Convenience Centers (SWCCs). The primary purpose was to collect data to apportion the usage of the SWCCs into two parts: usage by residents who live in the incorporated areas of the county, and usage by residents who live outside the incorporated areas. Other information regarding recycling behavior and preferences was also collected. Edwards and Wiesen worked with OCSWM staff to devise a sampling and data collection plan to provide a “snapshot” view of SWCC usage over a one week period for each site. OCSWM staff conducted the surveys and entered the data into an application provided by Odum, and Odum analyzed the data and wrote the report, available from the County here.

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